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Review: FACING FIRE by HelenKay Dimon

Title: Facing Fire (Bad Boys Undercover, #3)

Author: HelenKay Dimon

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

Reviewed by Amy

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Facing Fire by HelenKay Dimon is a fast paced, action packed romantic suspense. It follows Josiah from the Alliance and Sutton, a PI who stumbles across the Alliance while going after the same target as the group – Benton. He is an evil son of a gun and one that I despised more than most villains in the books I read.  Josiah and Sutton’s romance is back and forth but so dynamic due to the undeniable chemistry. It was quite a rush of a book. I was a bit tired after reading it.

If you have read any of Dimon’s other books in the series, you know the Alliance is a tight knit group backing one another up. In Facing Fire we see that so clearly with Sutton being tossed into the mix. I love watching a group of people stand together and fight evil. That’s what this team does. They sacrifice so much to protect so many.

Josiah is an interesting character. He has so much angst in him that it came off the pages while I was reading and was almost a bit too much at times, but then I can’t imagine going through what he has. Sutton is the perfect partner for him. She pushes him when he needs it, let’s him be when he needs some alone time and wants him for exactly who he is. She isn’t asking him to change. He need that strong companion. Dimon did a very nice job with their romance as well.

There are a lot of surprises in Facing Fire for the characters which adds to the excitement of the book. While we get Benton’s point of view, we don’t get the whole picture so we are just as surprised as the characters. Normally I am not a fan of the antagonist’s point of view, but Dimon does just enough in Facing Fire to show Benton’s crazy. Dimon does a fabulous job with the ending to the story as well. I was quite pleased!

If you like romantic suspense, give Facing Fire a read. While it is part of a series, each book is connected by characters while they each have their own plot. It’s a great story!

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Review: THE PRETENDER by HelenKay Dimon

Whew! The Pretender by HelenKay Dimon is a fantastic romantic suspense / mystery in the Games People Play Series. I was sucked in from the beginning and could not put it down until I knew who was the guilty. My emotions were all over the place with this one. I love that we get to follow the clues along with the characters in this story.  Along with the murder mystery, The Pretender follows the romance of Harris and Gabby. Two very flawed characters looking to fit somewhere and with someone even if they don’t realize it.

The pace of the story was spot on and I found myself hanging on to each word. I felt like I couldn’t read it fast enough yet I had to go slow enough so I didn’t miss anything. Harris and friend Damon come to Tabitha Island to keep the heat off Gabby, who is falsely being accused of killing her sister by her uncle. Of course, they come in undercover sort of. Sparks fly between Gabby and Harris in a primal, physical way and eventually in an emotional way. They take a different path to love then a lot of people. The intimate scenes are smoking hot! Dimon does a fantastic job with the show of those scenes.

As with any series, I adore characters from past books and Wren (from The Fixer) is always a presence in any of the books in the series. The scene near the beginning with Wren, Emery, and Harris was fantastic. It shows so much of each of their personalities. Just perfect. I was glad to be introduced to Damon, another Quint Five member, and hope to read a book about him in the future.

If you are looking for a romantic suspense and/or mystery book that will catch you from the very first page and won’t let you stop thinking about the characters until after you finish the book, give The Pretender a read. While it is part of a series, each book can be read as a stand alone with its own plot.

Title: The Pretender (Games People Play, #3)

Author: HelenKay Dimon

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

 

Review: THE NEGOTIATOR by HelenKay Dimon

The Negotiator by HelenKay Dimon was everything I expected and more! For those that have read the other books in the Games People Play series, this one features Garrett and Lauren. We have followed Garrett in The Fixer and The Enforcer where he stole many of the scenes! His snarky and sarcastic personality was a little softer in The Negotiator. That has a lot to do with Lauren and the circumstances surrounding her.

Dimon had me sucked into the story from the very first page and I couldn’t put it down until the very end. Even in such a short story, the mystery had time to develop and we had the chance to watch a romance unfold and fall in love with the characters. The chemistry between Garrett and Lauren is intense once they act on it! Lauren is the perfect match for Garrett. She challenges him because she is quite strong and independent herself. I hope we get glimpses of them through future stories.

I enjoyed the roles that Matthias and Kayla from The Enforcer played in this story. Garrett and Matthias are quite entertaining together and with Kayla and Lauren being best friends it made sense to see them as much as we did. If you are looking for a murder mystery story set around the holidays with an amazing romance, give The Negotiator a read!

Title: The Negotiator (Games People Play, #2.5)

Author: HelenKay Dimon

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

 

Review: THE ENFORCER by HelenKay Dimon

The Enforcer by HelenKay Dimon was just as mysterious and intriguing as The Fixer in the Games People Play series and can be read as a stand alone. From the very first page you will be hooked. The Enforcer is full of intrigue and mystery and you can’t help but keep reading all the way until the every end. Matthias and Kayla are fantastic characters. Broken. Defensive. Strong. And quite perfect together! They challenge one another but also lean on each other.

