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by Avery Flynn
Tempt Me #2
Publication Date: November 14, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Indulgence, Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: By-the-book secret agent Lucas Bendtsen will do anything to keep his country safe—even if that means blackmailing the stepdaughter of a notorious mobster who is about to sell guns to a group of terrorists. The plan? He’ll pose as her fiancé in order to access her stepfather’s guarded compound and find out the location of the arms deal. The problem? Despite her reputation as a heartless femme fatale, Ruby Macintosh is not at all what she seems.Only a fool would double-cross the Organization, but Ruby doesn’t have any choice—not if she’s going to save her brother and mother from her stepfather. So she places her life in the hands of a man who turns her on as much as he ticks her off…
The fake engagement may be the beginning of a high-stakes game of subterfuge, but when their hearts get involved, Lucas has to decide whether to break the rules or break Ruby’s heart.
This is the second book in the Tempt Me series by this author, the first one being ‘His Undercover Princess’ which I’ve also enjoyed reading and reviewed. I actually think it is beneficial to have read the books in sequence as many of the characters are in both stories and the events from the first story impinge on this one. In this story, the secret service of Elskovia, the Silver Knights, have uncovered a plot to bring in munitions for an armed uprising against the newly re-installed monarchy. Lucas Bendtsen is the leader of the Silver Knights and he kidnaps Ruby Macintosh, the stepdaughter of the mobster who is about to sell the guns to the terrorists. Luc convinces her to pose as his fiancé (you’ll need to read it to discover how!) so he can visit her stepfather’s stronghold and find out more and prevent the insurgents getting the weapons. The problem is that he has misinterpreted information about Ruby and he finds her too alluring to resist and when both of their hearts get involved there’s going to be extra angst, turmoil and danger as they work to thwart the plot and protect their hearts.
Initially these two characters seem to be the antithesis of each other but revelations as the plot progresses reveal similarities and the two definitely work well together. Ruby’s stepfather is a bullying, stubborn and goal orientated crimelord who will happily sacrifice anyone and anything to ensure he achieves his aims. The interactions between the family members are great as hidden agendas and secret activities are discovered. This is a suspense filled romantic novel involving enemies to lovers, somewhat instant-love and plenty of emotional turmoil and danger. It is a great sequel and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I requested and received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley.
An Excerpt to whet your appetite!
“Are you completely insane?” Lucas asked in a harsh whisper.
The answer to that depended on who was answering, but Ruby didn’t think he really wanted a response to his question. “I guess that means the room is clean of bugs.”
He wasn’t going to be put off though, judging by the way he stalked over to her, predatory intention clear in every step that brought him closer. Her pulse shot up, and every instinct warned her to run, but she stood her ground as he bore down on her. He stopped less than an arm’s reach away, frustration dipped in desire pouring off him in waves that set off an answering delicious shiver up her spine.
“Asking me to bring Jasper here.” He shoved his long fingers through his dark hair, ruffling its perfect order. “You know that isn’t possible.”
“We both know it is possible—anyway, it’s smart for you. It lets you flash a little of that Luc Svendsen magic that has Rolf all hot and bothered.” She snorted at his surprised look. Men always were ready to believe anything about her, except that she could add two plus two and get four. “Oh yes, I know that despite what your written plan stated, I was just your invitation to Fare Island. The really big bait you’re dangling so he’ll let you in close is the possibility of learning all the secrets you have about the influential people he wants to control.”
“I don’t need Jasper here to prove that I’m valuable.”
“No, you need him here to prove that you’re willing to make sacrifices for the organization. He knows it will cost you valuable favors to get Jasper here. If you don’t think he has some inkling that my brother is in custody, then you vastly underestimate him.” Too many people had tried to influence her father by currying favor with his family. However, neither her mother, brother, nor herself had a direct line to her father’s heart. “That’s what he really cares about. Until you can prove your value to the organization, you’re an interesting distraction.”
She was right. He’d have to be an imbecile not to realize it, and Lucas Bendtsen was no idiot. Like her, he stayed focused on obtaining the goal at all costs, no one who wasn’t that way would have said yes to her stepfather’s asinine idea to get married right away. They didn’t have much in common, but they had that, even if their goals were at opposing ends.
“And the fact that having Jasper here will make it that much easier for you two to go AWOL didn’t factor into your decision at all?”
Of course it did, but she didn’t need to confirm it for him to know that. “What’s wrong?” she asked, her sharp question softened by her teasing tone. “You think you can’t beat me at the game you created and made all the rules for?”
His answering smirk made her pulse hop. “That’s not even up for debate.”
Had they started flirting? Because it totally felt like they’d moved from fighting to flirting considering the way her lungs had shrunk and her nipples had peaked. Did Mr. By The Book even know how to flirt? His eyes darkened before he dropped his gaze to her parted mouth then ever so slowly brought his attention back up. Breathing became difficult.
Yes. Yes, he definitely did know how to flirt.
Synopsis: Stylist Elle Olsen lives in fear of someone discovering her secret identity as Princess Eloise. But the men who killed her entire family in a bloody coup have done just that and now they’re coming for her. All Elle wants is to disappear into anonymity again, but the panty-melting billionaire who kidnaps her isn’t about to let that happen.
On the society pages, smoking hot financier Dominick Rasmussen is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. As a secret resistance fighter, his one goal is to get Princess Eloise on the throne and restore the monarchy. The biggest problem? His stubborn and sexy undercover princess has no interest in ever wearing a tiara again.
Their goals couldn’t be more opposed, but neither Dom nor Elle can deny the attraction bringing them closer together. As the stakes rise and danger increases, they are forced to choose between love and country…
Award-winning romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.
She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.
Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.