In the Caribbean for his best friend’s wedding, ex special-ops officer Ryan McLean meets a beautiful woman in the hotel bar. Their connection is immediate and intense, and they spend a passionate night together with pleasure as their only goal.
But when Ryan wakes the following morning to discover the beautiful woman vanished–along with millions worth of jewels from the safe of the Saudi prince staying next door–he realizes he was duped. He becomes determined to find the mystery woman and bring her to justice…if only he could forget how explosive their chemistry was.
A notorious thief known as the Dragonfly, Mariana has only more more job to do until she can retire, but the sexy-as-hell Marine she spent one sultry tropical night with is hot on her heels at every turn. She has to outwit him to stay out of jail, but fighting their magnetic attraction soon becomes a game neither one of them can resist.
When Mariana’s last job goes dangerously wrong and she needs Ryan’s help to survive, he has to decide if their game of cat and mouse is only a game, or if he can trust this beautiful thief with something no woman has ever stolen: his heart.
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Oh my word this one is full of fireworks and I enjoyed every moment.
The characters and the suspense in this book make it one of my favourite romantic suspense reads for the year. I was interested in checking out JT Geissinger’s backlist after reading Wicked Sexy but this story sealed the deal!
The characters are awesome; especially Mariana. I loved all the nuances that came together to make her a formidable heroine. Her backstory is heartbreaking and unfortunately mirrors very real life scenarios of displacement and exploitation. How she holds that heartbreak close yet pulls strength and determination from it as well, shows the depth of her courage. Her physical skills are pretty impressive too… I always like the female cat burglar type… in stories anyway!
Ryan is a great hero to read. He’s cute and sweet in the boy next door kind of way, but don’t be fooled. There are exceptional intuition and analytical abilities hidden behind his baby blues. He immediately sees Mariana for the real person shadowed by her false identities. I loved the banter between them and how they try to side step each other. In the end they only end up entangled more than they ever knew was possible.
The best part is possibly the plot twist at the end. I didn’t quite see it coming. I suppose, there were hints but ouch! It was great and had me swiping the pages in a frenzy.
There were a couple areas I think could have been more fully fleshed out. I’d have liked more insight into Ryan’s family tragedy and what really moved him to enlist. Also, what ever happened to the FBI’s plans for bringing in the big fish? What did Mariana do with her unwanted ‘gift’ at the end?
Those issues would normally get me to take off at least one star but I really enjoyed this book. I felt fully invested in the characters and their romance and the twists were very entertaining.
Overall, a fast-paced, engrossing, steamy read with entertaining dialogue throughout. I give Wicked Intentions 4.5/5 super hot espresso shots.