Friday, September 25, 2015

Unwrapping a Review of PLAYING DIRTY, a Bad Boys Undercover novel by HelenKay Dimon

I am a huge fan of action-suspense so when HelenKay Dimon introduced us to the Bad Boys Undercover series in the novella, RUNNING HOT, I fell in love with these guys. Inspired by the amazing Cinemax series STRIKE BACK, this series is hot, hot, hot! PLAYING DIRTY by HelenKay Dimon continues the action, suspense, and down and dirty sexy bad boys!

***Print copy given to me by a friend, who I thank profusely for allowing me the delight of reading this, and so I’m sharing my honest and unscripted review.


As an elite Alliance agent—the joint undercover operation of MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, and the CIA—Ford Decker lives for the adrenaline. But when he befriends sexy property manager Shay Alexander in hopes of finding her cousin, a known national security threat, Ford crosses the line, getting to know her better . . . in bed.

After being burned by her last relationship, Shay wants to take things slow. Yet she can't keep her hands off the drop-dead gorgeous hottie who's moved into her apartment building. So when Ford's identity as an undercover agent is exposed, his betrayal cuts deep. Shay never wants to see him again, but Ford can't let her go, not when her life is still in danger. He will sacrifice everything to protect her, then be prepared to walk away from the only woman he's ever loved, even if it breaks him.  

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Shay Alexander hasn’t had the greatest luck with men and with an overprotective uncle, sometimes family can be more of a hindrance than a help so when a gorgeous tech savvy guy moves in across the hall, she’s not overly excited about taking their hot off the intro sex every night relationship out into the open. Not that it really matter since Ford always seems to be on call and out of town so traditional dating isn’t really in the cards but he is damn sexy and she wouldn't mind showing him off a bit, even if she is becoming more curious about what he does and where he goes.

Ford Decker – he’s hot, he’s sexy, and he’s dangerous. Working for Alliance means he has the opportunity to do some good, keep folks safe, and not have to get bogged down by too many rules but what he hadn’t counted on was having to get close to a woman he found himself wanting to be overly close to. He was only supposed to being watching Shay in case her cousin, the man Alliance was looking for, made contact or if he saw evidence she was involved in her cousin’s theft of a dangerous toxin, but she was too hard to resist. Now he’s watching her from the pillow beside her own and he hates that he has to lie to her every minute they are together. When things get hotter, and a mole is suspected, Ford has to risk everything including what he has with Shay to stop the bad guys.

Okay, I will say right off the bat that I had hoped for a little more STRIKE BACK styled action like we got in RUNNING HOT. But PLAYING DIRTY by HelenKay Dimon was still a thrill ride a minute whether Ford and the Bravo Team were out in the field or Ford was messing up the sheets, or getting naughty on the kitchen floor with Shay. The suspense created is carried over from the mission to the one on one with Shay and it worked so well. My gut told me that Shay had no idea what was happening around her but HelenKay still managed to make me wonder. I admit, I had the bad guy figured out long before he was revealed but waiting for it was part of the fun. The secondary characters in this series play as important a role to each of the books as the main characters. Getting inside Ward and Tasha’s heads and getting their take on Ford is as much fun as it was in RUNNING HOT. The give and take and slam back that exists between the members of the Alliance teams is definitely as good as anything on STRIKE BACK, and that’s one of the main reasons I love this series.

I can’t wait to read the next one, FALLING HARD, book 2, already available, and then FACING FIRE, book 3, coming next week. I guess I’d better catch up and so should you, if you haven’t sampled these amazing Bad Boys Undercover. I highly recommend PLAYING DIRTY, book one of the Bad Boys Undercover series by HelenKay Dimon to anyone who, like me, loves some gritty, down and dirty, shoot-em up, men acting like macho men, action suspense, and hot dirty sex that will have you fanning yourself and wishing for one of these sexy bad boys for yourself.

Happy Reading Everyone!
And in case, you don’t know what STRIKE BACK is…here’s a sample along with the amazing theme song from this incredible series, sadly heading into its last season. Enjoy!

PLAYING DIRTY, a Bad Boys Undercover novel by HelenKay Dimon, Avon Romance, available in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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Lover Of Romance said...

I just received this in the mail from a blogger friend, so I can't wait to read it especially after your review. I do love it when secondary characters play a important role in the story.

Amy Valentini said...

Fabulous, Lover of Romance, I hope you enjoy it. Ford is one sexy man! I'd love to hear what you think of it, so I'll watch for a review. Thanks for coming by. xo