Killer Attraction

Killer Attraction

by Avery Flynn

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Overview

Devin Harris may have given up his MMA fighting dreams, but that doesn't mean he isn't always in control. So when someone embezzles millions under his watch, he isn't going to let the private investigator working the case go it alone—even if she is the woman who blew him away in bed and then blew him off.

A fighter since birth, Allegra "Ryder" Falcon would rather trade in her all-black wardrobe for

head-to-toe hot pink than let anyone ever see the cracks in her tough exterior. So when she finally gets an assignment she can prove herself on, she's horrified to realize it's with her one-night stand. The one she hasn't been able to forget. Too much is at stake for her to walk, but staying means risking more than just her life...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682813690
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/2014
Pages: 190
Sales rank: 1,150,549
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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This Year's Black

A Killer Style Novel


By Avery Flynn, Stephen Morgan, Nina Bruhns

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Avery Flynn
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-623-2


CHAPTER 1

"One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress."

— Karl Lagerfeld

Harbor City, New York

Paulie's Gym wasn't a fancy exercise emporium with spinning classes, personal trainers, and TVs hanging from the ceiling. The men and handful of women punching the heavy bag or trading jabs in the ring didn't care about those things. They came to work up a sweat, not gossip over the water cooler. No one cared that the smell was enough to knock a person on his ass, if his sparring partner's right hook didn't get him first.

Ignoring the sweat soaking through her black spandex tank top, Allegra "Ryder" Falcon balanced soft on her feet while people milled around outside the boxing ring. Her opponent had at least a hundred pounds on her, but she had something Cam Hardy didn't. Iron-willed focus ... and the never-ending need to prove herself.

Locked in on her opponent, Ryder bounced on the balls of her feet, waiting for his attention to waver. All she needed was half a second to land a quick jab or high kick —

The gym door opened —

Cam's eyes shifted —

Bam! Ryder's right leg landed with a solid thump against his solar plexus.

Air wheezed out of his lungs like a fast deflating balloon.

She followed up with a quick punching combination and a roundhouse kick before grabbing his arm, spinning into position, and flipping him over her back.

He landed with enough force to make the ring's elevated floor bounce. Used to Ryder's weekly balls-to-the-wall sparring workouts, the other gym-goers barely glanced up from their own activities.

"Damn it Ryder," Cam mumbled around his mouth guard. "This is the last time I spar with you. The plan was to go easy on each other. Tony's right. You don't play well with others."

"You say that every time we spar, but you're still here twice a week without fail." She laughed and helped him up off the floor, which took considerably more effort than tossing him. "Man, have you gained weight?"

"Only muscle." He flexed his thick biceps as he shucked off the cushioned helmet, then winked one of his ice-blue eyes at her. "The ladies love it."

"Yeah, for the one night they get with you before you've moved on to the next unsuspecting sap." Cam's dating history was as long and sordid as a pornified version of War and Peace. If she didn't love him so much — like a second cousin twice removed — she'd punch even harder in the ring.

"Like you're any different. When was the last time I saw you with the same guy twice?"

That hit her right between the eyes. If Cam's fists connected as well as his words, she would have been the one on her ass. "I don't think my dates number anywhere near yours." She shrugged off the all-too-familiar ache. "Anyway, I have my reasons."

She had a type. Overly possessive, muscle-bound losers with a shaky grasp on employment and a too-tight grip on her. Then there was Heath. She shivered. He'd turned out to be even worse.

"Hey, the ladies enjoy themselves, and I never make any promises I can't keep." Cam put a foot on the ring's bottom rope and lifted the top one. "Speaking of which, how about you put in a good word about me with Drea?"

"Not in a million years." She slipped through the opening and stalked toward the locker room, leaving Cam and her bad memories behind her.

"How come?"

"One, she would eat you for breakfast. And two, I like Drea."

"You like me." Again, he winked.

How many girls had melted under Cam's patented charm offensive? Way more than she ever wanted to know about. "Not enough to sell out one of my best friends, pretty boy."

He laid his palm against his chest and mimed a faint. "You're killing me here."

"There's not a jury who would convict me." She pushed open the women's locker room's swinging door. "Especially since, with your dating history, at least half the jury would be made up of your ex-girlfriends."

God love the man, Cam was in for a world of hurt when he finally did find someone he wanted to be with for the long-term. Dude would not have any idea what to do. She couldn't wait to watch.

