Review: Dangerous Desire by Diane Escalera

August 7, 2011

Dangerous Desire

Author: Diane Escalera
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Lyrical Press
ISBN: 9781616502959
Date Released: July 18, 2011
Format Reviewed: epub
Source: Review copy provided by author.
Length: Nover (246 pages in epub format)
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Online blurb:
Sometimes you have to lose one thing to find another.

Sienna Diaz is desperate to find her missing beagle, no matter what it costs. She hires Cruz Santino, the best—and hottest—in the business. He’s an ex cop, dangerous on many levels, which comes in handy when all evidence indicates her beloved pet was snatched to use in a dogfighting ring.

Cruz will do whatever it takes to find Sienna’s lost pet, but he also wants results from the smokin’ hot attraction between them—and he isn’t above breaking his own hands-off-clients rule to get there. However, until he brings her beloved beagle home safely, he won’t have Sienna’s undivided attention…and affection.

Strong language, caliente sex, violence, and a dangerously hot rescue. (from publisher’s website)

My opinion:
Sienna Diaz is a divorced mother of a college-age daughter who lives with her faithful and much-loved beagle, Zola. After a day-from-hell, she returns home to find her home has been broken into and trashed and Zola is gone. Luckily her neighbor’s boyfriend is a cop and he refers Sienna to Top Dawg, the best in pet and animal recovery.

Cruz Santino is an ex-marine and ex-cop who has turned his crime fighting and investigative training skills toward a niche business of animal recovery. A pet lover, he’s determined to reunited pets and owners and, along with his brother Cole, he’s turned Top Dawg into the most successful business of its kind out there. All his energy has been focused on keeping himself and his german shepherd, Roman, in top shape and growing his business so he’s amazed by his instant attraction to Sienna. Not only does he vow to return Zola to her, he privately vows to explore this white-hot attraction between the two of them.

There are several things I really liked about Dangerous Desire. One was that it was a book highly centered around the main characters’ relationship with pets and how powerful that can be. The other was that I enjoyed the main characters, themselves. Cruz was really hot and I happen to love very buff men. Sienna had both strength and determination going for her, a nice mix and not at all TSTL or Mary Sue. I got a kick out of Roman, Cruz’s german shepherd.

Dangerous Desire could have benefited with a bit more critical editing, however. There were what felt like a few too many author plot devices and some aspects of the dog fighting and “pet detective” storyline that could have been better served with a bit of a broader body of knowledge.

The romance and sex portions of this erotic romance were well-handled and quite hot and the lightness of the plot built around dog fighting meant it was enjoyable as an erotic romance and a bit of a romp but not as much as a suspense story. Dangerous Desire was a nice escape from my day and, given that I’m a pet lover as well, I really enjoyed the animals and the fact the main characters were both pet lovers. I also appreciated Ms. Escalera’s inclusion of multi-cultural characters without making a presentation of it – the characters are who they are and they just happen to be multi-cultural. I really liked that aspect of Dangerous Desire.

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