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This erotic romance is a paperback edition that was published by Pocket Books on May 12, 2009 and has 390 pages.
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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Blood Trinity, Deadly Promises, Alterant, The Curse, Rise of the Gryphon, Man of My Dreams, Invincible, Born of Shadows, Retribution, Big Guns Out of Uniform, Tapestry, In Other Worlds, Dream Warrior, "One BAD Night", Dark Side of the Moon, The Guardian, Infamous, Born of Silence, Aftertaste, Inferno, Styxx, Dangerous Women, Son of No One, Dragonbane, Born of Vengeance, Deadmen Walking
Third in the B.A.D. romance suspense series. The couple focus is on Gabrielle Tynte Saxe and Carlos Delgado/Alejandro Durand.
It’s scary to think there could well be organizations like the Fratelli or the Angeli. But then power is very enticing, and the Angeli’s primary purpose “sounds” good if much too dictatorial and without any hope for real success. A lovely concept, but appalling execution.
I find it hard to believe that Gabrielle, supposedly such a hotshot computer techie, would be so easily found.
Definitely lots of action in bed and out as Carlos and Gabrielle escape one attack after another. It’s sweet as they each come to know each other. I liked that Kenyon and Love kept both parties’ reservations about their future realistic instead of getting all gushy and expectant. I also liked how Carlos solved the Roberto problem. Very neat and tidy.
Mirage, an unknown informant, has been feeding accurate information to federal agencies including B.A.D. for some time now. And Joe has had enough. He wants to know who is hiding behind the name — informers always have an angle — and it’s now Carlos’ job to bring her in.
But it all goes wrong when he and Lee arrive at Mirage’s address. Three kidnappings in a row, by three different groups. The last is almost the worst, promising a living death unless Gabrielle can convince B.A.D. that she can be an asset.
And there is something wrong at the École d’Ascension for it cannot be a coincidence that so many young girls go missing from the school. With its tight security, no B.A.D. agent will be able to penetrate its doors. The question is, does Gabrielle work for the Anguis? The Fratelli? Will she betray Carlos to his father?
Mirage, a.k.a., Gabrielle Tynte Saxe, is a terrified mess hiding from her nasty ex-husband Roberto Delacourte and determined on vengeance for her mother’s death. She is a former student at the École d’Ascension in France where Pierre Prudhomme is an assistant for the school’s head Monsieur LaCrosse. Linette is an old schoolfriend of Gabrielle’s who went missing years ago. Babette is Gabrielle’s sister. And a student at the École.
Carlos Delgado used to be Alejandro Anguis. The son of a notorious drug runner and weapons dealer in South America.
Fellow agents at B.A.D. include…
…Retter; Korbin Maximum, adrenaline junkie, insertion specialist, and resident lothario working his way through the alphabet; Reagan “Rae” Graham is quite lethal, and everyone is hoping that she and Korbin will just get a room; Gotthard Heinrich is the big guy on the team and their computer specialist with a bad marriage; Alex “Sandman” Sanderson is an assault weatherman. Hunter Wesley Thornton-Payne III is an arrogant aristocrat, but very good at his job. It’s just that no one wants anything to do with him. Joe Q. Public is their boss; Tee is his assistant and lover.
Durand Anguis is the head of an organized crime family in South America and very dangerous to cross — and Carlos’ father. Maria is Carlos’ sister with the crippled son Eduardo; Durand hates that she and her son are so timid, so submissive. Julio is his most trusted soldier. Ferdinand is another.
Vestavia, a.k.a., DEA Special Agent Robert Brady, is an associate using Durand to plot terrorism. He is also one of the Fratelli and the Angeli, an even more secret organization. Josie Silversteen was originally groomed to serve the Fratelli sexually, but Vestavia chose to train her for fieldwork, and she is now a special agent with the DEA.
Baby Face Jones is an electronics felon who takes on sidejobs…like picking up Mirage. Turga is a poacher; he steps in at the last minute with his men to take what another has found.
The Cover and Title
The cover is black and gold-red holograms for the authors’ names, the title, and the snake twined ’round the dagger.
The title could refer to all the Whispered Lies that are floating throughout this story: Gabrielle’s keeping her ex’s threats to herself, Carlos hiding from his father, Marie and Eduardo keeping their secrets from Durand, the more subtle threat from B.A.D. to Gabrielle’s future, or it could simply be a veiled reference to Mirage and his/her method of contacting law enforcement with tips…