He reached out and gave her a noogie before she could twist away. "Twenty-five is too young for you to be that damn cynical, Ryder girl. You know no woman is an island, not even you."

She shoved his hand away and stuck her tongue out. "So says the twenty-nine-year-old commitment phobe."

"Hey, we're not talking about me, here." There went that million-watt grin again.

"Cam, we're always talking about you." She patted his cheek. "And you love it."

The locker room door slammed shut behind her, and she peeled off her black workout clothes while ignoring the little voice reminding her of her own romantic mishaps. Mishaps. Now that was putting it mildly. More like a nuclear-level, chain-reaction explosion that gave her a nasty case of radiation poisoning so severe she could use her heart as a nightlight. For the entire tri-state area.

Ryder popped the handle on her locker right in time to hear the first buzz from her cell phone. The office number for Maltese Security flashed on the screen. As always, work rescued her from events she'd rather leave locked in a grimy basement.

She pressed the talk button. "Hola, boss, what's shaking?"

"I need you down at Dylan's Department Store right away." Tony Falcon, Maltese Security's owner, CEO, worrier-in-chief, and her big brother, had never been one for small talk, which just made Ryder want to needle him all the more.

"Hello to you, too, big brother. I'm doing great today, thanks for asking."

"Very funny. Dylan's is our biggest client right now. We can't afford for them to jump ship — not if I'm going to make payroll. I'm tied up on the Bowden case, and you're the only other one who's dealt with George Dylan before. He's quirky, but he likes you."

Ryder rolled her eyes. "He likes my ass." After their last visit to Dylan's corporate headquarters, she was surprised she didn't have drool soaking the back of her black trousers. Ewwww.

"Ugh, you're my sister. Don't go there." Tony made a sound of disgust that reminded Ryder of her dog Kermit sucking the last bit of peanut butter from the roof of his mouth. "Here's the deal, someone has their hand in the company till. They need us to go in and figure out who and get the money back as quietly and quickly as possible. They're in the middle of a merger, and George is afraid if word leaks, the company's stock will tank and the deal will blow up."

Her pulse ratcheted up and she did a little jig. She was so in. "Sounds easy enough."

"Oh yeah, I'm sure everything will go off without a hitch." Sarcasm thickened her older brother's tone. "Even though I can't be there with you, I'll walk you through it every step of the way."

She slammed her locker door shut. "Tony, I have a degree in forensic accounting. You can barely balance your checkbook. I'm pretty sure I've got this."

"You're a funny girl, baby sister, but there's a big difference between book smarts and street smarts. Anyway, you go rogue on this like the last big case you had and I'll fire you faster than mom can dice a tomato."

Fighting the urge to scream with frustration, she closed her eyes and sucked in a deep breath. When she opened them a second later, the red haze had dissipated. "I grew up a cop's kid, just like you. I'm not some naif from the Midwest fresh off the bus." She paced in front of the lockers, already jonesing for another workout to blow off sibling-induced steam. "I can do this, Tony. Trust me."

"It's not that I don't —"

"Stop being my big brother and be my boss. You hired me. Do you think I can do the job or not?"

He didn't answer.

A lump the size of her Nonni's olive oil collection formed in her throat. She counted to five. If her phone had picked this moment to lose its signal, she was going to drown it in the toilet. "You there?"

"Yeah, I'm here." He sighed. "Okay, it's your case. Don't make me regret this. But you go over the plan with me. And you stay in contact with me while you're there."

"Yes, sir." She shimmied and almost tripped over her untied shoelaces.

Now, this sounded like a James Bond adventure — at least compared to the stalk-the-cheating-spouse shit she normally got assigned to as low chick on the totem pole. Add to that the fact that her family always treated her like she was still a ten-year-old tomboy in uneven pigtails and torn jeans, and it was enough to make her slam her head against the metal locker door. But this case could be her chance to prove them wrong and make them see her as she really was.

Forty-five quick minutes later, Ryder paused outside of George Dylan's office, her hand curled around the brass doorknob, eavesdropping on the very impassioned discussion happening on the other side of the thick oak doors. As the youngest of five kids, she'd perfected the skill while still in diapers. How else would she have gathered enough intel to blackmail her siblings into doing her chores? Lucky for Tony, she only used her powers for good these days.

Mostly.

The door muffled most of the conversation, but she managed to pluck a few phrases from the murmur.

"Don't need ..." Something about the growly voice tugged on her memory.

"... A lid on it ..." George Dylan's signature, two-pack-a-day wheeze identified the second speaker.

