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Calliope Garland’s newsdesk assignment was fairly straightforward—dig up the dirt on the sketchy CEO of a Wall Street hedge fund. But when the man is murdered and valuable data destroyed, a simple investigation turns deadly. Calliope is unwittingly in possession of vital financial information and a priceless work of art; either of which may get her killed. With an ever-gro Calliope Garland’s newsdesk assignment was fairly straightforward—dig up the dirt on the sketchy CEO of a Wall Street hedge fund. But when the man is murdered and valuable data destroyed, a simple investigation turns deadly. Calliope is unwittingly in possession of vital financial information and a priceless work of art; either of which may get her killed. With an ever-growing list of people who want to harm her, Calliope must set aside her reservations and turn to the one man she knows can trust. Miller “Tox” Buchanan is a study in contradictions: kind but lethal, passionate but distant, self-possessed yet hesitant. He knows he should keep his distance, but when Calliope is hurled into danger, Tox will stop at nothing to protect her. ...Her first instinct wasn’t to dial 911 but rather to call a certain Navy SEAL. She forced down the antiquated damsel in distress fantasy floating around in her head and rationalized the police would surely ask questions she was unwilling or unable to answer. She brought up her contacts. At the bottom, she touched the entry labeled, Tox, and the call rang through. A grizzly bear answered. “This better be good.” “Tox?” “Calliope?” “I need your help...” Be advised: this story contains scenes of violence equivalent to an R-rated movie and explicit sexual situations.


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Calliope Garland’s newsdesk assignment was fairly straightforward—dig up the dirt on the sketchy CEO of a Wall Street hedge fund. But when the man is murdered and valuable data destroyed, a simple investigation turns deadly. Calliope is unwittingly in possession of vital financial information and a priceless work of art; either of which may get her killed. With an ever-gro Calliope Garland’s newsdesk assignment was fairly straightforward—dig up the dirt on the sketchy CEO of a Wall Street hedge fund. But when the man is murdered and valuable data destroyed, a simple investigation turns deadly. Calliope is unwittingly in possession of vital financial information and a priceless work of art; either of which may get her killed. With an ever-growing list of people who want to harm her, Calliope must set aside her reservations and turn to the one man she knows can trust. Miller “Tox” Buchanan is a study in contradictions: kind but lethal, passionate but distant, self-possessed yet hesitant. He knows he should keep his distance, but when Calliope is hurled into danger, Tox will stop at nothing to protect her. ...Her first instinct wasn’t to dial 911 but rather to call a certain Navy SEAL. She forced down the antiquated damsel in distress fantasy floating around in her head and rationalized the police would surely ask questions she was unwilling or unable to answer. She brought up her contacts. At the bottom, she touched the entry labeled, Tox, and the call rang through. A grizzly bear answered. “This better be good.” “Tox?” “Calliope?” “I need your help...” Be advised: this story contains scenes of violence equivalent to an R-rated movie and explicit sexual situations.

