Friday, 7 October 2011

Book Review: Dangerous Desire by Diane Escalera

Title: Dangerous Desire
Author: Diane Escalera
Release Date: 18 July 2011
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Source: ebook provided by author for review
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon

Grade: 4 stars

Novellus superbus!
Goodreads appetizer: Sienna Diaz is desperate to find her missing beagle, no matter what it costs. She hires Cruz Santino, the best-and hottest-in the business. He's an ex cop, dangerous on many levels, which comes in handy when all evidence indicates her beloved pet was snatched to use in a dogfighting ring.

Cruz will do whatever it takes to find Sienna's lost pet, but he also wants results from the smokin' hot attraction between them-and he isn't above breaking his own hands-off-clients rule to get there. However, until he brings her beloved beagle home safely, he won't have Sienna's undivided attention...and affection.

This review was originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.


My Thoughts: I have to confess that when I first heard of Dangerous Desire and its premise (a pet detective) I thought it would be a comical read. Well I couldn't have been more wrong.

Though it is a contemporary romance, Dangerous Desire is full of thrill and suspense and it explores crimes not for the faint-hearted (animal cruelty and dog fights) with well detailed and realistic storytelling.

Diane Escalera's easy and entertaining writing will keep the reader glued to the page. The sizzling attraction between Cruz and Sienna despite developing quite quickly does not sound fabricated and rushed. One can understand how in such extreme and exaggerated circumstances these things progress at a different rate.

Both Sienna and Cruz were interesting and well fleshed-out characters. Cruz sounds so yummy that based on Sienna's descriptions of not only his physique but his take charge attitude I was drooling er.. I mean smitten with him. And due to her having already lived and experienced a lot Sienna feels confident in her own age, body and life.

I liked most of the secondary characters as well, it was only Tori, Sienna's best friend whom I couldn't stand. She was so loud mouthed and way over the top that her presence irritated me even through the virtual distance, and I couldn't wait for her to finally exit the scene and not monopolize the conversation and all the attention.

When speaking of secondary characters I have to mention Zola (Sienna's cute beagle) and Roman, the trustworthy German shepherd of Cruz who besides being of great help in the investigation was a wonderfully adorable and funny pet.

Besides the sensual romance what stood out for me in Dangerous Desire was the chuckle out, tongue in cheek humour Diane Escalera used to describe Sienna's self deprecating thoughts, like when she couldn't tear her eyes away from Cruz muscular body after a work out:
She really needed to stop eye-raping him.
and Cruz' own inner monologues:
He kissed her with wild abandon, his ache raw and primitive. Foreplay with Sienna was so freakin surreal, he heard bells ringing, dogs barking. The noise grew louder and more persistent--the ruckus wasn’t inside his head. Someone was at the front door.

Verdict: With a completely unprecedented mystery plot, sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine as well as chuckle out loud humour Diane Escalera's writing makes Dangerous Desire a thrilling (and very sexy) read. I would recommend you give Dangerous Desire a chance, such a nice and unexpected surprise doesn't happen too often.

Plot: 8/10
Characters: 8/10
Writing: 8/10
Ending: 8/10
Cover: 5/10

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