Published by InterMix on January 16, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Sexual Content: graphic sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
An undercover mission exposes hidden longings in the irresistible paranormal romance series from the New York Times bestselling author of Mating Needs.
The Alpha League Federal Agency’s sworn duty is to protect humanity from the worst of the paranormal universe. Wolf-shifter Agent Bryon Day has been deep undercover for more than a year, investigating a human trafficking ring, when he goes MIA. Since A.L.FA. never leaves an agent behind, a team is sent to save him—or bring his body home.
FBI agent and ace cryptographer Kari Tomlin is selected for the rescue task force. Under the ruse of a ditsy tourist, she searches an ancient European city for Agent Day. When she learns he’s locked up in the palace’s dungeon, she plans a covert jailbreak. Together they risk the dangerous, booby-trapped tunnels below the city for freedom…and a chance to discover if this really is a mate bond growing between them.
DANGEROUS MATING is sort of like the "Goldilocks" of paranormal romances. It's not too dark, serious, and complex but also not super light, fluffy, and silly. It's just right in the middle which is great to have in a genre. The plot is fast-paced and action-packed- filled with moments that keep you constantly on the edge of your seat yet infused with enough levity that things never get too dark.
There were some far-fetched bits in this book that even the fact that this book has shapeshifter in it (so weird stuff is to be expected) it was sort of a stretch to believe. For instance, Kari had an accident when she was younger that suddenly gave her super math and cryptography skills which explained some curiously impossible abilities in the first few pages but the reason for getting the ability was sort of vague and didn't make too much sense for me. I ended up having to just imagine that she always had awesome math skills because the book reason was not convincing enough for me.
Aside from not being 100% behind the origins of Kari's savant-like skills, I enjoyed her adorable geekiness which matched perfectly with Byron's equally adorable geekiness. I loved seeing her try to figure out the 'puzzle traps' as her stumbling and adorableness helped ease the tension of imminent doom they were facing. Their romance was like the kind of story where two characters are stuck in a locked room and get to fall for each other through a shared experience. Except this locked room ends up being a tunnel of death and it was fun to see them grow quickly together as a couple and team through solving puzzles and trying to survive imminent death. I also liked that they each accepted the bond quickly which skipped all of the drama of convincing each other that they are meant to be. That left room for them to solve the puzzle traps and get to know each other while doing so which led to sexy moments and fun banter.
DANGEROUS MATING is a fun death-defying journey with an adorable couple who are equal matches in geekiness and intelligence. I had a fun time reading this book and it worked well as a standalone story without having to read the previous two books in the series.Series Titles:
- Elemental Mating 1/5
- Mating Needs