Book 3, Dirty Players
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My job is to protect.
I’m the best, the king's elite.
She’s the only thing strong enough to make me look away.
Logan Hunt is a guard. He’s constantly aware of his surroundings; he searches and rescues. He’ll take a bullet.
His new assignment is to protect the queen regent, keep his eyes on her at all times. He’s more than up to the task...
Until a face from his past returns, and the one mission he’s sworn to complete becomes his biggest liability.
DIRTY DEALERS is an all-new CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC SUSPENSE featuring secrets, lies, double-crosses, angst, a touch of darkness, and panty-melting sexytimes.
Protect At All Times
What I’ve learned most from Tia Louise’s heroines in her Dirty Players series as well as her newest release, Dirty Dealers, is that in order to survive…in order to fight for what they have as well as who they need to provide for, there’s nothing they won’t do…even if that means getting their hands dirty in a way that they might not be able to recover from or might not be able to repay.
Kass Kroft has debts to pay and a brother to protect and because of those circumstances, she finds herself beholden to a man who wants to destroy innocent lives and use her as the tool to accomplish his evil plans. Like Zelda and Ava, Kass finds herself in an impossible situation because not only is she risking her own life in order to keep her brother safe, but she’s also putting herself in the path of THE MAN from her past…the one who still lives in her dreams…the one who she gave everything to…the one who now becomes a target in a deadly game that she has no choice but to play.
If there’s one thing Tia Louise has shown readers about Logan Hunt, it’s the fact that he was born to be a protector; with his strength, focus, and control, he’s able to outmaneuver the dirty dealers who look to benefit from the downfall of the noble family, but what he never anticipated was being played by the one woman who owned his heart six years ago and who he wants to give everything to again.
Tia Louise creates a necessary grey environment in Dirty Dealers; it’s not necessarily good versus evil when it comes to all of the players in the game; there’s nothing black and white about what Kass Kroft must do in order to make restitution to the devil himself. She has no choice but to carry out her orders, even though she knows it’s wrong, and she could wind up losing everything that she’s always wanted. It’s exactly due to her purity and tender heart that there’s a chance others will see who she really is and what her cooperation is/will cost her.
There’s definitely explosive chemistry between Logan and Kass when they reunite, and despite the years that have passed, even if dirty dealing put them in each other’s lives again, both are determined to protect the other as well as prove that what they felt all those years ago has never left their hearts or their bodies.
Dirty Dealers is quite the game of cat and mouse, and even though the main dealings pit the good guys against the bad ones, there are other variables to the game that are just as important to the end result, making both Logan and Kass’ assignments the events that will either solidify the bond between them or force Logan to deliver swift justice to the woman he can no longer trust.
Kass is not your typical heroine, which is exactly why I adore her. The way she tackles the obstacles in her way speaks to the type of fighter she is, and although she hasn’t made the best choices, her circumstances dictated her actions, and I can’t fault her for doing what she thought was best, even though it ends up taking her down a dangerous path because it leads her back to Logan Hunt.
Logan and Kass’ story is a sexy, suspenseful journey; I love the world Tia Louise created with her royals and those who protect them, and I can’t wait for more from these feisty heroines and sinful alpha males!
4.5 Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)
A thrilling & suspenseful second chance romance!
Dirty Dealers was a thrilling second chance romantic suspense novel. It was sexy, action packed, funny, and sweet all at the same time. This is the first book I have read by Tia Louise and is a spin off from the author's Dirty Players series. It does feature some of the same characters, but can be read as a stand alone.
I fell in love with Logan almost immediately. He was smart, sexy, strong, and understanding. His protective instincts and desire to make Kass happy were incredibly endearing. His history with Kass was both sweet and heartbreaking, and I hurt for him as he struggled to break down her walls. Cassandra (Kass) was also brave and strong, attempting to make lemonade from the lemons of her life. Yes, she makes mistakes, but for the most part, her choices are made to protect and help the people she loves most. I wish that she would have been more forthcoming with Logan, but I can understand why she hesitated. I also really enjoyed her friendship with Ava (although it got off to a rocky start) and was glad she had such a wonderful friend to rely on. The chemistry between Logan and Kass was amazing and I loved that they were so in tune with each other. Each kiss, each touch, each scent and smell was heightened and more meaningful. I loved them together and was rooting for them to get their HEA.
Although the story can be read as a stand alone, I did feel a little lost at the start since I was not familiar with the royal family/the characters from the Dirty Players series, especially Zelda. I didn't feel like it was a huge issue though, and so it did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. Overall, this was a sexy and suspenseful read and the epilogue left me grinning like a fool. :)
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book.*
Second Chance Love With A Twist
"When I think of love and happiness, you're the only face I see."
As part of the Royal Guard of Monagasco, Logan Hunt has seen his fair share of action. But he's ready for a change. When a week of enforced R&R finds him reunited with the one woman that he's never forgotten, Logan finally believes that he can have the life he wants for himself.
As part of the Dirty Players series by author Tia Louise, DIRTY DEALERS has all of the elements that make these books so addictively readable. There's the allure of a Grace Kelly sort of fairytale, where everyday people are swept into a life of favor, but there's also plenty of intrigue, political maneuvering, and good old passion.
Logan has long been a member of the elite Royal Guard, and, after the action he's seen in service to his country, he's more than ready to step away and find a simpler life. When a seemingly chance encounter brings Cassandra back into his life, Logan begins to believe that he can have all the things that he's been longing for while seeing those closest to him find their happily ever afters. But Kass has secrets, the kind of secrets that will thrust both her and Logan, as well as the Royal Family, right back into the middle of intrigue, danger, and betrayal.
As a fan of romances with a twist, I really enjoyed DIRTY DEALERS, finding the intricate dance of the characters more than compelling enough to keep me turning the pages to find the outcome of Logan's and Kass' story. And, just so you don't think that it's not a real romance, well, it wouldn't be a Tia Louise book if there wasn't plenty of heartfelt revelation and blisteringly hot passion. This 4-star read is the perfect addition to this series that has become a favorite, and is perfect for Tia's fans, and anyone looking for a little bit of danger with their HEA.