"Ruin everything ..." Oh, mystery man was not thrilled about bringing in professional help.

It wasn't the first time Maltese Security had run into client resistance on a case. Just like lawyers, no one wanted a private security expert until they were neck-deep in quicksand and needed one. And then they really, really wanted one.

"Can you hear anything good?"

Ryder jumped a mile high and whirled around in the same move. A petite woman in her early sixties with her ebony hair pulled back into a tight bun and no-nonsense, orthopedic granny shoes on her feet eyeballed Ryder with unblinking eyes.

Damn, she was so busted. Heat burned her cheeks. "George's secretary wasn't in and —"

"I'm Sarah Molina, Mr. Dylan's executive assistant. I apologize that my trip to the ladies' room was not timed for your convenience." She settled behind her desk and paused with her hands hovering above the keyboard. "Is there something I can help you with?"

Ryder bristled. She was eavesdropping, not stealing the crown jewels. "I'm here to see George. I have an appointment."

"Your name?"

"Ryder Falcon."

Sarah picked up the phone receiver and spoke quietly into it. "Mr. Dylan, there is a Ms. Falcon here to see you. She says she has an appointment." After half a minute of listening, she pursed her lips together in obvious displeasure and put the receiver down with an emphatic click. "You may go right in."

"Thanks." Ryder nodded, flicked her wrist, and turned the knob, pushing the door open. "Sorry to interrupt ..."

The mystery man talking to the Dylan's Department Store CEO spun around to face her, and the rest of her spiel died on her tongue.

There were men she'd slept with and never thought much about again. Then, there was a handful whose memory always put her in a good mood, like a cool beer on a warm night. Standing before her was the one man who'd bypassed the pleasant-buzz setting and had zoomed straight into the hardcore, make-your-panties-wet, two-shots-of-Tequilla-too-many danger zone.

An inch shy of six feet, Devin Harris had the body of a professional mixed martial arts fighter — complete with heavily inked skin — wrapped in a dark navy, pin-striped Brooks Brothers suit. He topped it off with short-clipped hair, model-worthy cheekbones, and a square jaw that would make Superman weep with jealousy. The combination of badass brawler and smooth corporate wolf sucked the smart-ass right out of her.

He was just her type, which was about as big of an indictment against him as there could be.

In a moment of epic bad judgment a few weeks ago, she'd ignored the quiet accountant types at the bar and had gone after the man she'd really wanted. Confident bordering on cocky. Sexy as hell. Too tempting for words. After their one night together and too many orgasms to count, she'd woken up wrapped in his arms, never wanting to leave even as she hated herself for falling back into old bad habits.

After Heath — after the hospital — she'd sworn never again.

So she'd snuck out of Mr. Temptation's bed, gone home, deleted his number from her phone, and blocked him. But that hadn't stopped her from thinking about him — and wondering foolishly if maybe he was different. If her guy radar wasn't completely for shit. But in the end she knew it was.

Recognition flickered in his latte-colored eyes, and her stomach did the loop-de-loop.

His mouth flattened into a straight line, and he crossed his arms. "George, tell me this is not the crack security professional you've been trying to sell me on."

Ryder's spine straightened like a whip snapping. The pompous prick.

"You forget yourself, Devin," George wheezed. "You work for me. I don't have to sell you on a damn thing."

* * *

Devin Harris bit back his scathing response because George was right, which shredded his ego like sandpaper on sliced Rye.

Ryder Falcon. Shit, with a name like that she should be in skin-tight red leather, fighting super villains in a comic book. Lord knew she was tough enough to make normal men quake in their pleated Dockers. He'd learned that for himself during their one hot night together when he'd licked his way down her toned abs and up her hard thighs.

It was a damn good thing he'd acquired an immunity to her particular brand of super-powered hotness in the three weeks since they'd hooked up. He barely noticed the way her tight body filled out the fitted, black suit that hugged her slim curves in all the right places. He'd already completely forgotten how she'd tasted of cinnamon, spice, and no-holds-barred sex so good his balls had practically sung the Hallelujah Chorus when he'd come the first time — and every other time that night. What he hadn't forgotten was that he'd woken up alone like a loser the next morning.

How many times had he called her cell only to be met by a deafening busy signal? His father may be right that he was just a stubborn ex-jock with a dented brain, but he'd finally gotten her message. The last thing he needed in his life was another woman who sent mixed signals — no matter how sexy she was. Been there. Done her. Never want to again.

