New Orleans Finest - Book Two - by Mallory KaneAuthor: Mallory Kane
Genre: Category – Romantic Suspense
Length: 309 pages
Release Date: June 2012
Imprint: Dead Sexy
My rating: 5.0/5.0
From the first page until the last No Hero provided me with the taut suspense that I love in a romantic suspense book. The emphasis in this book is on the suspense, but don't let that fool you, there is definitely heat between Reghan and Dev and you feel it page after page. But what I felt most was the driving need to find out who the bad guy was and how the book would turn out. That is what kept me turning the pages.
Dev and Reghan are great characters. Dev had a flawed childhood and he's trying to make up for it now. Reghan's view of the world is skewed and she believes that there can be no heroes and everyone has something to hide. Add to this interesting chemistry the fact that these two have kissed in the past so there is some definite sparks going between them and you definitely have the romance heating up. But I liked each character on their own. Dev wants to do what is right and he cares. Reghan is trying to do what she thinks is right but learns through experience about caring for people. It makes a great story right there with just their experiences, but it's not limited to that.
Then Ms. Kane adds in the extraordinarily plotted suspense storyline. Who is killing the boys that Dev is getting off the streets. You think it's obvious who is pulling the strings, but who is actually doing it? That is the question that haunted me through the reading. And wow, Ms. Kane can take you on quite a ride in a little less than 200 pages. A lot is packed into this book and it is very hard to put down. The thrills and chills keep coming until almost the very last page where things are tied up nicely. No complaints here at all with how the suspense was handled, especially for a shorter book. Ms. Kane doesn't waste time, she jumps right in and then gives backstory when it's necessary and it works really well.
Suspense that is spine-tingling mixed with romance that sparks is a great mix and No Hero has it in spades. I loved this book and can't say enough. As one of the books launching the Dead Sexy imprint for Entangled Publishing I know I will be checking out more of this line and I will also be checking out more of Ms. Kane's work. I'm not sure how I missed her in the past, but I will make sure to rectify that situation soon.
About No Hero:
A darkly handsome New Orleans detective who insists he’s no hero is blindsided by his one-time lover, a sexy investigative TV reporter who exposes his secret troubled past to the whole world…and nearly costs him his job. When the at-risk teens he mentors start turning up dead, his vow to protect the other kids hits a major snag…his only clue to finding the determined killer is held by the one woman he never wants to see again. Compelled to work together to solve the vicious murders before another child dies, their passion reluctantly reignites, and their mutual mistrust slowly turns to respect as she realizes there’s much more to being a hero than outward appearances, and his deeply wounded heart gradually opens to the possibility of love.
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***I received this book from the Entangled Publishing for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free. ***