Circle of Desire by Carla Swafford
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (290 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower
As the top assassin at The Circle, a shadowy group of mercenaries, Olivia St. Vincent can hunt down anyone. She’s been trained since she was a teenager to kill without feeling, to interact with men without love. But when she’s kidnapped by the enigmatic leader of a rival organization, she learns she’s been lied to for years. She never worked for the good guys.
Collin Ryker believes the sultry woman he’s abducted knows more than she’s telling about The Circle and its plans for complete domination. Over time, as they work together, Olivia’s tenacity and vulnerability captivate him. But if he isn’t careful, Collin will fall into the biggest trap of all: caring for a woman who can betray him to his greatest enemy.
She's swift, sexy, scary. Her job keeps her on her guard at all times. There's no room for mistakes. It's a life or death deal breaker. But for one moment, Olivia leaves herself vulnerable. She allows herself to be open with a man, one she feels attracted to. And then, BAM! He turns on her, and takes her captive.
Olivia is sassy, saucy, and deadly. Her profession? She kills for a living, and she's damn good at what she does. It angers her that she lost control. She's the kind of woman that has meaningless sex with no strings attached. That's what she thought she was getting into with Collin Ryker. Boy did he ever pull a fast one.
He knows he shouldn't, considering they are on opposing sides, but Collin wants Olivia. Badly. He knows he could have her, but he keeps himself under control. He's got a mission to accomplish, and getting it on with Olivia isn't part of that. The two are like fire and gasoline. Both know how to push one another's buttons, and they do so quite often. Collin and Olivia are very much alike, with their stubborn, hard-headed attitudes. The constant bickering then back and forth banter continues throughout the book.
Circle of Desire is a fast paced romantic suspense. There's strong language and violence, so be aware if you're not into darker suspense books. The story is executed nicely, keeping readers on a wild goose chase for answers, and you never know what will happen next. This isn't a typical love story. Olivia and Collin are very rough with each other, and in their own way, they show their feelings through that. It isn't until much further into the novel that the two show a little bit more on the softer side of emotions.
The roughness and bickering at times was a little overdone, but overall, this intense story sizzled, and I enjoyed the high amount of suspense, secrecy, and deception. The sex scenes are very hot, pretty graphic but not quite to the extent of erotic. The characters could be considered tortured hero and heroine. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel when it comes out.
If you enjoy a dark, edgy romantic suspense, then you may want to consider adding Circle of Desire to your reading list.