Friday, September 25, 2009

Review: Dangerous Curves by Karen Anders

Title: Dangerous Curves
Series: Undercover Lovers
Author: Karen Anders
Read copy: eBook
Published: October 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426840810
ISBN-13: 9781426840814

FBI agent Max Carpenter is assigned to protect irresistible DEA agent Rio Marshall. Babysitting duty. But for this mission, they'll be whisked away to Hawaii—for security purposes, of course—for sun, sand and plenty of hot, sweet sex...

What Max doesn't know is that Rio has been assigned a task of her own. A task that will require using every asset in her considerable arsenal.

However, when a real threat occurs, seduction is put on the back burner. But nothing—not even fear for their lives—can keep this scorching duo apart for long....

My rating:

Oh, boy. The initial premise for this book was great. And FBI agent's dogged search for an elusive terrorist could jeopardize a DEA undercover mission, so the "alphabet soup agency" sends a sexy, sophisticated, female operative to distract him. Of course he has no clue she's there to distract him, he thinks he's on a bodyguard mission. And, as usual, the bogus bodyguard mission soon turns into a real one, since there are bad guys chasing after them in the jungle of West Maui.

As I said, the premise was great, unfortunately the execution had much to be desired. The writing and pacing seemed awkward, the plot had more holes than a chunk of cheese, there were so many twists and turns to take this book out of the suspense realm and plant it firmly into the silly territory, the hunky marine (there's no such thing as an ex-Marine - Semper Fi!) FBI agent was too naive, the heroine was simply annoying with all her emotional baggage, the multiple sex scenes were distracting and gratuitous since they contributed squat to the overall story, the final twist (of the heroine getting kidnapped and the hero saving her) was redundant and put there only to enlighten us how she's seen reason, and the villain, the elusive, notorious terrorist should be nominated for "the cheesiest terrorist name award" with his moniker of the Ghost.

The only thing that was remotely interesting in this story, was the main theme that's apparently carrying through the entire series (this being the second book) - of the search for the "cheesiest terrorist name award" nominee with everybody (from friends to family) pitching in by going undercover. Well, thinking on it, it isn't that interesting at all.


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