Author: Ava Drake
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press/Dreamspun Desires
Length: 228 Pages
Category: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: Ava Drake brings action, suspense and danger along with the wild car chases in the third installment of the Wild Cards series in the Dreamspun Desires collection, and I hope she has more stories lined up for this series.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: In crime, like in love, there can be no half measures….
Fashion model Zane Stryker needs money—badly. At almost thirty, his glory days are behind him, and he needs capital to start over. When his luggage is switched with a bag containing contraband he’s forced to deliver, it’s either the worst thing that’s ever happened to him… or the best.
Enter Sebastian Gigoni, formerly of the British Special Forces, who has to decide just where Zane’s loyalty lies and why. Sizzling attraction erupts between them, but that doesn’t mean they can trust each other. They double down in a race for their lives—and their love—but are their purposes at odds? As they struggle to reconcile their goals, their consciences, and the needs of their hearts, one thing is clear—they must go all in or give up altogether.
Review: Peregrine Cardiffe, co-owner of private security firm Wild Cards, Inc., is trying to put a stop to counterfeiting by the Erebus Consortium. The Erebus Consortium is a group of capable businessmen who have pooled their resources and monetize crime into a highly organized, secretive corporate structure, which has been a headache for law enforcement.
Zane Stryker is trying to make one more big payday on the runway. He’s put together his best wardrobe, packed up and has returned from Milan for his last shot in NY. When his luggage is confiscated by airport security, he finds himself on the run. Zane has a chance to make big bucks, one million dollars, by handing over what’s in his luggage. But, would that really solve all his problems?
Sebastian Gigoni joined the Army at eighteen, and with his savings he started investing in properties. His background is pretty impressive, working for the SAS, the Army and Special Forces. He’s trying to help Peregrine put an end to the Erebus Consortium. And has found what he’s looking for: the suspicious luggage and its owner, Zane Stryker.
Sebastian and Zane are suspicious of each other; who’s working for whom? Zane thinks he can outsmart both Sebastian and the counterfeiters. He puts some of his creative ideas into motion, but it also puts him and Sebastian into some pretty hair-raising and dangerous situations.
Then, we have Etienne Souvent, former combat driver for the Foreign Legion. He gets to chauffeur Sebastian and Zane around, and takes them on some of the wildest car chases ever.
Ava Drake brings action, suspense and danger along with the wild car chases in the third installment of the Wild Cards series in the Dreamspun Desires collection, and I hope she has more stories lined up for this series. The plotline was very interesting, with counterfeit plates as the focus. Sebastian and Zane certainly make for an exciting couple in their different experiences growing up, and in the chemistry that they create. Etienne Souvent, being a little bit mysterious, certainly was an entertaining and fun character.
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