Friday, February 28, 2014

Review: A.M. Hargrove's Tragic Desires

To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. This is a companion book to Tragically Flawed, where the hero, Drexel is introduced. And I hadn't read it. I did a quick scan of reviews through Goodreads and Amazon and it scored very good reviews. So I thought that I would give Tragic Desires a chance - and I am so glad that I did.

This was a great read. It's one of those books where you start and you really don't want to put it down. You'll skip making food, cleaning the house and sleeping to keep reading it.

The characters are well written and full of life. The plot is fast paced and filled with an intriguing story line. Tragic Desires has all the elements to be a great read. Despite the heroine, Gemini, with borderline dark thoughts, I really enjoyed her character although she was a little difficult to connect with to start. As you read more of her, the connection sparks and you can completely sympathizes with her and see her as a strong heroine. Gemini (what an awesome name) was a breath of fresh air. Drex is the perfect complement to Gemini - strong, alpha and unwilling to take no for an answer. He was easy to connect with from the first moment you meet him.

This book has it all - suspense, mystery and romance! The actual writing is also very well done and I found the tone and voice very smooth and intriguing. I would give this book 4.5 stars. The only thing that I'm not crazy about is the cover. That is not how I picture Drex, so it kind takes away from that perfect feel. I will be tracking down Tragically Flawed for a future read.

* I received an ARC for an honest, unbiased review.


My name is Gemini Sheridan. At least that’s what I thought it was for 23 years. Then one day a slight adjustment on the wheel of my mountain bike set into motion a series of catastrophic events that changed my life forever. Now I’m running from the headaches that threaten to destroy me… from the assassins that threaten to kill me… from the truth that exposes who I really am… and from the man that wants to save me. Because he now owns my heart and I fear him above all others.

My name is Drexel Wolfe and I’m a private investigator. Nothing ever stands in the way of what I want because when I see something I just take it. All of that changed the night my life collided with Gemini Sheridan’s and now everything is one hot damn mess. And the worst part of it all is that I’m trying to save her ass and I don’t know why the hell I’m even bothering. Well, that’s not exactly true. Fact is, I can’t stop thinking about her. She’s crawled into every thought I own, asleep or awake. I have serious plans for her that include making her mine. What she doesn’t know is that when I play, I play for keeps. Nothing and no one will get in my way or stop me… not even Gemini Sheridan herself.

Author Information

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life.  So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase.  Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had ├╝ber quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head.  Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window.  She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job.  Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include the following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing Fire (The Edge Series); The Guardians of Vesturon series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings); Dark Waltz and Tragically Flawed.

Other than being in love with writing about being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

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