"Ryder, I apologize for my right-hand man's rudeness. Let me introduce you. Devin Harris is our general merchandise manager." George ambled around the desk, his over-indulged belly leading the way. "He blames himself for the troubles, which I've already told him is preposterous — unless, of course, he's the one syphoning off my cash." He chuckled at his own joke and held out his hand to Ryder. "Devin, this lovely lady is Ryder Falcon with Maltese Security."

She shook his hand, her jaw tightening when the CEO held on for a few beats too many. Irritation tightened Devin's spleen when he realized he'd actually counted how many seconds the handshake had lasted.

"Is there anyone who sticks out as a possible suspect?" she asked.

"All the signs point to Craig in accounting," Devin snarled. "I'm just choosing to ignore them because I want to sabotage the deal to take Dylan's Department Store global."

Even to himself, his sarcasm sounded like the spoiled, petulant teenager he used to be. Ryder didn't miss his snotty tone, either. She pivoted to face him. When he'd stripped her down to her see-through black bra and panties with her feet flat on the floor, she'd stood almost eye to eye with him. Today, in her heels, she added a good three inches to her height, putting her at just over six feet.

Looking up to a woman like Ryder would have some men on edge, but Devin relished the challenge she presented. Not that he wanted her under — or above — him again, but nothing got his blood pumping faster than someone telling him he couldn't do something.

And Ryder Falcon was a walking stop sign.

"I'm not questioning your abilities," she said in a tone that did just that. "I was simply starting my research. The more I know about the situation, the faster I'll be able to track down the embezzler and recover your lost funds."

George patted his stomach. "My thoughts exactly. That's why I want you to come onboard and pose as Devin's personal assistant during the investigation. That will give you access to most of our people without raising too many eyebrows."

The wind rushed out of Devin's lungs as if he'd gotten a side kick to the chest. "What are you talking about?" His lungs ached with the effort of sputtering out the five words. "I can do this on my own."


(Continues...)

