Dangerous Desire by Diane Escalera

Title:   Dangerous Desire*
Author:   Diane Escalera
Series:  Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Romace
Publisher:  Lyrical Press, Inc.
Format:  ebook
Date/Year:  July 2011

*This book was (provided to me by the publisher for review)

Summary from the publisher:

Sometimes you have to lose one thing to find another.

Sienna Diaz is desperate to find her missing Beagle, no matter what it costs. She hires Cruz
Santino, the best—and hottest—in the business. He’s an ex cop, dangerous on many levels, which comes in handy when all evidence indicates her beloved pet was snatched to use in a dogfighting ring.

Cruz will do whatever it takes to find Sienna’s lost pet, but he also wants results from the
smokin’ hot attraction between them—and he isn’t above breaking his own hands-off-clients rule
to get there. However, until he brings her beloved Beagle home safely, he won’t have Sienna’s
undivided attention…and affection.

Content Warning: Strong language, caliente sex, violence, and a dangerously hot rescue.

My Musings:

When I first started this book, I was concerned I would not be able to finish it.  I am an animal lover and dog fighting is part of the plot line.  Fortunately, it is not too graphic in that area and definitely represents the evils of the “sport.”

The sex, however, is graphic . . . and hot.  There is a plot to the story, so it is not just one sex scene after another.  I particularly enjoyed the scenes where Sienna tries to check Cruz out without him noticing.  It never seemed to work.  Whenever, she looked at him, she caught him looking at her.  He was most definitely an ass man while she drooled over his chest and abs.  I have to say, they way they were described, I would be drooling too.

What I did not like is the fact that they immediately fell in bed with each other.  Sienna has just lost her dog that she considers her child.  She is distraught and heartbroken.  There are several scenes where she breaks down in tears.  I completely understand her emotions.  Then a few scenes later, she is laughing and partying with her friends or making out with Cruz.  I just didn’t find it believable.

I liked the book well enough that I would probably read a sequel.  The ending of the book hinted at one.  I did not like it enough to add this author to my autobuy list.


Overall:  3

Sensuality level:  4

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