30 review for Illicit Intent

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Get it here: Amazon US * Amazon UK Illicit Intent is my first book from Debbie Baldwin but it will definitely not be my last. To say the least, this book captivated me from the very beginning. Right away we were thrust into a mystery that had me gripping the book and leaning closer as if I could somehow put myself into the pages to live the story along with the characters. There was so much detail in every scene and I really enjoyed how it all played out in a way that allowed us to uncover the ans Get it here: Amazon US * Amazon UK Illicit Intent is my first book from Debbie Baldwin but it will definitely not be my last. To say the least, this book captivated me from the very beginning. Right away we were thrust into a mystery that had me gripping the book and leaning closer as if I could somehow put myself into the pages to live the story along with the characters. There was so much detail in every scene and I really enjoyed how it all played out in a way that allowed us to uncover the answers to Tox and Calliope's questions as the story progressed. It left me wanting more with every turn of the page and there were a lot of shocking discoveries that I never would have guessed. On top of the brilliant suspense that this book had we also had an adorable romance between Tox and Calliope. Tox was such a lovable guy, his vulnerabilities were right there on the page for us to see and it made me fall for him so fast. I thought it was fun how he tried to hold himself back from getting too attached to Calliope but in the end there was just no denying their connection. Especially not when Calliope was such a fun and easygoing woman and yet wouldn't let Tox run from her. Overall, this is a definite must read and I can't wait to get more from this group. I'm excited to go back and read the first in the series but I'm also dying to see what happens next with a certain chameleon-like character. Copy kindly provided by the author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author in exchange for an fair and honest review. There is enough plot in this book for at least three, make that four, books by any other author. And, the wrap up - a thing of beauty. I am beyond impressed by this book. Now, the romance. Holy God of Romance. It is hot, sweet, intense and just wonderful. As the second in the series, I just don't see how it can get any better, but I can't wait for the next one. Who will it be? I don't care, I just want it Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author in exchange for an fair and honest review. There is enough plot in this book for at least three, make that four, books by any other author. And, the wrap up - a thing of beauty. I am beyond impressed by this book. Now, the romance. Holy God of Romance. It is hot, sweet, intense and just wonderful. As the second in the series, I just don't see how it can get any better, but I can't wait for the next one. Who will it be? I don't care, I just want it to be soon. Calliope Garland has lived and traveled the world over and just doesn't want to set any roots in any specific place. She keeps her friends superficial and her lovers short term. Until . . . she meets and gets to know Emily and the Bishop Security Boys. She is working undercover for her Internet newspaper and has just downloaded vital financial information and crashed the company's system when shortly after Calliope's exit the man under investigation, a unscrupulous hedge fund manager, is shot dead. Calliope, unknowingly, also took with her priceless works of art. When she realizes she is definitely on someone's hit list she contacts the only person she trusts to keep her safe. Miller “Tox” Buchanan is a big former Nave SEAL with a lot of issues when it comes to women. He knows he must stay away from Calliope, but he can't when he knows she could be in danger. Protecting her trumps even his self preservation. At first everyone thought it was just the financial information the baddies wanted, but after they discover the priceless art Calliope inadvertently also took, things are suddenly not so clear cut. Figuring this all out causes Calliope and Tox to face some intense issued from their pasts and the only way through is to work together.

  3. 4 out of 5

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Laur Laur

    What a ride! This takes me back to the Sandra Brown/Linda Howard romantic suspense era. This book has 2-3 mysteries to solve, and the author does a great job of having the reader know just a little bit more than the mc's, so it's fun to follow along with their discoveries, yet she throws in some truly surprising twists and turns. Usually I have a good idea of who "the bad guy" is, but with so much going on in this book, certain characters still managed to jump outside the box their characters wer What a ride! This takes me back to the Sandra Brown/Linda Howard romantic suspense era. This book has 2-3 mysteries to solve, and the author does a great job of having the reader know just a little bit more than the mc's, so it's fun to follow along with their discoveries, yet she throws in some truly surprising twists and turns. Usually I have a good idea of who "the bad guy" is, but with so much going on in this book, certain characters still managed to jump outside the box their characters were heading in. I'm not one to try to solve books as I read them, but sometimes it's obvious and unavoidable, so it's awesome to read a book and be honestly surprised by something. Good job, author! And the romance! The romance was really, really enjoyable. The ending was incredibly sweet. The history of the hero is something I've never seen in a romance before, and he dealt with it properly and believably. I'll spoilerize that below if anyone wants to know, we find out about it pretty early. As for the heroine, this one could think on her feet was great at getting herself out of tight situations, yet still counted on the hero to protect her when she needed it. I really liked her. She was the perfect mix of not letting the hero run away when they got too close, but didn't cling on to him at all. Hero's crazy spoiler: (view spoiler)[ He was a stalker in the past! More than once! He'd had restraining orders against him! The reasons given were abandonment issues since he lost his family as a young child, and he went to therapy to deal with it, and he was a young man - actually implied late teen - at the time. It wasn't the women he wanted so much, it was the relationship. He'd never had a serious relationship since, and he was afraid of himself. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    This high-octane mystery is electrified by a fiery romance between journalist Calliope and a Navy Seal named Tox. Calliope is threatened after her boss is killed, leaving her with valuable financials, priceless art, and a growing list of enemies. She calls Tox for help, because she knows he’ll battle any foe for her, even as he copes with intense PTSD. As the action explodes, we wonder, “Will their love survive if they do?” A fine read for fans of R-rated romantic suspense. 4 of 5 Stars Pub Date This high-octane mystery is electrified by a fiery romance between journalist Calliope and a Navy Seal named Tox. Calliope is threatened after her boss is killed, leaving her with valuable financials, priceless art, and a growing list of enemies. She calls Tox for help, because she knows he’ll battle any foe for her, even as he copes with intense PTSD. As the action explodes, we wonder, “Will their love survive if they do?” A fine read for fans of R-rated romantic suspense. 4 of 5 Stars Pub Date 01 Jan 2021 #IllicitIntent #NetGalley Thanks to the author, Gatekeeper Press, and to NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine.

