Designed for Murder by Avery Flynn

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Contemporary Romance/ Mystery/Crime/ Netgalley/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 23rd October 2015
Designed for Murder by Avery FlynnDesigned for Murder by Avery Flynn
Series: Killer Style #4
Published by Entangled: Ignite on November 9th 2015
Pages: 163
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three-stars

Mika Ito combines her two favorite things in life—textile design and live-action role-playing (LARP)—by creating costumes for her fellow Magic Battledome gamers. Lately, someone's been assaulting LARPers and stealing their costumes. Concerned for the safety of her friends, Mika hires Maltese Security...only to discover that the lead investigator is the super-hot stranger she just hooked up with.
Carlos Castillo is all too familiar with Magic Battledome. A former legend in role-playing circles, he was all about gaming, until things went very, very wrong for him. Now he's forced to return to the game undercover—as Mika's boyfriend—to find some answers. Only playing “boyfriend” with his gorgeous one-night stand is more temptation than a guy can withstand...
Someone wants the costumes enough to kill for them. And when it comes to murder, nothing is what it seems...
Each book in the Killer Style series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order. Series Order:Book #1 High-heeled WonderBook #2 This Year's BlackBook #3 Make Me UpBook #4 Designed for Murder

Costume and textile designer Mika Ito finds herself unwittingly caught in a drug scheme involving fabric…and who better to investigate this matter than a one-night stand that she’d never expected to see again? Forced into the case because of his background, Carlos Castillo runs from his own demons and is forced to face them again with a woman whom he can’t resist. It’s a disaster waiting to happen, especially when feelings start to get in the mix of things, despite both Carlos’s and Mika’s vehement denial of them.

Did I buy them as a convincing couple? Not exactly – between Carlos’s inability to decide between self-castigation for a troubled past and moving forward and Mika’s impulsiveness to the point of stupidity while trying to pass it off as determination to keep others safe, I’d started to think they were really better off apart. But Avery Flynn’s very engaging writing somewhat mitigates the lack of enthusiasm I had for the protagonists at least; there is action aplenty, copious amounts of sex (which I felt was unnecessary) and a fresh take on LARPing – something I’ve never really known about until this – so it’s an education in itself.

three-stars

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