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Killer Attraction 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
cnapper67 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Ryder feels that she can't trust her judgement anymore after a man cons her and  then sends her to the  hospital. She decides that she needs a commitment free year. She has a wonderful one-night stand with a man that could make her question that so she doesn't reply to any of his calls or texts. He gets the message. Then fate steps in. Ryder works for the family security firm and gets an assignment to find an embezzler at a department store. The person she will be working with is none other than the one-night stand she wants to forget. They have to travel to the Andol Republic to try to bring back the embezzler and the fun begins. At first they both try to deny the attraction they have and just try to find the embezzler but then they have to give in and it is explosive. The story has romance, sex, mystery, and corruption. It was a great read and I am looking forward reading more of Avery Flynn's work.
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
Once again Avery Flynn delivers a delicious story with an extra helping of sexy and a double portion of snarky banter, all served up on a platter full of the fashion world. This second installment in her Killer Style series had me laughing and fanning myself as Ryder and Devin have to work together to uncover an embezzler while the sparks are flying between them and danger seems to find them at every turn. I just loved Ryder. She was one strong, kick-ass heroine who has been hurt in the past by a relationship gone bad…and has put herself in a one-year time out as far as relationships are concerned. “She loved her best friends, but she’d made her decision of a commitment-free year to retrain her guy-dar so she’d stop falling for the same brand of s***head as she had in the past and she was sticking to it.” Devin was sexy as all get out and, despite his rough exterior and the scars he carries from his past, was sweet and everything you would want in an alpha male. He can’t believe it when he finds out that the PI that his boss has hired to help investigate the embezzling going on turns out to Ryder – the woman who he had a steamy, one-night affair with…the woman who snuck out in the morning and refused to answer any of his calls afterward. Of course the tension between the two makes for some fabulous scenes, especially since Devin can’t help but find himself turned on by everything that Ryder does – even when she’s telling him where to go and how to get there! “Devin had been told, subtly, and not so subtly, to f*** off too many times to count, but this was the first time that his only response was a twitch behind his zipper.” And when their investigation has them travelling together to attend fashion week on an island off the coast of Chile, the close proximity has sparks flying as both Devin and Ryder try to keep from acting on the attraction that they both feel. “Trapped in midair, halfway into the nine-hour flight, Devin acted out his own version of Jack typing in the old Steven King movie, The Shining. But he was punching random letters on the keyboard to keep the horny away instead of the crazy.” As their investigation begins to ruffle the wrong feathers and they find themselves having to rely on one another to stay alive, I loved watching Devin and Ryder work together to keep each other safe – and I especially loved the just how much respect Devin gave to Ryder and her ability to fight and protect herself. This was a fun read, especially with all that witty banter, snark and fun commentary that Avery Flynn adds to story. One of my favorite lines, from the beginning of the book… “Cam’s dating history was as long and sordid as a pornified version of War and Peace.” Looking forward to the next book in the Killer Style series! I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.
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MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a fun and sexy adventure you have come to the right place. Avery Flynn's second book in her A Killer Style series, THIS YEAR'S BLACK, does not disappoint! Her lovers, Ryder and Devin, have a phenomenal night together leaving them both knowing they have met someone who will change their life forever. Problem being Devin is all for it, he calls, he texts, he wants more! He knows he found something special with Ryder that may never come along again. But Ryder, she's terrified of the feelings she had when she was with Devin. She's been fooled in the worst way and doesn't trust her instincts about men so she's made a vow to never see the same man more than once. She bolts leaving Devin wondering what went wrong. Skip ahead a few weeks and Ryder gets her first assignment as the lead on a case. An embezzlement case that's right up her alley with her forensic accounting skills. When she meets with the client to begin her investigation she finds that she must work the case with Devin, the one night stand she can't get out of her head no matter how hard she tries. Devin is just as shocked to see her and angry about how she ditched him without a word. Women just did not do that to him! These two were such a great pairing, so equally matched in every way. As they took off on their adventure to chase down the embezzler and recover the money stolen you just knew Devin would have his wicked way with Ryder. And oh my, does he! Ryder is too attracted to Devin to resist for long, but oh, she does not go down easily. Their verbal sparring was awesome to read! As was their sexy times, and their mishaps, and even the way they fought off the bad guys like a coordinated team. I'm so glad that the majority of the story was all about Ryder and Devin because the reading was thrilling on so many levels. The suspense, mystery, bad guy part of storyline seemed almost like an afterthought and so was a little too predictable. But watching these two finally succumb to the inevitable was wondrous and totally make the book a must-read! 4 stars ~Complimentary copy received in exchange for a honest review.
JillianReadLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
