Lisa Marie Perry
One More Night With You (The Blue Dynasty #5)
Kimani Romance / February 23, 2016 (print) , March 1, 2016 (digital) / $6.50 print, $4.99 digital
Loving him is a dangerous job…
Former DEA agent Josephine de la Peña loved Zaf Ahmadi once—and she's got the bullet scar to prove it. No wonder she holds a grudge against her hacker ex. But now, just as Joey's preparing for a new job with the Las Vegas Slayers, Zaf reappears, insisting she's in danger. The sexual pull between them is still as intense, and liable to hurt more than any gunshot.
Even if Joey could forgive him for the botched drug bust that got her injured, Zaf can't forgive himself. Obsessively hunting for the criminals who killed his cousin warped his judgment. To protect Joey, he suggests he pose as her boyfriend. As long as he can keep emotional distance, he can keep her safe. Until the case presents him with a choice: pursue the vengeance he craves—or try to turn one smoldering night into so much more…
In Lisa Marie Perry’s Blue Dynasty series she has crafted a family that could rival those found on any primetime soap opera. The heroine in One More Night With You isn’t actually a member of the Blue family, she’s Charlotte Blue’s best friend, Josephine “Joey” de la Pena – a former DEA agent whose undercover work hit the skids when a bullet shattered her leg, leaving her with the permanent need to walk with a cane. However, just because she’s not a Blue, doesn’t mean she cannot get shanghaied by them. She should have known a steak dinner at her favorite Las Vegas restaurant was too good to be true – especially when Marshall and the formidable Temperance Blue basically railroad her into investigating their football team for suspected drug dealers and users.
Joey is my favorite kind of heroine. Sassy and tough on the outside but with an inner vulnerability that makes you want to give her a big hug.
The relationships she’d severed, the victims she couldn’t save, the men she’d come to for sex but had hurt eventually – and the man who’d devastated her – they’d all been causalities.
She’s talked a big game and walked an even bigger one, only to have her life shattered when a man she was falling for put the devastating bullet in her leg. Zaf Ahmadi, a Black Ops hacker who was working undercover with Joey in the hopes of bringing down the criminals that murdered his cousin. Unfortunately he wasn’t entirely honest with Joey about his motives and she pays the price by taking that bullet. Zaf reminds her of all those vulnerabilities she’s been pretending don’t exist.
“I carry part of you with me wherever I go. I had two surgeries because I wanted you out of my body. But you can’t be extracted.”
Joey’s way of coping with Zaf being back in her orbit is to fake it until she makes it. Our girl talks a big game and gets in more than her fair share of verbal zingers – like during the aftermath of their steamy reunion (in a library!):
“This works out nicely for you, Zaf. You betray me, hide for five years, thwart my attempt at something new with a guy who hasn’t single-handedly destroyed my universe and I get you off anyway.”
This is a romance about a heroine who is a card-carrying member of the emotional walking wounded. The scars Zaf left run deep and he’s back in her life in a bid to protect her from a Big Baddie that has ties to the Blue’s football team. Zaf couldn’t protect her once before and he’s determined to not make the same mistake twice. The question is, will Joey stop running long enough to accept what Zaf is offering? Rome wasn’t built in a day, and Zaf has to find a way to crack Joey’s tough exterior wall and make up for a past that he’s regretted every day for the last five years. But hey, he’s a romance hero. Certainly he’s up to the task.
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