Playing Dirty: Bad Boys Undercover

HelenKay Dimon
Playing Dirty: Bad Boys Undercover
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Release Date
January 2015
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

As an elite Alliance agent—the joint undercover operation of MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, and the CIA—Ford Decker lives for the adrenaline. But when he befriends sexy property manager Shay Alexander in hopes of finding her cousin, a known national security threat, Ford crosses the line, getting to know her better . . . in bed.

After being burned by her last relationship, Shay wants to take things slow. Yet she can't keep her hands off the drop-dead gorgeous hottie who's moved into her apartment building. So when Ford's identity as an undercover agent is exposed, his betrayal cuts deep. Shay never wants to see him again, but Ford can't let her go, not when her life is still in danger. He will sacrifice everything to protect her, then be prepared to walk away from the only woman he's ever loved, even if it breaks him.

Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Jan 07, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
108 people found the following review helpful
PLAYING DIRTY kicks off a new romantic suspense series from HelenKay Dimon. It was a super good read that I enjoyed a lot.

The series has a great premise. A covert military group consisting of CIA and M16 operatives. The author has created an intriguing cast of alpha heroes, and each and every one of them promises an interesting story. In this first book, it is CIA man Ford Decker who gets his turn at romance and adventure.

The book opens with the group already hot on the trail of a terrorist plot involving a stolen deadly toxin. When all is said and done, their best lead is getting close to the main suspect's cousin. Ford regrets deceiving Shay, but that doesn't stop him from sleeping with her while doing his job. Great set-up, but the kind that can go sideways if the author doesn't sell me on the real love part. In this case the author convinced me that it was love. They had a great chemistry and I felt that Ford felt bad for the betrayal. He didn't realize how fast he would fall in love with Shay in the beginning. Yet, he still needed to get the job done. I felt bad for him when he kept wondering if she could ever forgive him.

It was a very exciting story with lots of intrigue and twists. I loved the action scenes. It was mostly told from Ford's point of view which was something new. This allowed plenty of insight into the dynamics between the team. It was intense at times, and the author left a few things open for later exploration there. Overall, it was fairly well written, fast moving and left me waiting for more.

I'll give it four stars. It's a pretty good find for me as a first time reader of this author. I liked it, so it's easy to recommend.
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