This Year’s Black is the second book in author Avery Flynn’s Killer Style series and follows High Heeled Wonder. Like the perfect sweater you love to pair with your favorite worn skinny jeans and pumps, This Year’s Black is a total must in your book wardrobe! Growing up with all boys, Allegra “Ryder” Falcon is used to having to fight for what she wants. She’s never shied away from a challenge and her biggest one yet is placed in her lap when her brother, and owner of the security firm she’s an investigator with, finally gives her her own case. One she can run exactly how she wants. Of course when she sees who she’ll be working with, run is exactly what she wants to do. Out the door to be exact. One night with a delicious ex-MMA fighter has left her off-kilter and after swearing off relationships for a year, and ignoring his phone calls for too many weeks to count, it would figure that he’s the one she’s set to help with this investigation. What are the odds? Fate must have been wearing her fat day jeans when she threw this mess together. Ryder has no choice but to try her best to ignore the attraction she’s been ignoring since that one hot and steamy night and get all her focus on this case. Too much was at stake. Of course that was all easier said than done when they have to leave the country to go after their suspect. Too much time spent together in too small a space and one thing is bound to lead to another. Former MMA fighter turned fashion mogul Devin Harris knows there’s a thief in his company and he knows he’s gotta put an end to it. Especially before the impending merger is set to happen because if he didn’t, there would be no merger. He has too many regrets from his past and won’t allow this company to fall because some greedy employee can’t keep her fingers out of the till. Never in a million years did he think the woman he couldn’t stop thinking about since she left his bed would be the one to help save him. Now he not only has a chance to save the company, but also a chance to win Ryder. She wouldn’t end up being a regret he would have to live with.   With a little bit of luck, she would be in his life long after this investigation ends. If they both survive it…. The attraction Ryder is trying to ignore is exactly what Devin will count on to revive the passion they shared that one night. In the midst of death threats, catching a thief, and kicking bad guy ass, will they be able to find something strong and meaningful? Oh man, I loved this book! Ryder is a strong and confident woman with more than a few hidden soft spots. She’s got a rough and tough personality but knows what her weaknesses are…one being the gorgeous Devin. Knowing she has too much to prove to her family, she tries her best to ignore him and keep him at arm’s length. Ha! With Devin’s persistent ways, she doesn’t stand a chance. That man knows exactly what he’s up against and he may have had many fights in the ring, but he realizes Ryder may be his toughest fight yet. The chemistry and passion between these two is as hot as those red-heeled stilettos we all love. Delicious. The back and forth between them was really well done. Just enough without being too much or not enough. Of course, all the while the hunt for the embezzler added an intense layer to this story and kept me on the edge of my seat. It was quite a chase for these two and I was worried more than once someone would get seriously hurt. Luckily, Ryder and Devin both have some serious ass-kicking moves. Over all, this book has it all. Passion, heat, danger, mystery and action all wrapped up in a stylish package. Thank you, Avery, for yet another fantastic read!
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim This Year’s Black is only the second book I’ve read from Avery Flynn. I have to say I really like her writing style. Avery writes heroines who are strong, independent, and take no prisoners. While this is the second book in the Killer Style series, it is a standalone read. But if you’re like me and haven’t read High-Heeled Wonder, this book will have you wanting to read it. After an abusive relationship, Ryder Falcon is taking a break from dating. She now has a one-time hook up rule. After the hook up, she’s gone like a thief in the night. Never to be seen or heard from again. For awhile, Ryder was good at doing this, until she ended up in bed with him. The him would be former MMA fighter turned General Merchandise Manager and right hand man to the CEO of Dylan’s Department Stores, Devin Harris. Devin tried calling Ryder so many times, she had to block his number. Ryder has been working for her brother’s security company, Maltese Security. So far, her only assignments have been pretty boring. I mean seriously, there are only so many cheating spouse cases a girl can take. But Ryder’s luck is about to change when she gets called in to investigate an embezzlement case. Finally, it’s time to put her forensic accounting degree to use. Ryder is on a high until she walks into the executive offices of Dylan’s Department Stores and discovers Devin is her new client contact. After discovering the embezzlement goes back further than expected and the amount of money missing is greater, Ryder and Devin must travel to the tropical paradise island of Andol to get the money and bring back the embezzler. Piece of cake. Until you factor in the strong feelings that still exist between the two. Add to that, their element of surprise has been taken away from them and they are receiving threats. Worst of all, because of the nature of the island, no one will help them. Not even the police. Unlike most romantic suspense books I've read, the main character of This Year's Black is the heroine. I loved that!!! Ryder isn't a damsel in need of being rescued. She's the one who's kicking butt and takin names. Not that Devin can't and doesn't hold his own, because he can and does. I found the book to be intense but not as intense as some romantic suspense books. And when you talk romance, it's very hot between these two. I finally understand how people can get busy when they're in trouble. The suspense/action is slow building. Meaning that it isn't immediately there. But when it comes, it's good. Ryder has a never give up attitude which at times serves her well. But when things turn bad, she’s going to have to learn how to ask for help and work as a team and realize that it isn’t just her against the world. Source: Blog Tour Host