  6. 4 out of 5

    DemetraP

    I loved book 1 so much. I was excited to read a sequel featuring a different couple. I finished Illicit Intent and it was really great. The plot kept me guessing. I was a bit concerned at the start because the heroine seemed stupid (she's undercover as a reporter yet carries her real driver's license?) She's running away with a stolen flash drive and runs into a person on the sidewalk? But the heroine made up for it later on in the book. The hero was so amazing and I just adored him. Hero is in ther I loved book 1 so much. I was excited to read a sequel featuring a different couple. I finished Illicit Intent and it was really great. The plot kept me guessing. I was a bit concerned at the start because the heroine seemed stupid (she's undercover as a reporter yet carries her real driver's license?) She's running away with a stolen flash drive and runs into a person on the sidewalk? But the heroine made up for it later on in the book. The hero was so amazing and I just adored him. Hero is in therapy for being too clingy in relationships and it's so funny how he tries not to be clingy with her. The mystery part is wonderful and the romance made me smile and had some hot scenes. You really believed they fell in love.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Romance Recs

    Illicit Intent by Debbie Baldwin is the second book in the Bishop Security Series. It is not necessary to read the first book, False Front as this book is a stand-alone with different characters and not a continuation. I didn’t read False Front which is the first Bishop Security book featuring characters that are present in this book. I found that I still caught on as they are completely different characters. If you’d like to read it first, here’s the link: False Fronthttps://www.goodreads.com/b Illicit Intent by Debbie Baldwin is the second book in the Bishop Security Series. It is not necessary to read the first book, False Front as this book is a stand-alone with different characters and not a continuation. I didn’t read False Front which is the first Bishop Security book featuring characters that are present in this book. I found that I still caught on as they are completely different characters. If you’d like to read it first, here’s the link: False Fronthttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5... Debbie Baldwin is a new author to me. Without being given the opportunity to read Illicit Intent, I probably wouldn’t have seen this book otherwise. It’s evident from the first chapter, Debbie is an intelligent author and provides much detail in this novel. My initial excitement, however, lead to disappointment overall. The two central characters in the romance portion of the romantic suspense are Miller (Tox) Buchanan and Calliope Garland. Calliope is working a job as a reporter on an assignment fronting as a temp employee in order to obtain information. The case itself isn’t dangerous however events occur that put Calliope in danger. Calliope is a free spirit, likable and very open with her emotions. I really liked her character as well as Tox. Tox, is a surly former Navy SEAL. He has been through a lot but not in the way you’d think. He has more emotional depth than that of the standard “hero” as he explores his issues in this book. I enjoyed the story of Tox and Calliope a lot. They were great together. I loved their in-depth conversations when they were getting to know each other. Being that they’ve met each other before, provided an added layer of the already sizzling chemistry. Though the Calliope and Tox scenes were great, I felt the back and forth of the book between the past and present with all of the characters added an unnecessary level of complexity to the novel. Complexity that for me, didn’t add to the plot. I found the chapters about the past to be overkill. It could have been explained in a shorter way. I understand that this is romantic suspense. I’ve never read a Nora Roberts novel. The blurb does state that lovers of Nora Roberts would like this book as well so perhaps this just isn’t for me. The book went back and forth in order to provide context to the working of the plot. The suspense part of the book was a tad lackluster for me. It would have worked better for me if the story stayed in the current timeline and still had the suspense in the background but focused more on the love story of the two main characters. The story is told in third person POV however the number of characters in the plot made it hard to follow the story line. I found myself eager for it to end to I could get to the Tox and Calliope scenes. I wanted more out of their story. If you are looking for a suspense book, heavy on suspense, average on romance, this is your book. If you are looking for a standard romance novel, I’d look elsewhere as this has a lot of extra scenes not focused on a love story. I received an advance review copy from NetGalley, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marit