Matthias is tasked with finding Kayla to hope solve a massacre that happened years ago. He is misled by the person requesting this, but learns it the hard way. Kayla is careful of Matthias from the beginning. She has been on the run for a long time and knows when danger is near. Somehow, through Matthias’ creepy (according to another character Garrett) ways, he gets a foot in the door with Kayla. Slowly but surely their relationship begins and the mystery starts to unfold. It’s quite a read!

I like a good suspense story and The Enforcer has plenty of that. I found my heart racing several times. Dimon does a great job with all the descriptions and emotions of each character in the story. I suspected a few people as the murder but was quite surprised at the end.

I don’t think I can write a review and not talk about Garrett. We met him in The Fixer and get a lot more of him in The Enforcer. Garrett tags along against Matthias’ will and just adds so much to the scenes he is in. He is hilarious, smart, sarcastic and just pure joy to read about.

If you are looking for a well written, romantic suspense with strong characters, heart pumping action, passion and an engaging plot, give The Enforcer a try!

Title: The Enforcer (Games People Play, #2)

Author: HelenKay Dimon

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Purchased at a Book Fair and Amazon

 

Review: THE FIXER by HelenKay Dimon

Mysterious. Sexy. Powerful. Emotional. So many words describe The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon. This contemporary romance with suspense elements focuses mainly on the characters with little procedural details of the cold case investigation. The book has a more serious tone to it with intense plot lines. Get ready for your heart to be tied up in knots but also filled with hope at the end.

The first meeting between the mysterious Wren and persistent Emery was a treat. Not one that I thought would turn out well, but one that captures our attention. Dimon does an outstanding job writing these characters that are so complicated. As the story moves along, more layers of both Wren and Emery are exposed and keeps the reader turning pages. The dialogue between Wren and Emery is absolutely fantastic. Wren is a man of few words expecting others to take what he says without challenge, whereas Emery challenges him every step of the way. She is able to break down those walls to his heart and make him a bit more human.
Supporting characters area always great in books and I think Garrett (Wren’s second in command) stole the scenes he was in. He handles Wren so well and his sarcastic humor lightens the mood and balances Wren out. I would have loved to see more of him. The Fixer is a book that will cause your heart to ache for Wren and Emery when you learn their stories, but will also have your heart racing with excitement when they get to know each other passionately. This book has it all. If you are looking for a contemporary romance with suspense and mystery elements, give The Fixer a read. It is one that will stay with you long after you finish it.

Title: The Fixer (Games People Play, #1)

Author: HelenKay Dimon

Category: Contemporary Romance

Source: Purchased from Amazon

Review: SWITCHED by HelenKay Dimon

Switched by HelenKay Dimon was a gripping, fast paced romantic suspense novel with one challenge after another for hero Aaron and heroine Risa. Who knew an innocent little office Christmas party would turn into such an explosive disaster full of betrayal and evil? It was amazing how Dimon was able to pull the good in people out of this story and by the end of the book, I felt a lot of hope and love.

Aaron is a security expert for a company that is hosting it’s office Christmas party. Risa is not supposed to be at the party but ended up in the building for another reason and ends up at the wrong place at the wrong time. She was mistakenly almost kidnapped and it is Aaron that comes to her rescue. Oh and he is also the guy that didn’t call her back after their last date. That sure was a comical aspect to the story. Add in a lovable assistant of Aaron’s named Royal and there are three characters that have your attention right away.

In Switched, Dimon does a great job of providing us an original plot, smooth writing with great action scenes and the perfect build up of romance. I found the honesty and realistic actions of her characters to be fresh and unexpected. The ending to the story was fantastic because the “who done it” part was truly a mystery to me including the reason of the plan. Switched keeps you guessing and on edge the entire time so that you can’t stop turning pages. I love that in a book!

If you are looking for a contemporary romance with clean language and a modest amount of descriptive intimacy but a powerful punch where the action and adventure awaits, give Switched a read.

Title: Switched

Author: HelenKay Dimon

Category: Romantic Suspense

Source: Kindle copy won in a giveawa

Review: ROMANCING THE HOLIDAY by HelenKay Dimon, Christi Barth and Jaci Burton

I am really enjoying Christmas novellas this year. There is just something magical about two people falling in love during the Christmas season. Books like this make me appreciate my husband more, too, which is always nice when one is caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season! I received this copy via NetGalley and enjoyed each of the stories.

16006209We’ll Be Home for Christmas by HelenKay Dimon

This is the third book in the Holloway series by HelenKay Dimon and I adored it. I read the first two books in the Holloway series recently and was excited to get to read Spencer’s story since he is the wild womanizer of the bunch. Always fun to see how a woman tames that.  Spencer and Lila met up at a hotel for a 3-night stand months ago.  They both were in a bad situation and a little down on their luck.  They never thought they would see each other again but the memory of those days they shared with each other continued to haunt them.  Continue reading