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Allegra "Ryder" Falcon works for Maltese Security, a family business. She is good at what she does but her confidence has taken a blow. She was hurt by a man with no-honor. She doubts her choices which is why she ran away from Devin Harris even thought they were attracted to each other. Now they must work together to find an embezzler. Can they trust each other and be a team? Since I love romantic suspense this book was perfect for me. I love Ryder. She is a strong, no nonsense woman who takes no prisoners. She has met her match in Devin. He is just as stubborn and determined as she is. I enjoy their battle of wills as well as their sexy romance. I love these passionate characters and their intense fiery attraction. This story is well plotted and filled with many twist and turns. It was amazing how the original case evolved into a life or death situation. Avery Flynn has done a great job bringing these characters to life. This Year's Black was romantic, humorous and suspenseful. I loved this book.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Ryder Falcon isn’t your typical protagonist in many ways, yet she’s a perfect fit for author Avery Flynn’s THIS YEAR’S BLACK. Ryder is strong and independent, but has a vulnerable side she tries hard to hide. She’s been in an abusive relationship so now she’s afraid to trust and love again. Ryder, who has a forensic accounting degree, works for her brother’s security company, Maltese Security, doing mostly low level jobs. When she’s assigned an embezzlement case for Dylan’s Department Store, she determined to show her family she’s got what it takes. However, Ryder runs into a bit of a problem when the store owner wants her to work with his second-in-command, Devin Harris. Devin is the one-night stand Ryder has refused to return calls from and has been avoiding. Working together, Ryder and Devin will have to fight their feelings for one another while trying to catch the embezzler. Things turn deadly, as well as heat up, as their investigation takes them to a tropical island. The author has created likable characters with faults and issues readers can relate to. She reverses things having the man rebuffed and the woman with commitment issues. The characters’ interaction is engaging and draws the reader in. THIS YEAR’S BLACK is a fast-pace story filled with suspense and steamy romance. The action grabs the reader and holds on until the end. This is the second installment in the Killer Style series, but can be read on its own. This is a tantalizing read that will hold you mesmerized with a spirited heroine and a sexy hero. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me as part of the author’s virtual book tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
MeekoReads741 More than 1 year ago
What happens when you take a HOT, stylish former MMA fighter and a sexy, a**-kicking private investigator and send them out together on a case!  FIREWORKS! This second installment of the Killer Style Series does not disappoint.  You have it all fun, laughter, sass, intrigue, steam and fire….in and out of the bedroom.   Join all the fashionistas and get your copy of This Year’s Black by Avery Flynn!
SusanScottShelley More than 1 year ago
I love stories with strong heroines and absolutely LOVED Ryder! This Year's Black is book 2 in the Killer Style series, but can be read as a stand-alone. Ryder is called in to help figure out who is embezzling money from Dylan's Department store and must work with Devin, George Dylan's right hand man (and retired MMA fighter). The pair previously shared one steamy night, and the sparks here are off the charts. Witty dialogue, action, suspense, hot love scenes, a tropical locale...another winner from the Fab Avery Flynn!
BeautyMuse4u2 More than 1 year ago
George Dylan, owner and CEO of the high-end, exclusive Dylan's Department Store was in negotiations for a huge merger that would expand his posh department store world wide. He needed this merger to take place without a hitch! There was a problem, however! It seems someone had been pilfering money from the company, and they needed to be found ! The heat was on…. Enter investigator, and security profession, Ryder Falcon who was brought in under the pretense of personal assistant to Devin Harris, Mr.Dylan's general merchandise manager. After presenting her findings, hearing George Dylan's response, and viewing an "inter office letter" he had received from his executive assistant, Sarah, the answer was quite clear! Sarah Molina, George's executive assistant for over 30 years had gone back to her home and family in the Andol Republic and had monetarily compensated herself for the lack of appreciation she felt. As it would happen, Fashion Week would be taking place, and George Dylan had readied the private plane for Ryder and Devin to travel to the beautiful Andol Republic to hob nob, take in the fashions, with a mission to bring back Sarah Molina on their flight back home! No spoilers here! I've just touched the surface of This Year's Black ! I promise, when you pick up your copy…. The journey will begin and you'll experience all feelings , passions, and true desires.! That's the thrill of an Avery Flynn book! Characters come alive before your eyes! This Year's Black: A Killer Style Novel is fast paced, easy to read, and engages you from the first page to it's finale that's literally worthy of a "Big Screen" Climax! - ENJOY !
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Ryder Falcon worked for her brother at Maltese Security.  She was assigned to go work at Dylans Department Store to investigate embezzlement claims.  Once she gets there she realizes she'll be working with Devin Harris.  Devin's a one night stand she had a few weeks ago and he was so amazing and made her feel too much, she had to walk away.   She has vowed to have NO relationships for one year because of her previous relationship-gone-bad and she has a few months left.  Devin wants to break her vow because he knows she's the ONE.  Can they pick up where they left off a few weeks ago and catch an embezzler?   Once this story started, the action never stopped.  Ryder and Devin have sizzling hot chemistry!  Ryder is a kick ass heroine and I don't think it gets much better than Devin Harris.  Muscled, tattooed, tall, dark, and extremely handsome!  Avery Flynn knows how to write a leading man.  I can't wait to see what's next for this amazing author. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Avery Flynn.  And I thought it was pretty good.  I loved the smoking hot chemistry between Ryder and Devin!  I thoroughly enjoyed how tough and kick@$$ Ryder is.  The spark between the two was fun to watch ignite and explode.  The only negative I can say about this book is that I wanted more.  More of the secondary story, more of Ryder and Devin's bantering and more to their HEA.  I may be a little greedy but I enjoyed them and did not want them to end.
