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Undercover mercenary Trace Rivers loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned mission. First he'll earn the trust of corrupt businessman Murray Coburn, then gather the proof he needs to shut down the man's dirty smuggling operation. It's a perfect scheme - until Coburn's long-lost daughter saunters in with her own deadly plan for revenge. With a smile like an angel and fire in her eyes, Priscilla Patterson isn't who she seems to be. But neither is the gorgeous bodyguard who ignites all her senses. Joining forces to plot Coburn's downfall, Priss and Trace must fight the undeniable heat between them. For one wrong move, one lingering embrace, will expose them to the wrath of a merciless opponent….
Whoa! Can I just say that I'm really, really enjoying this series? While I liked the first book a little better as I thought Molly was a more interesting heroine, this one was still good. Trace is the main focus in this story, as he's working undercover for a scumbag who deals in human trafficking. He's out to destroy all the major players, partly because his sister was a victim in book one and partly because he can't stand to see anyone suffer. Then Priscilla shows up, claiming to be the scumbag's long lost daughter and complicating all of Trace's plans.
There aren't that many surprises in this story, which is more or less what I expected. Dare appealed to me more for some reason, and after meeting him, I'm not sure that Jackson Savor (book 3) made a very good first impression. Yet these are all strong, sexy men that I want to see more of! Would also love to see more of Chris, Dare's friend and personal assistant! Wouldn't it be awesome to read Chris' story? A funny, kind, sexy man who just happens to be gay. (psst Lori - hint! hint!)
Gave this one a 4/5 because it was a fast read that I had a hard time putting down. Wanted to learn more about Trace, and enjoyed seeing how his relationship with Priss developed. Would have liked more background on Priss and to have seen more of the relationship between Trace and his sister, but understand that the main focus was on the undercover operation. The bad guys were actually really bad in this one, and I really felt for the various victims. All I can say is that Lori sure can write!
And now, for your viewing pleasure, one of my favorite book trailers of 2011: