Monday, August 19, 2013

First Temptation by Joan Swan

Title:  First Temptation
Author: Joan Swan
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Covert Affairs #1.5
Release Date: August 2013
Main Characters: Taft and Zoe
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Counterterrorist agent Taft Walker knows the Mexican cartel smuggling game. But posing as part owner of an adult store to ferret out the newest tunnel into the US is a first. So is Zoe Brooks, his partner, new to undercover and a sex-toy virgin. Taft’s up for the sexy challenge. At least until he sees the real Zoe beneath her tough façade and realizes, for the first time in his life, he’ll have to risk his heart to win.

After the death of a teammate, Border Patrol Agent Zoe Brooks is ready to get off the front lines. She’s willing to tolerate a swaggering partner like Taft for a chance to work investigations with ICE. But she’s not prepared for the way he understands her deepest, sexiest desires. Or the fact that she’ll have to break her own rules to grab hold of the passion she’s always wanted.

My Review:
What a fabulous book. This is the second series I've begun that features ICE agents and I'm sold...I want more books featuring these incredible guys/girls.

This book starts off with an incredible, adrenaline-infused scene and I loved the fact that it was a scene featuring Zoe to show just how tough this girl is on the job. Wow! She's incredible. But then immediately, she is thrown into a situation with Taft and her boss, Rio, where she has to prove just how feminine and alluring she can be which is a little more intimidating to her. But this girl does NOT back down....ever! Between the two scenes I was sold. Joan Swan created an amazing character with Zoe....the perfect balance between the two sides. Ultra tough and self-reliant, but with just enough self-doubt to make it where you have to love her for her vulnerability even when (especially when) she's trying to hide it. 

Then there's Taft...the undercover agent who's not afraid to admit when he's wrong. Most alpha males in the opening scenes would get defensive or offensive, but he does neither. He backs down from Zoe with his hands in the air and admits he misjudged her. I loved that! Seriously, give this book one or two chapters and I promise you, you will not set it down again unless you have to. Joan Swan just set up the book perfectly so that it was entertaining and riveting. And that's before we even get to the fun part...the smexy part.

Did you catch that part above in the description that said these two agents are undercover as a couple running an adult toy shop? Yep, before they even got to the store, they had incredible chemistry, but once they were surrounded by erotic and sexual devices....OMG, this book SIZZLES!

Honestly, this book just has the best of all worlds. It's incredibly hot, has a fabulous suspense story line, you can't help but love the hero/heroine, and the story was fun and completely entertaining. I loved this book and cannot wait for more to come out in this series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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