Series: The Associates #1
Published by Author on April 17, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
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SHE’S AN EX-SAFECRACKER FORCED INTO ONE LAST HEIST
Angel Ramirez left the safecracking game five years ago, and she’s worked hard to make amends and build an honest life. But when a beloved aunt is kidnapped, she must reunite with her girl gang to acquire the unique ransom: Walter Borgola’s prized diamonds. It’s a simple job that turns into a nightmare, thanks to a surprisingly clever—and searingly sexy—security guard named Cole Hawkins.
HE’S AN UNDERCOVER AGENT WITH BIG PLANS FOR HIS GORGEOUS THIEF
Cole is one of the Association’s most brilliant agents, under deep cover investigating a ruthless killer. He’s also running out of time: hundreds will die if he doesn’t stop the plan Borgola’s set into motion. Catching Angel is the break he needed--he promises not to turn her in if she poses as his lover and uses her unique talents to unlock the sociopath’s dungeon vaults.
But as pretend passions turn real, Cole regrets drawing Angel into his deadly game…and danger is closer than either of them could ever imagine.
Romantic suspense is not my usual fare. That is unless Carolyn Crane is writing it. I picked this one up simply because I love its author. Crane has a distinctive voice and her urban fantasy series, The Disillusionist, is one my favorites. AGAINST THE DARK didn’t disappoint. The action was suspenseful and the romance was super sexy. The series focuses on geeky super agents that take care of things governments can’t. Cole is “The Associate” charged with bringing down a crazy psychotic human trafficker and his specialty is logistics. He’s a math nerd who uses numbers to determine outcomes and probabilities. While deep undercover he comes across Angel, a safe cracker gone straight who has to do one last job to save someone she loves. I loved the Charlie’s Angels feel of her crew. It provided some sexy girl power fun though I could have done without the lucky lipstick. The chemistry between Cole and Angel was pretty electric particularly when they’re thrown together and forced to pretend they’re a couple. While I loved the romantic chemistry of Angel and Cole and the tense situation they were in, one thing that felt a bit thin to me was Cole himself. His obsession with numbers seemed a little underdeveloped and in the end, I just didn’t “buy” that important aspect of his character. Regardless, this was a great sexy and suspenseful read and a strong start to a new series. 3.5 Howls!