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
Published by: HarperCollins
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Gifted, Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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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…

cliffhanger Law ROMANCE SUSPENSE

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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About Tess Diamond

Tess Diamond is a romantic suspense addict with a taste for danger – & chocolate cake. She lives in Colorado Springs with her law enforcement husband, two kids, and ferocious Jack Russell guard dog. She always dreamed of being an FBI agent, and now she almost is – if watching 24 reruns and plotting her next novel counts.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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56 Responses to “Dangerous Games by Tess Diamond”

  1. 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. 😀

    • 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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.

    Jonetta (Ejaygirl) recently posted: Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology
  3. 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…

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  4. 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

  5. JoLee

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

  6. 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.

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