Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Length: 264 pages
Series: Dangerous Beauty, Book 1
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense, Adult
Publication date: March 26, 2019
“It’ll be simple,” they said. “Just observe and report,” they said. Your first op, Naz, will be a walk in the park. Get a tan while you’re down there. Drink some beer. Make some easy money by spying on a Russian oligarch’s spoiled runaway wife.
Easy. Sure. Except apparently everyone, including her husband, underestimated this broad to a laughable fucking degree.(Ch. 2, Naz)
Former Special Ops military man and bodyguard Nasir starts his new job thinking that it’s going to be a piece of cake. All he needs to do is trail a Russian mobster’s runaway wife in Mexico, enjoying the sun while observing and reporting back. The job comes with only one simple rule: don’t get too close. Yet it’s all Naz can do to not watch her every move.
Evalina, on the other hand, believes she’s escaped her tormentor to live an untraceable life. Yet Eva knows there’s something that can’t be ignored about the dark, muscled stud who rescues her from a drug gang. Especially when they run into each other time and time again. Eva might have been spurned in the past but the mystery man might just show her that it’s okay to trust someone.
I found this book to be an enjoyable read, but it didn’t stand out too much in my mind. It was a cute read about a bodyguard falling in love with his charge, but there was nothing that really stood out to me about this read. It’s now been a couple of weeks since I read this book and the specifics of it have already mostly left my mind. As I can usually remember the events of a story for quite some time, this didn’t bode well for me. Thankfully I take notes while I read and was able to get my thoughts in order before writing this review.
This book did a good job at introducing the characters and setting the stakes, but it didn’t grab my attention the way the last J.T. Geissinger book I read did. Granted, this book was written a year before Beautifully Cruel was. Maybe I would have enjoyed this book more if I hadn’t read it practically right after Beautifully Cruel (review here), and I’ll be taking a step back from the series for a bit before jumping back in. I’m hoping that this break will make it possible for me to enjoy the series more.
Eva and Naz seem to be interesting characters and I truly do want to know where their story is going to take them. There were a couple of twists in this novel that I enjoyed, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of these in the future. However, I felt like there was a lot of downtime in this novel. For someone who’s running away from someone who’s controlled her for years, there didn’t seem to be a lot of action in the plot. Sure she was trying to live a quite life, but it still felt… dull… at times.
That being said, the ending of this novel gives me hope for the rest of the series. It seems like the story should be picking up from this point – which is exactly what I’ve come to love and expect in mafia romance novels. Especially since I’ve found out recently I really do love this subgenre.
Of course, Geissinger managed to slip in some pretty steamy scenes into this story. I can promise you that those weren’t dull moments in this book. Since I’m a person that likes more substance than this in my reads, this alone wasn’t able to carry my enjoyment of this story.
As the opening to a trilogy, this story has promise – Eva and Naz’s story has just begun. While this might have been a slow start for me, I expect things to pick up for the couple in a hurry. There’s no way a mafia ridden love story is going to stay tame for long.
Overall, I look forward to reading more by Geissinger. While this read might not have been exactly what I was looking for, I know Geissingers can write books that I just fall into. I might be taking a break from her work, but I look forward to picking my next read by her up.