Genre: romantic suspense
Feelings kill faster than bullets.
That is Drake's creed. A legend, a renegade, a ruthless, powerful enigma understood by no one and feared by all, Viktor "Drake" Drakovich heads up a billion-dollar empire - and shows no mercy to the many enemies who would stop at nothing to destroy him. He is a man with no love and no weakness, until...
Grace Larsen takes Drake's breath away the first time he sees her - and quickly becomes his obsession. Never before has he burned for someone the way he desires this hauntingly beautiful artist who is plagued by troubling dreams. He aches to possess her, to protect her, to carry her to new heights of sensuous arousal and rapturous release.
But entering Drake's world means becoming a target - for relentless, bloodthirsty foes have been eagerly waiting for him to expose his weak spot. And the price of their passion may be their lives.
Drake is not your typical hero, he is an arms dealer, a ruthless man who takes no prisoners. He has killed and murdered since he was a young boy on the streets of Odessa, and he has made himself into the powerful man he is. A powerful man with lots of enemies and rivals who want to take him down and take over his business.
And then there is Grace Larsen, a gentle sweet woman and a great artist. Once he sees her work, he becomes fascinated by it, and then by the artist herself. He knows he cannot have her, but he admires her from a distance. Until his enemies find out and he can barely save both their lives. He can’t leave her then, she would be killed in a heartbeat, so he takes her home with him. But whom can he trust? Someone must have told his enemies about this habit of his…
I loved this book. I have been meeting Lisa Marie Rice in Berlin for 3 years now out of 4, and this is the first full length novel I have read. I am very sorry I haven’t tried her books before, but I thought they would be too hot for me. They are not. Sure, there are lot of hot sex scenes, but it is the romance itself that is so very captivating, those two lonely souls finding each other and bringing out the best in the other. For her, he will remake his life and start over again, for her, he will risk everything he is and has. For him, she will give up her freedom just to be with him.
I read a short sequel to this book a few months ago, and loved it, and after reading this book, it is even better.
This is one of the best romantic suspense books I have ever read, the perfect mix of romance and suspense and danger. With an alpha male hero, and the woman who changes him. Most books are more unbalanced, with focusing more on suspense or more on romance, or with lots of sex but not really romance.
I loved it to pieces, and will read some more of Lisa Marie Rice’s books soon.
© 2015 Reviews by Aurian