One Touch More by Mandy Baxter

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Contemporary Romance/ Mystery/Crime/ Netgalley/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 7th September 2015
One Touch More by Mandy BaxterOne Touch More by Mandy Baxter
Series: U.S. Marshals #3
Published by Zebra on October 27th 2015
Pages: 352
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four-stars

Strong, relentless, and lethal, he plays every angle to trap the worst criminals. But for the one woman he can't resist, he'll break all the rules…
For hotel manager Tabitha Martin, bad boys usually spell disaster. And her new guest promises just that, with his formidable build, tattooed biceps, and quiet take-no-mess attitude. Tabitha is already putting everything on the line to escape her vicious drug-dealing ex's control for good—but a single sizzling moment in “Damien Evans'” arms has her wanting all the trouble he can give…
He's been undercover too long and likes living dangerously too much. U.S. Marshal Parker Evans figures maybe that's why he doesn't immediately put Tabitha in custody. Sure, she's his one chance to finally take down a major drug ring. But every minute he protects this mostly innocent blonde leaves his heart all too vulnerable. And the cost of desire could be a deadly endgame…

Parker Damien Evans finally gets another undercover assignment after wheedling his way through months of therapy, until he’s suddenly accosted by a vision in the form of a hotel manager named Tabitha Martin, who clearly has some secrets of her own. Going back to pretending to be a low-life is nothing new to Parker/Damien but he’s also starting to question the blurred lines between his real identity and the fake ones he slips into so easily. When push comes to shove, Parker/Damien and Tabitha have to make some decisions that will not only affect the course of their lives, but also the task he’d originally set out to do.

I didn’t like or hate Tabitha Martin, Park’s chosen heroine, and found her rather nondescript and not as memorable as Parker, despite Ms. Baxter’s effort to position her as a sympathetic character caught in between a rock and a hard place. In the course of the book, Parker/Damien proves to be the shining star of the show, his angsty struggles with the duality precipitated by his undercover work offset by the hilarious meta thoughts that made me laugh.

four-stars

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