Shades of Temptation

Shades of Temptation

by Virna DePaul

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Overview

WILL HE HELP PROTECT HER OR DRAW A KILLER FROM THE SHADOWS?

Carrie Ward understands dangerous men, and she's got the scars to prove it. These days, the Special Investigations Group detective saves her risk taking for the job. But when she's asked to pursue a high-profile serial killer, she'll have to join forces with the last man she wants to depend on—Jase Tyler, an ace senior detective who's as reckless as she is cautious. And despite her best intentions, the sparks begin to fly.

As Carrie and Jase race to try to save the next victim, the passion that simmers between them ignites. But a cunning killer at the top of his game is challenging Carrie to play to the very end. Now all she can count on are her instincts—and Jase, the one man daring enough to keep her safe....

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163124558
Publisher: Books That Rock
Publication date: 08/22/2019
Series: Special Investigations Group , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 327,862
File size: 528 KB

About the Author

Virna DePaul is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, and a former criminal prosecutor who writes thrilling, sexy stories about ordinary people overcoming extraordinary obstacles to find love. She has been traditionally published with Penguin, Harlequin, and Random House, and is also a bestselling Indie author. Website: www.virnadepaul.com

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Shades of Temptation 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## The "hero" Jase was such an assh*le throughout most of the book that he ruined the story for me. And to the previous reviewer who said he was perfect....come again? In what universe? He was a condescending, arrogant manwhore who was constantly insulting the heroine and questioning her abilities as a cop. Of course he comes around eventually but by then it was too late for me to connect with his character as a hero. The crime drama aspect was excellent but couldn't make up for my dislike of Jase. I just can't fathom the heroine falling for this guy.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: Carrie has just come back on the job at SIG after a one-month sabbatical after she was shot in the leg and subsequently killed the 16 yo that shot her. She had a split second where she questioned shooting him because he was so young and it cost them both. Her first case back is a high-profile serial killer. It should be a dream assignment, but Carrie is having issues (PTSD) from killing the kid and doubting herself and her abilities. Added to that stress is Jase. Jase and she have been circling each other for a while, but he's gorgeous and a player. She is not that kind of girl. She's a tough cop and has worked hard to maintain that non-feminine persona so that there's no question about her abilities on the job. Carrie has a LOT of issues that she's working through in this book. The only issue Jase is having to work through is that he wants Carrie. I loved his character although there were moments when he was almost too perfect. He refuses to push Carrie into something she will regret later and there were times when I really wanted him to push her...or get frustrated with her...or something. BUT that being said, if I could make up my perfect guy, I think that Jase would definitely fit the bill. He's sexy. He's sweet. He's completely upfront with how much he wants Carrie. He's a good cop and quite honestly, he's just an all-around nice guy. I loved how much he wants Carrie and the fact that he's not afraid to show her that. Then there are the serial killers....yes, two of them...both equally evil and psychotic. OMG, the killings in this book are enough to give you nightmares. These guys are psychos and it's hard to tell you which one is worse. I continue to enjoy this series. I like the SIG...5 man investigative team, although this book rocked some of the stability of the team, with their leader on his honeymoon and a couple of the members taking some serious hits. I definitely am looking forward to reading more of their stories. This is just good romantic suspense reading! I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Review: Shades of Temptation by Virna DePaul 3 STARS I really like the story line. Drama was high till the end. Like the characters. This is the second book of this series that I have read. Shades of Desire was the first book that I have read. It did have a lot of swear words and sex scenes that I could have done without. Carrie Ward is a strong women with good points and faults. She really wants to make a difference with her life. Special Agent Carrie Ward worked forCalifornia Department of Justice's Special Investigations Group. In the past she worked as a swat sniper. was milatary police and before that she was an Olympic shooter in fact she won a silver medal. Carrie is attracted to a member of her team Jase. Jase is a