Dangerous Games by Tess Diamond

March 24th, 2017 Kimberly Review 56 Comments

24th Mar
Dangerous Games by Tess Diamond
Dangerous Games
by Tess Diamond
Series: O’Connor & Kincaid #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Gifted, Publisher
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In Tess Diamond’s gripping debut, when an elite negotiator and a security expert team up to solve a kidnapping, the only thing higher than the tension is the heat . . .

Maggie Kincaid left the FBI two years ago and didn’t look back . . . until now. A senator’s daughter has been abducted, and the nightmare set in motion isn’t just familiar to Maggie, it’s personal. She’ll need all the help she can get to bring Kayla Thebes home alive—even if that help comes from a hot-as-hell ex-soldier who plays by his own rules. . .

For Jake O’Connor, negotiation equals weakness. But he’s immediately drawn to the sexy former agent who epitomizes strength. It isn’t long before he and Maggie are working together 24/7, learning to read each other’s signals and wanting much more.

But for Maggie and Jake, letting their guard down—even around each other—may be dangerous. Now, as they close in on a kidnapper with nothing to lose, their first mistake could shatter a young girl’s last chance…

SUSPENSE ROMANCE cliffhanger Law

Avon Romance gifted me a copy of DANGEROUS GAMES by Tes Diamond, and as soon as I read the blurb, I knew I had to read it. Diamond delivered a gripping FBI thriller with strong characters and a touch of heat. I devoured this novel in one sitting and cannot wait for more of the O’Connor & Kincaid series.

The story opens with Maggie Kincaid running for exercise.  As her mind wanders we get a look into her troubled past and life as an FBI hostage negotiator. Maggie left the FBI, two years ago, after losing a young girl. Diamond very quickly connects the reader to Maggie and provides a suspense element when her former mentor asks her to assist on a high-profile abduction.

We meet Jake O’Conner a former Army Ranger who now works in security for Washington’s elite. He has been brought in to handle the security detail and advise the senator. Right away, I liked the banter between O’Conner and Kincaid. Reader’s will enjoy the delicious undercurrent of chemistry hidden behind posturing and snark. Immediately I looked forward to seeing it unfold.

The kidnapping case in DANGEROUS GAMES had all the making of an episode of the hit TV show 24. Twists, turns, coverups, corruption and more. I was enthralled as we pulled together clues and witnessed a partnership form between O’Conner and Kincaid. The story was well written, and each thread brought us one step closer. Diamond provided suspenseful moments while keeping an air of believability.

Diamond did an excellent job of peeling back the layers of Maggie in this novel. She is quite brilliant and driven to excel based on her traumatic background. There is an overall ARC to the O’Connor & Kincaid series that deals with answers Kincaid is seeking. While the kidnapping case wraps up, we are left with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger. I cannot wait for the release of book two.

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56 Responses to “Dangerous Games by Tess Diamond”

  1. Lover Of Romance

    oh I was very curious about this one, and I like that it has many similarities to 24 (one of my favorite TV shows). I definitely will up this one on my list…I love a good thriller romance.

  2. Leona

    With a great production behind it and a great narrator this would be an awesome audiobook! I’m not a huge fan of 24 but I do love the storylines that it came up with, so you have definitely grabbed my attention with this review.

  3. MarthaE

    This does sound good. I like strong romantic suspense. And a book that resolves the current plot but leaves an open character question is an okay cliffhanger. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  4. JoLee

    I love cliffhangers. I know not many are fans of them. I will have to checkout good banter and romantic suspense I enjoy.

  5. Genesis

    Gahhh don’t tell me there’s a cliff hanger! I have this one for review so I was going to start it soon but a cliffie?! I really hope the sequel comes out soon then. I’m so glad it was a good novel since I haven’t really seen reviews for it. Lovely review!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

  6. Uma

    Romance and suspense together is so awesome! I little worried about the cliffhanger but the story intrigues me all the same! Great helpful review Kimberly! 🙂

  7. RO

    I’m a sucker for FBI or Secret Agent suspense novels, so this is definitely one I plan to check out. Your review is right on point, as always! Happy Saturday, Kim. Hugs…

  8. Jeann

    All the twists and turns and the relationship between the two definitely make for an exciting read! Lovely review Kimba!

  9. Angie

    Great blurb. I do love a good romantic suspense, especially with a heroine who feels she has something to prove.

    Great review!

  10. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

    Great review! I read this when she independently published this as three separate books and was über impressed by her storytelling. There wasn’t a cliffhanger that I remember but it’s been awhile. I’m thrilled she found a publisher and there’s more to come.

  11. Debbie Haupt

    Wow as soon as I saw 4 cups and debut I added this to my wish list then I read your review and it went right on my pile. Thanks to my local book pusher 🙂
    But I’m tempted to wait for book two because, cliffhanger, so much waiting 🙂 great review Kim

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hehe..you would enjoy this Debbie. The cliffy hanger is for the overall story arc and made you want the next book but not dying, if ya know what I mean.

  12. Cyn

    I’m always up for some romance suspense! This sounds like great fast-pace read to keep you on your toes! I’ll definitely keep this in mind. Awesome review, Kim!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The cliffy which left me dying for the next book, has to do with answers the heroine is seeking and I am sure will be an overall story arc.

  13. Silvia

    You know I enjoy romantic suspense, and this sounds like a pretty good debut novel! Thanks for reviewing it, I hope it won’t be long before you get to read the next instalment 😉

  14. Melliane

    Oh that’s nice, it looks like a good new series there! I would be curious to see what you think of the sequel

  15. Maureen Beatrice

    This sounds like a great read Kimberly. I’m definitely going to add this one to my TBR. It really sounds like this book has it all.. Suspense, romance, action. Awesome!

  16. Geybie's Book Blog

    I love kickass heroines. I think I’m gonna love Maggie but I’m not so sure with the cliffhanger, though.
    Awesome review, as always, Kim. Thanks for sharing. I’m gonna wait until the series is complete. 😀

  17. Vanessa

    I love suspense especially if there’s romance added to it and this sounds great Kim. Awesome review 🙂