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Release Date: September 25, 2012
Series: McCloud Brothers, Book 9
Author Website: http://www.shannonmckenna.com
Source: ARC From Publisher
Rating: Four flowers of love
Secrets Never Die
Alex Aaro has spent most of his life on the run from his Ukrainian mafia family. But when he learns that crazy Aunt Tonya, the only relative who ever gave a damn about him, is dying, he risks returning home to say goodbye. He’s prepared for anything except the call from his friend, Bruno Ranieri, that sends him on a wild and dangerous ride with a mysterious woman who holds a deadly secret and a white hot passion that binds them together.
Social worker Nina Christie has no idea how much trouble she’s in when her Aunt Helga shows up bleeding at her shelter, babbling in Ukrainian—and with one inexplicable act thrusts Nina into the heart of a nightmare. Now a ruthless crime syndicate will stop at nothing to make Nina disappear, and only Alex Aaro, that inscrutable six-foot-four rock hard slab of lean muscle, stands between her and certain death. Now Nina and Alex are in a race against time, death, and their desire for one another…
Ok, maybe I’ve been out of the loop because I haven’t read a sizzling romance like this in a minute. I had to stop reading and fan myself a couple of times. This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it will not be my last. I didn’t realize that it was part of a series until I started writing my review so I will be backtracking. Hopefully I can get more Aaro action.
Anyhoo, when there’s a strong male character in a story, I can’t help but imagine who they would look like in real life. For some reason, I just couldn’t help but imagining Aaro as Jason from General Hospital. Now if there are any GH fans reading this, they know that Jason is one fine piece of man and fits right into the role. Yes, I overlooked the blonde hair, I was just concentrating on the body so don’t judge me.
Nina had a little feistiness about her. She was paranoid as hell, but who wouldn’t be with all she had going on. I liked that she didn’t let Aaro intimidate her no matter how rude or raunchy he was being. I liked him both ways, but that’s just me. It just made their chemistry more appealing. I couldn’t come up with someone for Nina’s character. No, to be honest, I didn’t care. As long as I had Aaro/Jason in my mind, I was good.
I loved the story. The romance and the action were on point. The mind reading thing was unexpected and creepy, but it fit right in with the shady characters. It kind of had a paranormal feel to it, which I love so that was an extra bonus. There was never a dull moment so it wasn’t a problem for me to get lost in the story.
Overall, I thought this was a good book. I would definitely recommend it to romance and mystery suspense lovers.
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