Friday, September 6, 2013

Unwrapping: DANGEROUS ALLY by Michelle Grey

I’m always excited about new authors …okay, maybe they’re not always new, but they are usually new to me! Well, Michelle Grey is NEW! She’s an amazing woman who, after surviving a run-in with cancer decided to fulfill her lifelong dream to be a romantic suspense author - very much a woman after my own heart. I was very excited about reading her debut novel, DANGEROUS ALLY.

***eCopy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.


Lacey Jordan is expecting dinner, and hopefully, an engagement announcement. Not her own, of course. After two serious screw-ups, she's all but sworn off relationships. When she arrives at her father's house to celebrate his future happiness though, he's nowhere to be found. As the hours pass, the worst scenarios Lacey's mind can conjure send her rushing into action. However, reality proves even more frightening as she discovers that her father's recent scientific breakthrough is one that people would kill for. To make matters worse, the source of the information is the one person she'd hoped to never see again. Caleb Mansfield, her father's former protege and her former lover, needs Lacey's cooperation, and the very trust he'd stolen years before. But Lacey can't be certain if Caleb's working with her or against her. Running out of time, she has nowhere else to turn. As the trail leading to her father narrows, Lacey becomes a target, risking her life to save him. Too late, she understands that with Caleb back in her life, she's risking her heart as well.

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When Lacey Jordan arrived at her father’s home for a regular dinner evening, she expected him to announce his engagement to the woman in his life, Mona Nicholson. The last thing she expected was to discover Bill Jordan was missing. He’d simply vanished and no one had a clue as to where or why.

Caleb Mansfield had thought he’d actually take some time off when his boss, Roger Cantwell, ordered him to relax. He hadn’t expected to find himself mixed up in a search for his old friend, mentor, and father of the woman he let get away. It was possible that he held the key to why Bill Jordan was missing but he, just as Lacey and the police, hadn’t a clue as to who was behind it.

So, the mystery deepens. Lacey worries, Mona frets, and Caleb attempts to make sense of everything, including his feelings for Lacey, and her undeniably cold shoulder attitude. Insisting on staying around to sort out the many possible suspects, Caleb appoints himself Lacey’s round the clock protector. Of course, he’s also hoping to wear down her resolve and get her to trust him. Just as she had, once upon a time, one summer long ago when they were in love.

DANGEROUS ALLY by Michelle Grey is a delightful second chance romance infused with a mystery that will keep you guessing all the way, right up to the reveal of the bad guy behind it all. The mystery starts slow, which isn’t always a bad thing, but soon begins to simmer as more suspects begin to surface. Michelle handles the mystery part of this story so well that my mind had nearly everyone named as the culprit, at least once.

Her characters are charming, sneaky, downright despicable, and believable in all the ways that matter. The only problem I had was that she had developed a secondary story that at first I thought was important but once the connection to the main mystery was severed, I felt it was no longer needed. Too much time was taken up with this aspect of the book and began to feel like filler. I would like to have seen more action pertaining to the mystery and the constant danger that Lacey and Caleb were in rather than drawing my attention away with something that could’ve been wrapped up in less time.

Overall, DANGEROUS ALLY by Michelle Grey was a great read minus the secondary story. I highly recommend reading this edge of the seat, mind-teasing mystery built around a second chance romance that will keep you captivated and cheering them on. I’m looking forward to Michelle’s next book with eager anticipation – there’s a teaser for her new one at the end that will definitely hook you.

Happy Reading Everyone!

DANGEROUS ALLY by Michelle Grey, Lucky 13 Unlimited via Amazon Digital, available in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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