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Friday, May 28, 2010

Dangerous by Diana Palmer

Dangerous by Diana Palmer
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full (314 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Tall, lean and headstrong, FBI agent Kilraven lives by his own rules. And one of those rules includes keeping his hands off Jacobsville’s resident sweetheart, Winnie Sinclair, no matter the temptation. Shy and innocent, Winnie couldn’t handle a man like him—a merciless man with a haunted past. And this small town may hold not only the woman he fights to resist, but the answers to a cold case that is very personal to Kilraven....

Winnie has had her own share of sorrow and senses Kilraven’s pain. Even though she tries to deny it, the gentle 911 operator feels a connection with the darkly handsome agent. When he makes the disturbing discovery that her family’s unsavory past might have a bearing on his case, Winnie is determined to help him crack it...and the ice around his heart.

As they combine forces in a dangerous investigation, the stakes rise ever higher. Winnie’s life is on the line, and she’ll need Kilraven more than ever. But if they are to have a future together, her ruthless Texan will need to confront his past and risk it all for their love.

In true Diana Palmer style, the characters come alive on the pages of Dangerous and the plot is a tapestry of the best and the worst of humanity. How love and forgiveness find their way through all the dark intrigues, political corruption, sexual perversion, and greed makes this a gripping story.

While Wilraven is a dangerous alpha male, Winnie Sinclair is a desirable darling who dares to gamble on her love being enough to catch and keep the “old Lobo Wolf”. She endured her father’s hate, copes with her intimidating, overprotective big brothers, and works at a high-stress job as a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Her second sight reaches out to protect Wilraven when he is in danger and her heart longs for him in a way that she has never before experienced. Na├»ve and innocent in the ways of “man and woman” love, Winnie faces some major decisions as she works toward her goal.

Wilraven, as cold and forbidding as the winter weather that prowls across south-central Texas, lets nothing deter him from his seven-year search for the people responsible for the death of his three-year-old daughter and her mother. Visions of how they looked after being killed with a shotgun at close range inhabit his nightmares that haunt his nights. A more tortured hero I have yet to meet.

The secondary characters are intriguing in their own roles. Gail Rogers, now a successful detective, continues to pay a high price for mistakes she made years ago. Matt, the twelve-year-old in a wheelchair is totally captivating. Of course, if you are a Diana Palmer fan you will recognize some of these characters and feel like you are getting to catch up with what has been going on in their lives since you last saw them. Wilraven’s half-brother Jon Nighthawk and Cammy bring a touch of humor to the story, but have a hard time when it comes to the driven Wilraven whom they both love.

The love scenes that sizzle, the work ethic, the advice to never let anger decide which direction to take in a crossroads and the way love meets and beats its adversaries linger in the mind long after the last word is read. Dangerous is one to keep and read more than once.

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