    3.5 stars While I admire the author’s ambition for an elaborate plot, with so much going on, the connection to the two main characters were suffocated by the space it took up in this book. Because of this, I never made an emotional connection to Tox or Calliope and it didn’t feel like they did with each other either. It almost had me wondering if the book would have been better without their relationship. Instead of weaving its way through the story, the romance felt tacked on and not properly th 3.5 stars While I admire the author’s ambition for an elaborate plot, with so much going on, the connection to the two main characters were suffocated by the space it took up in this book. Because of this, I never made an emotional connection to Tox or Calliope and it didn’t feel like they did with each other either. It almost had me wondering if the book would have been better without their relationship. Instead of weaving its way through the story, the romance felt tacked on and not properly thought-out. Calliope’s boss is murdered just seconds after she leaves him and when she finds out she and Tox go climb a tree. We never know if she is fearful for her own safety or shocked or gives a crap that there was such extreme violence so close to her. Neither one of them have much of a character ARC outside of the fact that they start single and end up together. Most of their attraction was told instead of shown and once they do get together all they really do is have sex. When Tox’s “bear” is finally unleashed, it’s just kinda ‘mheh’ and I found myself skimming the sex scenes. For all the hype of him letting his badass out of a cage, I expected a little more imagination. It felt like this book wanted to be a thriller in the style in which it was written but it jumps around too much and at times I found myself thinking I’d just read several pages that didn’t have anything to do with actually moving the plot forward. I get that this was book two of a series, but there were entire chapters that were unnecessary which made reading it tedious in stead of page-turning. With all the POVs we are asked to be kept track of, plus all the characters and their double names my head was spinning. For example, I didn’t really need to know about Emily and Nathan, that could have been in an epilogue of their book. I was happy to see that the book was edited, but I wonder just how much it was. Obviously the author has a firm grip on the English language—it’s really that and my respect for keeping track of all her loose threads that are keeping this rating at a solid 3.5 stars—but there were a lot of word echos and the constantly changing POV felt more like a head hops than an effective way to narrate. Overall, if the two main characters would have been more front and center and had deeper POVs without head-hopping in the same scene, this would have passed for a stronger Romantic Suspense. But as is, it’s more of a surface Romance on one side of the plate and busy Suspense on the other. I received an advanced review copy for free, and am leaving this review voluntarily.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Forsythe

    3.5 In having reached the end of this book, I have to make a decision pertaining to reviewing it. (Well, these books. I could have said the same thing at the end of book one.) Do I review and rate it based on my own likes/dislikes or how it fits the requirements of it's genre? Because while I read and enjoy certain parts of this genre, there are some aspects of it I seriously dislike and Bladwin adheres to them. But how do I weight them, as personal pet peeves or as genre expectations? Example (an 3.5 In having reached the end of this book, I have to make a decision pertaining to reviewing it. (Well, these books. I could have said the same thing at the end of book one.) Do I review and rate it based on my own likes/dislikes or how it fits the requirements of it's genre? Because while I read and enjoy certain parts of this genre, there are some aspects of it I seriously dislike and Bladwin adheres to them. But how do I weight them, as personal pet peeves or as genre expectations? Example (and I don't consider this a spoiler because of the aforementioned genre expectations. Anyone who doesn't know how this book ends probably doesn't read many in this genre.) The book ends with a big diamond ring, wedding bells, and a baby. (As did the last one and sooooo many others.) I expect many readers really do read with barely suppressed excitement, thinking, "Yes, give me those culturally mandated feel-good moments." While I approach the end of such books with an increasing sense of dread, wondering when I'll be disappointed by that same culturally cliched predictability. I promise there are other kinds of happily-ever-afters for women than swollen bellies and baby booties. I PROMISE. But can I really fault Baldwin for writing what the genre expects? I don't know, but I want to. I get so BORED with the same endings. I always hope I'll be surprised on this matter. I rarely am. And they're so often tacked on after the main thriller/suspense plot has come to a natural conclusion. Having said all of that, Baldwin does also subvert several problematic tropes in enjoyable ways. Tox is basically an anti-alpha-asshole. He has all those same brutish, possessive tendencies that fill books of this sort, but he's aware of them and making concerted efforts to counter them. Calliope is so flighty and carefree as to seem child-like (and infantilizing female characters, especially in romance irritates the heck out of me). But she's also forward, assertive, and not content to sit home folding laundry in the end. There are several examples of the classic 'dead parent' trope. But the number of loving and supportive non-biological families fill the void. I did find the the circuitous nature and the suspense aspect of the book more compelling that the romance. I liked both characters and even liked them together. But I think the romance was shown to be fairly focused on lust and we're told that is love. I also got a little bored with the 'he's so BIG (everywhere)." Sexual dimorphism is a thing, sure, but  I don't really consider it a turn on and the everywhere aspect of if just seemed like it should be painful. All in all, I didn't find this personally faultless. But I do think the writing is eminently readable, editing clean, cast of characters every growing but interesting, and the series well worth pursuing further.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Sturlini

