Dallas After Dark #3
By Karen Rock
Releasing December 18th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
DESIRE WITH NO LIMITS
Erica Keeley has always been willing to break the rules to catch a criminal, until her unorthodox tactics get her booted from the CIA and betrayed by the man she trusted. Now, gone rogue to stop a terrorist group, she’s working undercover at Dallas’s top male strip and burlesque club, dancing alongside sexy, sculpted men. Not that any of her co-workers give her the adrenaline rush she got from her former life. Erica hits the jackpot when she overhears her targets discussing a homegrown terrorist plot. But her last shot at redemption means getting up close and personal with her traitorous ex.
Control is what CIA officer Ryan Arnell values above all things. Yet he was irresistibly drawn to Erica’s impulsive, uninhibited nature in the field—and in bed—until her bull-headed tactics risked the agency’s mission. Teaming up to stop a deadly attack, he’s falling again for this spontaneous, high-octane woman. And with Erica’s ties to the terrorists proving closer than either of them expected, the riskiest mission of all might be this second chance at love . . .
“A highly entertaining and cohesive suspense novel with an emotionally satisfying romance that will keep readers glued to the page.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars on Dangerous Moves
In Reckless Deceptions (Dallas After Dark #3) by Karen Rock, Erika Keeley and Ryan Arnell were once lovers until she felt he betrayed her when a CIA mission they were on together went wrong and he didn't stand up for her. Now though, Erika is determined to track down those responsible and is forced to work alongside Ryan. However, the more time they spend together tracking down leads and trying to prevent the bad guys from carrying out their plans, the more Erika finds herself falling for Ryan all over again. Will he end up breaking her heart or will they get their second chance at happy ever after?
What an explosive, exciting, compelling, fast-paced read Ms. Rock has delivered in this third book of her Dallas After Dark series, which I believe is the best book of the series yet. Really, right from the beginning, I was fully hooked, as the hero is a man all about control and who does his best to always follow the rules and being around Erika again threatens that control. She's his complete opposite; a woman that goes with her gut and acts reckless at times and I liked how she challenged him to break the rules, especially when they're hunting someone so dangerous.
As for the dialogue, it was intense and absolutely engaging due to the main characters back stories and the danger these two face because the bad guys are relentless and determined in their plans. Moreover, both the main characters were relatable, likeable and I loved their back stories and their growing relationship. With the heroine, she's resilient; courageous; relentless in her pursuit of the bad guys, especially with what happened in the past; and I loved how she challenged the hero and managed to get past his walls. While the hero, I felt sorry for him when it comes to his relationship with his family, as it feels like he's the odd one out. Then again, with a father like his who needs enemies? Yet, in saying that, I liked his strength, how driven he is when it comes to his job and I liked how well he works with the heroine, even though she pushes him to his limits with her desire to act first and worry about the consequences later. Will the heroine end up getting them both hurt because of her recklessness?
Overall, Ms. Rock has delivered a superb read in this book, which encompasses a wonderful dose of suspense and romance; and where the chemistry between the hero and heroine was powerful; the romance was fan-your-face hot; and the ending had me worried for the main characters, but had me loving how things work out for the best for Ryan and Erika, especially since he needs her in his life. Someone that gets him and he can open up to completely. I would recommend Reckless Deceptions by Karen Rock, if you enjoy romantic suspense, second chance romances or books by authors Kari Lemor, Desiree Holt, Marnee Blake and Kris Rafferty.
Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet & spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of YA and adult contemporary books writes spicy suspense and small-town romances. A big believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers smiling. Karen is an avid reader and baker who loves having the Adirondack Park as her backyard, where she lives with her husband and daughter who make her life complete.