Author: Sahara Roberts

Secrets and Seduction by Sahara Roberts

Secrets and Seduction by Sahara RobertsSecrets and Seduction by Sahara Roberts
Series: Dangerous Desires #2
Published by Entangled: Ignite on December 7th 2015
Pages: 161
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four-stars

Andres Calderon risked everything—his heart, his career, and even his family—for love, and lost. When he returned home, he found his family's ranch seized by the ruthless cartels. Now Andres trains their horses, waiting for a chance to take back what is his...
Humiliated by her now ex-fiancé, trauma doctor Monica Vasquez agrees to act as an informant for the U.S. government in the cartel-run town of Copas, Mexico. She expects the danger. She doesn't expect the heated rush of desire for a cartel horse trainer...especially when that desire grows into something deeper and far more complicated.
But violence—volatile and deadly—simmers beneath the surface of this small Mexican town. And when it erupts, Monica and Andres will have to decide how much they trust their love...and each other.

In a Mexican town that time forgot, where a cartel’s weight is gold, Dr. Monica Vasquez’s life takes a turn when her relationship with a horse trainer changes from friendship into something more. But secrets are buried deep in this place and soon enough, Monica and Andres find themselves barely floating in a volatile situation where no one is safe.

This started out well, with very confident and assured writing, but for some reason I found the storytelling disjointed—scenes just didn’t seem to seamlessly flow into each other, the overload of back stories taking a lot of effort to piece together, lack of paragraphing in dialogue, for instance—and that affected my overall enjoyment of the story. Monica and Andres were likeable characters though (believable in their personal doubts and ambitions) and that played a large part in keeping my attention riveted on the plot as well as the layers that needed peeling off.

Just an insignificant point: I wondered however, if this is a wholly ‘Mexican’ story (with Mexicans as protagonists) or whether it deals with characters who are Americans (with Hispanic heritage) living in Mexico, because I had the distinct feeling that I was reading it all translated into English with distinct Americanisms while the characters went through their scenes speaking in Spanish.

four-stars

Desire & Deception by Sahara Roberts

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.