    OMG!!!! WHAT A RIVETING STORY!!!!👍👍👍👍👍 I enjoyed this book immensely! It was the perfect romantic suspense!! The love story between Tox and Calliope was super sensual, romantic and fun to follow. I liked that they understood each other's quirks, differences and very human hang-ups and built upon them with very little angst and lots of sweet affection and passion. I enjoyed revisiting with Nathan and Emily and the rest of the Bishop Security team. It was nice to get caught up with the babies and t OMG!!!! WHAT A RIVETING STORY!!!!👍👍👍👍👍 I enjoyed this book immensely! It was the perfect romantic suspense!! The love story between Tox and Calliope was super sensual, romantic and fun to follow. I liked that they understood each other's quirks, differences and very human hang-ups and built upon them with very little angst and lots of sweet affection and passion. I enjoyed revisiting with Nathan and Emily and the rest of the Bishop Security team. It was nice to get caught up with the babies and the other wonderfully interesting characters that we met in the first book of the series! The mystery, non-stop action, twists and turns and very suspenseful happenings was off the charts!!! There were a lot of unexpected surprises that had me smiling in fascination and immense admiration at how cleverly the author had dovetailed and weaved all of the different characters and various storyline plots into one. She left me speechless and gratified with the resolution of some of the story threads that were so satisfyingly and deftly executed!!!! I highly recommend this book. It was an excellent and engrossing read. It had a uniquely unusual storyline that any mystery lover would find very enjoyable.... 😇

  11. 4 out of 5

    Book Him Danno

    Debbie Baldwin bring back the day of Linda Howard type of romantic suspense. A little cheese and a little over the top but readers will love the classic style of writing. Readers will connect with the characters as they try and figure out the different mysteries that are driving Calliope and Miller together as they fight the passion they are feeling. Illicit Intent is the compete romantic suspense novels will be able to enjoy. The story is a stand alone novel and each story ends with what readers Debbie Baldwin bring back the day of Linda Howard type of romantic suspense. A little cheese and a little over the top but readers will love the classic style of writing. Readers will connect with the characters as they try and figure out the different mysteries that are driving Calliope and Miller together as they fight the passion they are feeling. Illicit Intent is the compete romantic suspense novels will be able to enjoy. The story is a stand alone novel and each story ends with what readers expect as they read the story. Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of Illicit Intent by Debbie Baldwin

