Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dire Distraction (A-Tac #7) by Dee Davis

As the commander for A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty, Avery Solomon is the best of the best. He'll stop at nothing to ensure the safety of his team, but when a mystery from the past resurfaces, he puts himself directly in the line of fire.

After years of covert missions, Avery harbors regrets that continue to haunt him. He still blames himself for his wife's death fourteen years ago-until an A-Tac operative finds a photo that suggests Avery's wife may still be alive. Determined to discover the truth, Avery heads deep into the hostile territory of Southeast Asia, ready for danger and violence-only to find himself captured by desire . . .

Wilderness guide Sydney Price never backs down from a challenge. She has her own reasons for wanting revenge against the men being hunted by Avery. Though she tries to deny her attraction to the tough, handsome warrior, the spirited Sydney soon finds him impossible to resist. Now she and Avery must work together to uncover the truth-and stay alive. But as the enemy closes in and old secrets unravel, the line between partners and lovers vanishes like mist in the jungle . . .

Type: Romantic Suspense
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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I really love romantic suspense. When I picked up Davis last year I was instantly in love with the way she wove the two together and pulled me into an action packed sexy read. So I was really excited to see another addition to the series. Unfortunately, Dire Distraction didn't do much for me.

Things kicks off with the A-Tac team discovering a recent photo of their team leader Avery's wife. The only problem is she died over a decade ago...or so he thought. His search for the truth leads him to Asia and to an undercover guide, Sydney--a woman he's undeniably attracted to and who will help him track down his rogue ex-partner and the answers he desperately desires.

There was nothing really wrong with Dire Distraction. It's well written. There's action, mystery and danger mixed with likable characters, a bit of sex and a scorching hot cover. But it was missing...something and just fell a bit flat and felt unfinished to me. There was never that 'wow' factor with either facet of the story. The romance felt like an afterthought and moved from meeting and escaping a few dangers to a night of sex and instant I love yous in a matter of days. The two were good together but felt more like team mates than a couple in love. And the suspense, while it had a couple make your palm sweat moments, led to an incredibly anticlimactic resolution and too many moments where the timing was just too damn perfect and lacked enough explanations to make things believable.

So, while I really do love Davis and her writing this one didn't do anything for me. If you adore the series, yeah, I'd say read it because it's a quick read and you'll get to see how things all come together in the end. But this isn't one I'd recommend for anyone new to Davis and the A-Tac series.

Have you read Davis? What did you think?
Do you have a favorite romantic suspense series?

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