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Heart of Steel by Eve Devon

Posted in Action/Adventure/ Contemporary Romance/ Mystery/Crime/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 12th July 2016
Heart of Steel by Eve DevonHeart of Steel by Eve Devon
Series: Steel Hawk #2
Published by Samhain Publishing on June 14th 2016
Pages: 247
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four-stars

Adam Steel is in crisis mode. A recent exposé claims a founder of Steel Hawk was actually The Raven, an infamous jewel thief. Amid the ensuing damage control, all eyes are on his ability to develop a prototype to secure and protect the royal Pasha Star diamond.
He’s further blindsided when he learns his assistant, Honeysuckle Hawk, has a sordid past he never knew about. Proving he never really knew her, never should have trusted her, and definitely shouldn’t start falling for her.
With her dirty laundry flapping in the media storm, Honeysuckle’s first instinct is to run. Two things make her stay: Adam’s insistence it’s better to show the world a united front, and her heart’s insistence by his side is where she belongs.
High stakes and long hours ignite passion…until the diamond is stolen and Adam’s own prototype shows Honeysuckle is a thief. Dare he trust her to help him expose the real criminal—before the mastermind wreaks havoc on the royal family?

The professional relationship between the head of R&D and his personal assistant buckles under the strain of recent unsavoury revelations, then reforms into something else more personal and more intimate when a business trip to a fictional principality in the European Alps revives a centuries-old partnership.

Jumping straight into book 2 of the Steel Hawk series makes it a little difficult to catch up, but Eve Devon’s stupendous writing smoothes all the ripples away in a perfect blend of suspense and romance set amidst a quaint aristocratic backdrop in the Alps. It’s James Bond-esque crossed with the heist of Oceans Eleven, with a little fairytale dust of royalty sprinkled over it, surreal enough to for me to wonder if a parallel universe like this exists.

Even if this is so out of reach of the ordinary person’s quotidian life, I found myself hooked from the very start, invested in the way Adam Steel and the very loyal Honeysuckle Hawk – a heroine whose name I can’t decide if it’s more reminiscent of a comic book character or a stripper – work out their issues while closing the distance between themselves with a burn so slow that when it finally combusts, you’re taken with it. Or perhaps there was always a sense of inevitability about this pairing that I hardly ever feel with many of the books I read, which somehow made them more special because of it.

There’s a plot, a conspiracy and several key players you never quite know whose side they’re on until the smoke clears. And cleared it really hasn’t, to my utter chagrin. We’re given hints and a clear set-up for a third book (by a different author) but the mystery is nonetheless unsolved, to my frustration. Obviously, I’ll be gritting my teeth until I get my hands on that one.

four-stars

The Waiting Game by Eve Devon

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Mystery/Crime/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 13th April 2015
The Waiting Game by Eve DevonThe Waiting Game by Eve Devon
Published by Entangled: Ignite on May 27th 2013
Pages: 243
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four-stars

Five years ago a madman stalked her. Kidnapped her. Tattooed her.
When security expert Cameron Dexter—the man Brooke Bennett once loved—appears unexpectedly at her door with terrifying news, the former musician discovers she can no longer hide from her past. After five years, her vicious kidnapper is out of prison and on the hunt—for Brooke.
Now he’s returned to complete his art.
Cam failed to protect Brooke once before. Now he’d rather die than let her be captured. With her life at stake, Cam vows to keep her hidden and safe. Brooke, however, is done with running. Unlike Cam, she wants to stand and fight. Emotions both old and new roil between them, but addressing their heated past must wait. Together they set a trap in London to catch a killer. But they soon discover the enemy wears many faces.
And waiting is no longer an option...

There’s a tidal wave of guilt and heroism in The Waiting Game overwhelming both Brooke and Cameron, whose history stretches back 5 years – back when Brooke was an impulsive a petulant musician sorely in need of (but oblivious to) personal protection from a stalker. She is a changed woman 5 years later, more measured, wary and cautious, living in isolation in France, until Cameron bursts back into her life when her stalker, Andre Spinks, is released from prison.

The rest of the story is fairly predictable and I’ve sort of guessed the twist at the very end, but I continued reading simply because I do like Ms Devon’s elegant style that actually shines through many long, narrative and introspective passages, shaping Brooke out as perceptive and mature – and so very changed from what she was five years ago. While The Waiting Game isn’t exactly an atmospheric page turner (I did take a long time to plough through the first half after all), but it was so easy to slip into Ms Devon’s writing that finishing the book was no hardship at all.

four-stars
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