Blog Tour - Playing Dirty by HelenKay Dimon - Review & Giveaway!

Playing Dirty
Bad Boys Undercover # 1
By: HelenKay Dimon
Releasing Jan 27th, 2015
Avon Romance

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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My Review

 4 Stars!

After reading the novella that starts this series, Running Hot, I jumped at the chance to first full length novel in the series.  I have always enjoyed a fast paced, exciting romantic suspense and this story did not disappoint.  As with most romantic suspense stories, there were more than a few things that happen in this story that go beyond realistic but I was more than satisfied with this highly entertaining novel.

Ford is an Alliance agent, which is similar to a CIA agent.  He often finds himself in very dangerous situations and frequently works undercover.  He is tasked with the assignment of trying to get information from the suspect's cousin, Shay.  The book opens with Ford already working on his undercover assignment - Shay.  

Shay works as a property manager for her uncle.  She has started seeing the new tenant and is unsure of their status, but starts to let Ford into her life more and more and time passes.  Not only does Shay have a new man in her life to worry about, she is incredibly worried about her cousin who she has not heard from recently.

This book had a lot of action and excellent pacing.  I really liked Shay a lot and thought she was an excellent character.  She doesn't try to pressure Ford into any kind of relationship and is willing to accept what he has to offer.  Ford's character changed depending on his role.  I loved Ford's personality anytime he spent time with Shay.  I didn't like the fact that he spent a lot of time misleading her but that was part of his job.  When Ford was on the job, he seemed tough, competent, but argumentative and not quite as likable.   

I liked the chemistry between Ford and Shay.  It was obvious that Shay had become much more than a job quite early in the book.  I thought the story was well written and I absolutely loved the scenes with Ward and Tasha.  I would recommend this book to fans of romantic suspense.  I can't wait to read the next installment in this fast paced series.

I received a copy of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.

Author Info

HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce attorney turned full-time romance author. Odd transition, right? She has sold over thirty novels, novellas and shorts to numerous publishers, including Kensington, Harlequin and Penguin, Samhain, Carina Press, and HarperCollins. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named "Red-Hot Reads" and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. But the best part of the job is never having to wear pantyhose.

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  1. Thank you for hosting today!! Excited to get started on this one!

    1. Thanks for letting me be a part of the tour! This was such an exciting book.


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