Series: Black's Bandits #2
Published by H.O.T. Publishing, LLC on 12th November 2019
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Abducted while on a business trip to Europe, Tallie Grant quickly realizes she’s a commodity to be sold—and there’s no way out. Determined not to surrender to the man who buys her, she’ll soon discover he’s not what he seems.
Mercenary Brett Wheeler has one task: infiltrate a human trafficking operation and get as much information as possible. But when Tallie takes her turn on the auction block, Brett risks his cover to free her—by bidding to win.
Someone watches from the shadows, determined to reclaim his thwarted prize. And when he does, Brett will need all his skills to find sweet Tallie again—before she’s gone forever.
As Lynn Raye Harris tackles human trafficking, I thought this would have been a more difficult read with harder-edged men and grittier circumstances, but ‘Black Tie’ was a surprisingly blander version of some of the H.O.T. books despite its exotic locales and the James Bons-esque premise.
After a rather gripping start, Tallie Grant and Brett Wheeler settled into an easy rhythm – not too much angst as well – that I somehow found rather harder to get into, layered over with a sweetness to the both of them that was certainly unlike Harris’s typical male protagonists. (More so since I’ve been noticing that her characters started to look interchangeable after a time with very similar traits)
Oddly enough, I found myself panting more for the little scenes with Ian Black and Calypso, or at least, for secondary characters and the hints of their story in the future which overshadowed Tallie/Brett’s story.
Point is,’Black Tie’ is not a bad read, but I did take days to finish this without much of a bumpy ride – it was just easy to look away, which I wished wasn’t the case.