DANGEROUS by Patricia Rosemoor: ARC Review

Posted January 12, 2015 in Reviews / 4 Comments

Patricia Rosemoor

Fans of romantic suspense will definitely love Dangerous, the story of a driven female cop who teams up with an irresistible ex-con to bring a killer to justice—and discovers that breaking the rules is hotter on the wrong side of the law. Read on for an excerpt and my review and follow the rest of the tour here.

DANGEROUS by Patricia Rosemoor: ARC ReviewDangerous by Patricia Rosemoor
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: January 6th 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 247
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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EXCERPT

Shortly after dawn, Camille entered the century-old building on Ravenswood, an industrial

corridor divided by raised Metra train tracks straight down the middle. Her life was now in

shambles, and guilt dogged her. Sandy was gone, and she was to blame, the reason she was here.

She had no other options left. Taking a deep breath, Camille took the elevator up to the third

floor and stopped in front of the door to Justus Investigations. She tried not to think about the

fact that Justus was Drago’s brother. Or that she and Drago had spent a mind-bending weekend

in a hotel room. At this moment, finding Sandy was the only thing that mattered.

The attractive dark-haired woman at the front desk appeared startled to see her. “Can I

help you?”

“I’m here to see Justus Nance.”

“Um, this early?” Frowning, the woman checked her computer. “I don’t see an

appointment.”

“He’ll see me.” At least she hoped he would. Justus had been her mentor in the

department when she’d applied to be a detective. “Tell him it’s Camille Martell.”

The woman picked up the phone, and a moment later, Justus opened his office door and

waved her in. “Camille, beautiful as ever.”

“You always were an expert liar.”

Justus didn’t deny it. Sometimes you had to be a great liar to get to the truth when grilling

a suspect. Camille had no illusions about herself. Her mirror had assured her that she looked as

crappy as she felt. On the other hand, Justus was as handsome as ever, an older, smoother version

of his brother.

The moment she took her seat, Justus said, “So Rodriguez put you on administrative

leave.”

She cringed when she remembered the conversation she’d had with her lieutenant the

night before.

“This doesn’t look good for you, Camille,” Rodriguez tells her. “You were off the case.

What you did was unsanctioned. I can’t condone vigilante action. The department won’t.”

“With all due respect, sir, I was trying to get to Angel before he had another chance at

some innocent woman.” Desperate to make him believe she wasn’t doing anything wrong, she

says, “If I’d have found him, you would’ve known about it.”

“When? After you carried through with whatever plan was going through that head of

yours?”

“The plan was to stop a murderer!”

“Exactly.”

Camille had tried to argue her way out of an administrative leave. It never boded well to

ignore a superior’s directive. She could almost feel the tears of frustration and anger again when

she had set her star and gun down on his desk.

REVIEW

Heart-pounding. That was my first thought four pages in. Know that feeling you get when you’re watching a movie and you just KNOW something bad is about to happen but the characters blithely walk into danger and you are left screaming at your TV as it happens? Yep, I had some of those moments too and I had to put down my kindle a few times because I couldn’t take the tension anymore.  Chicago homicide detective Camille Martell is consumed with tracking down “Angel”, a sexual predator who already has two victims to his credit even though her unauthorized investigation has led to her suspension. But when her attempts to trap Angel lead to the abduction of her teenage neighbor, Camille is forced to seek help in finding her before she is harmed. Help comes in the form of private investigator Drago Nance, the one man that Camille has never forgotten, the man who failed to call her after a passion-filled weekend four years ago.

Drago Nance spent the most explosive weekend of his life with Camille Martell and even though he promised to call her, life happened and he found himself behind bars and lost the opportunity to pursue the attraction between them.  Now she needs help and he is just the person to provide it and maybe get a second chance with her.

Ms. Rosemoor has written quite a complex character in Camille – driven, tenacious, by the book, obsessed with finding justice for victims and emotional about her cases which makes her very reckless. Her approach to life is black and white, no shades of gray in between, she  and she finds herself conflicted when in the course of their investigation, Drago gets information from people who walk on the wrong side of the law. Drago is not as complex as Camille, but comes with his own baggage. He had a rough upbringing and successfully avoided becoming a gang-banger. Now he has dedicated himself to helping people in his neighborhood stay out of the gangs and will gladly skirt the edge of the law for the greater good. He is dealing with feelings of inadequacy because he thinks that his stint in jail makes him not good enough for Camille and is also bitter because his brother failed to get him out of jail on time.

Camille and Drago are very different in their views but in the things that matter, they are very alike. Where Camille is impulsive, rushing headlong into danger, Drago is very cautious and often the voice of reason. However they are both protectors, driven by the need to see justice done. She is also very judgmental and quick to jump to conclusions (mostly not in a good way) and for most of the book, I was frustrated with her disregard for her own safety but the reason behind her obsession with justice makes her behavior understandable. The chemistry between these two was scorching and the constant flashbacks to that memorable weekend really upped the heat!  Dangerous was a great read for me, filled with red-hot chemistry and edge-of-the-seat tension, perfect for any fan of romantic suspense.

*ARC provided by publisher*


 

About Patricia Rosemoor

With 90 novels and more than seven million books in print, Patricia Rosemoor is fascinated with "dangerous love" – combining romance with danger. She has written various forms of romantic and paranormal romantic thrillers, even romantic horror, bringing a different mix of thrills and chills to her stories.

Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from RT BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she teaches Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing, credit courses at Columbia College Chicago. Three of her Columbia grad students and two students from other venues are now published in novel-length fiction.


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