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karen J

    It seems forever... This however, was completely worth the wait ! The second installment of Bishop Security, Miller, aka "Tox's" story was amazing! I loved meeting Calliope and Tox in Nathan's and Emily's novel and Ms. Baldwin, you couldn't have picked to better characters to becone the next book in this series! Calliope is such and amazing heroine, strong, completely unique, full of confidence, and so totally lovable! Tox is scarred by his youth, but found home with the Navy and the Teams. He was s It seems forever... This however, was completely worth the wait ! The second installment of Bishop Security, Miller, aka "Tox's" story was amazing! I loved meeting Calliope and Tox in Nathan's and Emily's novel and Ms. Baldwin, you couldn't have picked to better characters to becone the next book in this series! Calliope is such and amazing heroine, strong, completely unique, full of confidence, and so totally lovable! Tox is scarred by his youth, but found home with the Navy and the Teams. He was so fun in the first book, but you have a true insight into his psyche in this novel. I loved how he ended up in the therapist's office, and his way of trying to handling his insecurities without apologies. He also is a mtn of a man who is well trained and completely perfect for a hummingbird! The storyline was truly amazing, to paraphrase one of the minor characters, it's like a big piece of the puzzle is missing... Well woven intricacies, which made for a great read that moved and was fun! There were certainly moments for Calliope and Tox, but Tox let nothing stop him from letting his bear out when needed! Ending on, love the scene where Calliope looks around Tox and says "Hi Dad.,"! Awesome novel, I simply cannot wait for more! Karen

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenniferculver

    Wow!! What sequel!! I read False Front and absolutely loved it. Great intrigue. Great escape. During a time that we all needed just that!! And now .... we need another escape and this book hits that switch!! Great continuation of character development — but a completely new story that will grab you immediately!! A page turner from beginning to end!! Dive into this one!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This is the second book in the Bishop Security series that I have read through ARC programs. I received this one through BookSprout in exchange for the review. Even though I read the first book, I believe this one could be read as a standalone. In my opinion, there is so much going on in this book that you do not need too much about the prior story. This book has plenty of flashbacks, both for the main characters and others that go back generations. In that case it took a bit of time to figure o This is the second book in the Bishop Security series that I have read through ARC programs. I received this one through BookSprout in exchange for the review. Even though I read the first book, I believe this one could be read as a standalone. In my opinion, there is so much going on in this book that you do not need too much about the prior story. This book has plenty of flashbacks, both for the main characters and others that go back generations. In that case it took a bit of time to figure out how these scenes pertained to the current story. The main story follows Calliope and Tox, who briefly met before this book, but have been thrown back together. Tox, whose real name is Miles, is a former Navy SEAL who now works for Bishop Security. Calliope is an undercover reporter, working for a money manager, who seems to be running a Ponzi scheme. When the man is murdered just moments after Calliope leaves the office with some incriminating information about his business, she seems in danger by people who might want it. As the story progresses, Calliope seems to be in danger from different people and Tox is drawn to her not just to keep her safe. Their relationship seems to be a bit of “opposites attract”, until they both realize that they might not be as opposite as they thought. They also have combustible chemistry and begin to see that maybe they are not opposites. By the end of the book, there are many secrets revealed and stories concluded with plenty action and intrigue.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Grow

    I decided to try this book as the summary sounded interesting. Although it was the second book in the series and I hadn’t read the first one, I decided to try it. It was a little confusing in the beginning as characters were introduced, but by the third chapter I was all in! I really enjoyed the characters of Calliope (so very unique) and Miller aka “Tox” who is dealing with PTSD. Calliope stumbles into information that she shouldn’t have and when she is threatened, she calls Tox. There is non-s I decided to try this book as the summary sounded interesting. Although it was the second book in the series and I hadn’t read the first one, I decided to try it. It was a little confusing in the beginning as characters were introduced, but by the third chapter I was all in! I really enjoyed the characters of Calliope (so very unique) and Miller aka “Tox” who is dealing with PTSD. Calliope stumbles into information that she shouldn’t have and when she is threatened, she calls Tox. There is non-stop action as men keep coming after, threatening her for the information that she no longer has. Their attraction is off the charts, but he feels that his past makes him someone she should avoid. The dialog between the characters is fresh and witty. Even though this was the second book, the author included enough about the previous characters that I never felt lost (I do want to read the first book). Will Calliope and Tox figure out all the players before one of them ends up injured or dead? I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)

