Desire & Deception by Sahara Roberts

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Mystery/Crime/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 22nd October 2015
Desire & Deception by Sahara RobertsDesire & Deception by Sahara Roberts
Series: Dangerous Desires #1
Published by Entangled: Ignite on May 27th 2014
Pages: 241
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Tessa Marshal has fulfilled her long awaited dream of homeownership. She celebrates by taking a vacation with a friend but gets more than she bargained for when her adventure becomes a terrifying ordeal.
Deep cover agent Kristopher "Kris" Harmon has spent years climbing the ranks within the Mexican cartel. He walks a tight line between vicious drug runners with agendas of their own and working with the cartel leaders he’s trying to organize. Any distraction could prove fatal for him—and for the hundreds of undercover law enforcement officers his own cover protects.
Their worlds collide when Tessa is mistaken for a drug mule and taken captive. As time runs out for both of them, Tessa has to reach beyond her fears and trust a stranger while Kris must choose between his lifelong ambitions and saving Tessa's life. If they want to survive, both must trust that there is more to the other than what meets the eye.

A woman celebrating home-ownership (a rather ridiculous premise at first, until you realise it’s really a celebration of all she has achieved in her life) takes a trip into Mexico and gets tangled in cartel wars. Little does she know that the jefe with whom she eventually gets down and dirty with is deep undercover and her presence actually compromises an operation that’s coming to a head.

This is certainly a fast-paced story, but development and cohesion are sacrificed for brevity, to its detriment.
It really does feel like Stockholm Syndrome at work because of the brief time period in which Tess and Kris get together.

There were many instances where I felt as though I was plunged straight into a scene without sufficient context and the narrative and the casual influx of characters left me hanging bewildered. Even so, there’s a sweetness to both Kris and Tessa that I can’t help liking, a chemistry that’s of course, explosive and a short but good epilogue that gives us their HEA.

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