Series: Love Undercover #4
Published by HQN on March 25, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A no-nonsense female cop reluctantly teams up with the one man who makes her lose control in a deliciously sensual new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster...
To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is 6'4" of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life—and women—to the limit. Until Margo is threatened, and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own.
Beneath Margo's tough facade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side…skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he'll have to prove he's all the man she needs—in all the ways that matter.
Right off the bat, I’m going to bring up something that amused me throughout this whole book. I know this isn’t a funny book, but Dash’s name, when ever mentioned as his true, full name, I had to laugh. All my Supernatural soaked mind could think was Dashiel = Castiel! Crazy, I know, but Supernatural is on my brain a lot of the time, so I guess it wasn’t a big leap.
We know Margaret and Dash from the previous novels in the Love Undercover series, and in Dash of Peril, we get to see completely different sides to them. Well, Dash was always a “good” guy, so that was no surprise, but Lieutenant Margaret Peterson has been portrayed as a pretty stiff, androgynous character. Now her female side is coming out to play, to the shock of her team. The reactions from Logan and Reese are epic and hilarious. They are stunned by the soft, womanly side of Margo. It’s almost like a dual personality going on.
Margaret is on the bad side of some very, very bad people and a hit has been put out on her. In comes the helpful, protective Dashiel (hehehe) to support Margo through the ensuing chaos. I know a lot of you are going to hiss and boo at this, but I was not in love with Dash’s character. Despite his attempts at playing the dominant for Margo in some sex games, most of the time he came off as the puppy dog. He played the submissive role in every other aspect except sometimes in the bedroom. I’m not against a man taking care of his woman, he damn well should, but Dash just seemed so, catering to the point of obsessiveness. I’m surprised he didn’t spoon feed her her dinners. I guess you could say he came off tame to me, not the rough around the edges, tough as nails type of hero like Reese, Logan and Rowdy. The last sentence of the book pretty much revoked his man card for me.
I was pleased at what we got to see of Cannon. I’m interested to see where his storyline is going to go and if it includes an interest from this book. I really don’t want it to include her, but unless some new characters are going to be introduced through his story, I may have to deal.
Overall, the story was a good one, the investigation was ok, but mostly involved a lot of Reese & Logan checking in until near the end. The characters involved were interesting and Margo’s family dysfunction made me cringe for her. The bad guy is caught and the HEA was had. Let’s move on to Cannon!
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