Dangerous Secrets by Lisa Marie Rice
Series: Dangerous #2
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on July 1, 2008
Genres: Contemporary, mystery/thriller, Romance
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Small-town librarian Charity Prewitt never dreamed she'd meet and fall in love with a man like Nicholas Ames. The handsome, rich, charming, sexy-as-hell millionaire blew into tiny Parker's Ridge, Vermont, and immediately rocked her world. Powerful, sensual, the perfect man, Nick knows all the right words—and all the right spots to touch, sending her soaring to dizzying new heights of ecstatic abandon. Never before has prim and proper Charity leapt into bed with a perfect stranger—and now that she's there with him, nothing is going to drag her away!
But Nick Ames is not who he claims to be. In truth, he is Nicholas Ireland—the one they call "Iceman." A former Delta Force operator, now a high-level undercover agent, he will do whatever his government asks of him—lie, seduce, betray . . . even kill, if necessary—for the sake of the mission. And this time his mission is Charity Prewitt.
Suddenly one woman has broken down his chilly restraint and ignited his passions completely. And before the erotic dream turns into a nightmare, will Charity be able to melt the Iceman's cold, cold heart?
Dangerous Secrets is the ninth (9) book I’ve read using the Scribd service and the second book in the Dangerous series. This book is currently on sale at Kobo for $9.99. I was already aware of the author and the series prior to joining Scribd.
I had to stop around 25% and then I skimmed the rest. This one was really hard for me because it included a trope I despise and it had a bad guy with an extremely compelling and sad backstory.
The bad guy in Dangerous Secrets, Vassily, is a broken man. He was a young, famous and idealistic writer in Russia directly after the fall of the Soviet Union. He and his beloved, a beautiful poet named Katya, were at home in bed when they were arrested by the secret police for no reason and given no trial.
They were sent to the harshest prison in the country and forgotten about. The place, in the middle of a frozen nowhere, was known for torture and mistreatment. Katya was gang raped to death by the guards within the first week that she was there. Her death almost destroyed Vassily.
Some time later Vassily wrote a poem about the harshness of life at the prison. The poem was smuggled out and became famous – so the guards took a hammer and crushed all the bones in his hands with the exception of two. Vassily was there for decades.
Due to all of this horror Vassily lost his soul (and parts of his mind, it seems) and became some hardcore Russian gang leader. Who is obsessed with the heroine, Charity, because she is the spitting image of Katya (and about the same age as Katya when she died). He’s crazy and believes that Charity IS Katya brought back to life and soon he’ll be able to have that relationship and woman again.
THIS is the guy I’m supposed to root against and it’s just all sooooo freaking sad!
Just to make it worse, the hero, Nick, is an undercover agent sent to take Vassily down – and he uses Charity to do it. He gets into a relationship with her based on false pretenses and a fake identity. I hate deception in romance books. HATE. I was done at that point but I wanted to know what happened. So I skimmed.
I learned that I was right to stop at the point I stopped. Deception sucks. I decided to give Dangerous Secrets two stars instead of one (or zero) because I DID skim to the end regardless.
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