  16. 4 out of 5

    David Morris

    This is one of those books where you really need to pay attention to the characters and how they relate to one another. Some people may call this a roller coaster, but I prefer to think of it as a good story, told well. Calliope and Miller (Tox) are the main characters and from the beginning you know they are going to end up together. With a supporting cast of good guys, bad guys, and some that are both, you are soon caught up in a story that revolves around an art heist and a few dead bodies. I t This is one of those books where you really need to pay attention to the characters and how they relate to one another. Some people may call this a roller coaster, but I prefer to think of it as a good story, told well. Calliope and Miller (Tox) are the main characters and from the beginning you know they are going to end up together. With a supporting cast of good guys, bad guys, and some that are both, you are soon caught up in a story that revolves around an art heist and a few dead bodies. I took my time reading this one because I really wanted to keep the characters straight. I recommend it to any that want to enjoy a good story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    Calliope is more than a simple investigative reporter. She has survival and blending skills and resources that any country would drool to have in an asset. A simple assignment leaves her with a bevy of kill targets on her back. Tox is a skilled operator from her past, part bear, part psy ops dream Together they might do more than survive. They might just be able to build a future where they could thrive- if they don’t kill each other first. As long as no one else kills them first Suspense thriller Calliope is more than a simple investigative reporter. She has survival and blending skills and resources that any country would drool to have in an asset. A simple assignment leaves her with a bevy of kill targets on her back. Tox is a skilled operator from her past, part bear, part psy ops dream Together they might do more than survive. They might just be able to build a future where they could thrive- if they don’t kill each other first. As long as no one else kills them first Suspense thriller, drama, action and steamy romance I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    This is one that will get your attention if you like suspense. Calliope is doing research but suddenly the subject is dust and danger is afoot. Also what she has likely put her a big bulleye's on her. As it piles up and the danger becomes deeper, she needs to trust someone. She has Tox to come and does to her side to help. Oh those Seals can be the best when there is distress. The chemistry also might cause the reader distress as things escalate in all directions. This was one that keeps the pag This is one that will get your attention if you like suspense. Calliope is doing research but suddenly the subject is dust and danger is afoot. Also what she has likely put her a big bulleye's on her. As it piles up and the danger becomes deeper, she needs to trust someone. She has Tox to come and does to her side to help. Oh those Seals can be the best when there is distress. The chemistry also might cause the reader distress as things escalate in all directions. This was one that keeps the pages turning.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Judy Barrett

    Ms. Baldwin has once again taken separate threads and woven together a page turning story you don't want to put down. Mystery, intrigue, and romance. It has it all. Tox and Calliope met in the previous book. This is their story and can be read as a stand alone. Well written and edited, this one will stay on my Kindle for a re-read in the future. I look forward to her next book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. Ms. Baldwin has once again taken separate threads and woven together a page turning story you don't want to put down. Mystery, intrigue, and romance. It has it all. Tox and Calliope met in the previous book. This is their story and can be read as a stand alone. Well written and edited, this one will stay on my Kindle for a re-read in the future. I look forward to her next book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cassi

    Quick & fun read I got this book from my mom & really liked it. It is the second in a series but is easily read on its own without feeling like you’ve missed anything. I liked the whole SEAL family and look forward to getting to know all the characters’s stories. Tox & Calliope are well written & fun characters that figure out how to figure it out in a natural unforced way that was fun to follow. I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sunny Hilliard

    I’m in love with this sequel! I would have been disappointed if there was no follow up to her fantastic first book—False Front. The characters she has created are no doubt fan favorites of the suspenseful romance genre! This author has come out of the gates full steam ahead. Can’t wait to read more of her books!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Linda Zelinsky

    The story line was full of excitement, but I found the flashbacks took away from the story. The reader tends to get a little lost while reading the plot then thrown into a flashback. Found it confusing at times.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Great read!!! Loved it the whole way through!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kara Horton

    Spectacular book! Great writing, romance and mystery! Couldn’t put it down! Can’t wait for the third book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kim Cella

    Character development is unreal. I pray this series is made into a movie. Highly recommend.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stacy W

    Couldn’t put this down. Absolutely loved every page!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Trish Reeb

    From start to finish the character development and storyline wove into an amazing book! More please!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dallison

    This new author is excellent. I cannot wait for the next book in this series ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Jones

  30. 5 out of 5

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