Csk513 More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift from the author.  We meet more of the Falcon family in the second book in the Killer Style series.   This time we learn more about little sis, Ryder.  It was a fun little adventure that took us away to a tropical paradise filled with fashion, theft and kidnapping.  Oh and hot romance too!!!   I enjoyed the book very much as there was a little bit of everything needed to make a good escape for me.  This book has a little mystery and action as well as steamy hot scenes and comical ones too.  I look forward to next one in line!!!   Please be Cam...please be Cam!!!
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
Ryder is looking to make herself known in her brothers investigation firm.. She gets a job working for a high end department store to find out who embezzled millions. She meets her one night stand from a few weeks before who is now her new partner. To bad Ryder swore off relationships for a year. Devin is a high fashion executive and was confused as to why Ryder didn't return any of his calls or messages after their one steamy night. They end up having to go to a tropical paradise following the embezzler who appears to have cartel roots. This story takes them into danger, into love and somewhere in between. **I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.
Grandma_Tami More than 1 year ago
Love this series ! Can not wait till the next one comes out . I Love how Avery writes her Men and Women strong but giving and tender when they need to be! But Some nice and steamy sense also ;) Love how they have reference to the other books leads also! Ryder & Devin show how to learn to trust again and can both Kick A$$ the make a great team and can not wait till the next one in the series comes out! AND at the end hope there is a HEA update on them all! hehe
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. Ryder and Devin story is one unforgettable night and some hard feelings later. Getting together again doesn't look so good or is it.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
Great book! This is my first book by Avery Flynn and I'm impressed. I will be looking into her other books. I like the mix of passion, humor, and suspense. I like her writing style. Ryder feels like she has to prove herself in her brother's company which sometimes leads to her decisions not going as planned then throw Devin in the mix to mess with her head. Can these two work together or will it cost them their lives?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so fun to read. It was full of adventure, suspense, humor and a dash of passionate romance.  Ryder & Devin  did not disappoint. I loved reading about them fighting with one another back and forth. They both thought that their **** didn't stink. Ryder is a top notch woman who is not afraid of anything. She vows not be  attached to a relationship for a year, but Handsome devil Devin has plans to turn her world upside down once again. Will Ryder put her heart on the line once again for Devin to capture it... Only time will tell. I strongly recommend this book it will take you on a ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You just have to love any book that makes it's way from Avery's brain to a readable piece of art! Her gift for snark and wit never fail to bring on the smirks or laughs or sometimes, yes, a full on snort. I've seen it happen! Ok, fine, it was me. Devin and Ryder take us on a wild ride from start to finish. I swear there were times it was so hot I could see smoke coming out of my kindle. I just loved the interaction between them. Take a strong and hard headed woman, cross her with a man just as strong and hard headed, add in a whole lot of attitude, and hidden insecurities and hello, we've got enough sparks to start a bonfire! This is one of those books that is just an absolutely fun read! Donna Cheatle (Brazen Bibliophile)
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
This book has it all action, suspense, humor and hot sex between Devin and Ryder. Loved the sexual tension between these two on a tropical island to boot. A page turner that I could not put down, read in one evening. I think my fingers were on fire by the time I got done reading it on my kindle. Highly recommend!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Fun, sexy, and filled with adventure. This is one entertaining book! Well written with great characters and a story that keeps you turning the page. I highly recommend this one!
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
This was fabulous and Avery Flynn has balanced a story with suspense and action with sizzling sexy content perfectly. I have to confess I haven't read the first book in this series, but it's definitely on my reading radar now as if it's half as good as this I'll be a happy lady. Ryder Falcon is one tough lady. Strong, sassy and stubborn, she has made it her mission to ensure she can take care of herself for personal reasons. The same reason why she has declared a commitment-free year has pledged she will only date a man once. When she is placed to investigate an embezzlement case, she doesn't expect to be working alongside the man who rocked her world for one night. Under the corporate suit, Devin Harris is an ex-MMA fighting, cocky, tattooed brute of a man. She may have hauled-ass after their night of extreme pleasure, deleting & blocking his number, but their attraction to one another is undeniable. Ryder can try and fight it, but Devin is simply irresistible... Their chemistry is off-the-scale-sexy and leads to some page-burning intimacy as well as some lovely touching moments. Together they fit and Ryder stirs something deep in Devin. With his own painful secrets my heart ached for him, but underneath the bad-boy exterior is a man who knows all the right things to say: "This is what you do to me every time I so much as think about you. And if I don't stop, I'm going to come in my boxers instead of buried deep inside you, which is the only place in the world I want to be right now." With humour and wit amongst the page-turning suspense and the page-burning sexy content Avery Flynn has brought everything I love in an action romance. This Year's Black is a book I recommend. I received a copy of this courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest & unbiased opinion.