Camped out at a resort bar in Fiji, CIA operative Ward Bennett may look like he’s on vacation but he’s really deep undercover, hunting a dictator on the run. Ward may be on the job, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for the sexy female bartender. That is, until she drugs him.
When Tasha Gregory discovers the hottie on the barstool isn’t who he pretends to be, her MI6 training kicks into gear, and she has no choice but to take him out. Problem is, Ward’s not an easy man to put down for long. More than once, his interference almost blows her surveillance operation—and her ability to keep her heart to herself.
As the situation heats up, these two must decide whether they can trust one another—and quick. Working together might just make everyone safer, but getting close enough for comfort … might just get them killed.
*Blurb from Goodreads*
Dimon is kicking off a new series with a sexy novella about a CIA agent on a mission who falls for a sexy MI6 agent who happens to be on a similar mission. It’s fun and sexy and full of delicious goodies!
Ward is a company man through and through, but he also sees how many other agents can be a PITA to work with. Finding out the sexy bartender Tasha is really an MI6 agent working the same case as him is proving to make his mission even more difficult. Especially since she hates working with CIA. But nothing will get in the way of Ward completing his mission, even the sexy Tasha.
Tasha hates working with cocky CIA agents, especially ones as sexy as Ward. Drugging him and proving her skills over and over is something she relishes in, especially as she shows him that she is just as good an agent as he is. Trusting him not to screw her over on their mission is hard for her, regardless of the fact that they’ll need each other to survive.
I really enjoyed the set up for this book and series from Dimon, and am looking forward to the others in the series. I loved the way Tasha proved over and over again that she could play with “the big boys” and that she was just as (if not more) capable as a field agent than any man. It was empowering and very fun to read as she continued to show Ward just how strong of a woman she really was.
I also really liked the way Ward had to struggle through the novella into accepted Tasha as his equal. As an alpha man, he almost needed to be shown time and again that Tasha wasn’t a delicate flower, and that she could stand on her own two feet in the field, regardless of how badly he wanted to coddle and protect her. I liked that he really had to fight with his own instincts at times when it came to seeing and treating Tasha like a partner.
Dimon did a fabulous job of setting up the series with the new joint task force that Tasha and Ward will be overseeing, and I’m super excited to read more about it. As we’ve already met the hero of the first book, I can’t wait to read all about his mission and the lucky lady who will win his heart.
All in all, I think Dimon has a wonderful first book in a new romantic suspense series. I can’t wait to read more and follow along as the series grows and develops. Ward and Tasha were a fun couple to start the series off. Their romance was quick and dirty and I thought it was a perfect blend of suspense and sexyness.
I give Running Hot a B