serial dater she calls him. He is good looking and women come up to him all the time. Jase flirts with her and she thinks it is because she is hard to get not for her at all. One night when Jase follows her out of the bar leaving his date inside to flirt with her she gets mad at him and bites hard on his ear. After that she walks off to cool down and sees a teen burlger and chases after him when he runs. He comes out of the house and he is so young she hesatates and is shot in the leg. Her second shot kills him. Jase Tyler lost it when he heard Carrie was shot. He can't get her off his mind. He does not want a strong women especially a cop in his personal life. He likes easy relaxing women. He wants to be lead investigator on a serial murder his group was going to head. He heard that Carrie was going to get it . He did not think she was up to heading the investigation. He went to boss on that. Carrie heard that Jase had questioned her fitness to head the serial investigation and that he wanted to be in charge of it. Jase was not the first to think that Carrie was not ready. Both men did not know if its because she is a women, just coming back to work after being shot and killing a teen. Plus the grandmother of teen filed a lawsuit. So Carrie had to work with Jase but she was the lead. They both fought thier attraction to each other. Carrie's home was fire bombed and Jase had her stay with him and then working with him they both gave into the temptation. Carrie has to struggle to be strong but also to have a life outside of work. She is willing to give her life to protect others. Jase realizes that he can handle a strong women and is also willing to risk his life to save others. I was given this email to read in exchange of honest review by Netgalley. 09/25/2012 PUB Harlequin imprint HarlequinHQN
AnnaNanner More than 1 year ago
Grade: B- Special Agents Carrie Ward and Jase Tyler absolutely sizzled from the start! Their attraction was like an electrical current zapping me from my ereader. Usually romances with this type of attraction have me rolling my eyes… not this one! These two characters have been verbally sparring a long time. It’s evident they are ripe for romance. The countdown is evident, yet their attraction is not rushed. In my opinion, it took too long for them to become lovers. The main characters are not the stereotypical romantic suspense hero and heroine. Jase is not the irrational alpha detective nor is Carrie the strong yet breakable woman. Special Agent Carrie Ward is described as a ‘warrior woman’ and she epitomizes the description. She is not without vulnerability. (One specific trait was too often repeated, in my opinion.) Carrie works in a male dominated field. At work, she hides her femininity by wearing androgynous clothing. She feels the need to prove herself as strenth and ability to perform a job, but never tries to act like a man either. Carrie’s has a couple of hard-to-swallow melodramatic moments, and her character is not a stroke of creative genius; instead it’s her combination of traits that are played well. Then there is ace detective Jase. He is described as a player. Don’t be fooled and think you have him pegged. This man actually communicates with his heroine, plus he shares his feelings. Gasp! This hero did not grunt, pound his chest, or try to dominate the heroine. As agents, Jase and Carrie are a dream team. Typically, romantic suspense novels require a healthy dose of suspension of belief and are fairly predictable. This Special Investigations Group story successfully avoids many tropes. The serial killer is introduced at the very beginning. Dr. Bower, a.k.a the Embalmer, is a true sociopath. Virna DePaul shares his disturbing thoughts as he commits his ghoulish and horrifying acts upon his victims. His point of view adds intensity to the story. The diabolical Dr. Bowers embodies evil in an everyday face and functions successfully in society. He is formidable. Then the plot thickens! Just when I thought I had the plot points mapped something unexpected would happen. The most glaring criticism is the uneven pacing. Shades of Temptation has a sizzling beginning then almost becomes monotonous. My internal rating system started to decline at one point. Luckily, the interesting plot twists grabbed me again and again. One totally unexpected event had me on the edge of my seat until the very end. My heart was actually pounding! Overall, I would recommend this book to romantic suspense fans. Virna DePaul’s former career as a criminal prosecutor is reflected in the terminology, procedures, and characterizations. Her expertise brought to mind the author Pamela Clare, a former reporter, who uses her knowledge in her I-Team series. This book can stand-alone. The hero and heroine from the previous book only make one quick appearance. Will I read Virna dePaul again? Yes! I’m eager for the next S.I.G. novel, which is in the works. The hero will be Special Agent Simon Granger. I can’t wait!
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