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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dead Reality by Jess Anastasi

Dead Reality by Jess Anastasi
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (160 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Aloe

FBI Special Agent Ella Waverly is wrapping up one last assignment before heading off on her first holiday in five years. But thoughts of flip-flops and cocktails are the last thing on her mind when she meets the new team leader, Special Agent Bryce Lain, and finds out her long-planned-for holiday is being scuttled for an undercover assignment.

Agent Lain is gorgeous, the kind of gorgeous that guarantees he's an arrogant jerk. The news that he'll be her partner in the dangerous mission is almost enough to make her head explode. Before the day is out, Ella finds herself at Little Palm Island Resort in Florida, masquerading as a contestant on the latest reality TV show—Lord Bachelor. The bachelor in question, a disgraced British peer, is suspected of raping and murdering several women back in London.

Though Ella knows it safer where her heart's concerned to deny it, the longer she's stuck with Bryce, the more she sees there could be a man worth loving beneath the impossibly good-looking exterior.

As humidity frizzes her hair beyond the help of any type of de-frizzing, smoothing, glossing product, Ella tries to wrangle working against nineteen husband-hungry bimbos, one suspected serial killer, and one seriously hot agent who's trying everything he can to get under her skin.

She’s an FBI agent, so is he. And he’s her new supervisor. He’s also very, very handsome.

Ms. Anastasi sets up a very fast-paced plot with lots of action and suspense. Both her lead characters are strong loners who do their jobs very well and are job smart. She sprinkles in odd characters to make the story more interesting, and even those characters can be deadly. You find yourself turning the pages quickly to see what will happen next.

The attraction between the two FBI agents is immediate. The author uses that as one more complication in this tale of trying to nail a sexual predator. The danger equation is high; more than one person wants to hurt Ella. Throw in a sexual relationship between the two FBI agents and the tension just ratchets up to another level. They try to stay away from each other so they can work on the case efficiently but the danger to Ella is real and Bryce can’t be too far away and still protect her.

I found the plot plausible, well laid out, and Ms. Anastasi’s writing style flows well. The story line sticks together well, you can feel the tension and danger, and she keeps you wondering if the Lord is really the killer or not…

I also enjoyed watching the two lead characters find out that love was stronger than the barriers they’d set up in their lives. The story is “R” rated, but the sex scenes don’t overwhelm the story. If you like a good mystery with romance, this book is for you.