In Walked Trouble
by Christina Elle
Under Covers #2
Publication Date: July 31, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Suspense, Contemporary, Romance
With a deadly target on his back, DEA agent Luke Calder’s plan is to drink away his impending demise. Except instead of getting blessedly drunk, in walks a woman with a much deeper story than she’s leading on. And he definitely wants to know more. Especially when he learns she might have intel he needs. He’s not cool with lying to her, but desperate times call for desperate measures. And what starts out as simple surveillance turns into so much more.
Cassandra Stone is having a bad night. Her boyfriend’s been cheating because she’s not “adventurous enough” in bed. So, she does the next logical thing—she goes in search of a dark, dangerous one-night stand. Instead, she finds smoldering eyes, deep dimples, and the killer smile of a guy who won’t leave her alone. Damn him. He says and does all the right things, making Cass believe that good men still exist. Until she learns why he took an interest in her in the first place.
In Walked Trouble is passion, heartache, and strength at its finest. Fired up with danger, secrets, and a romance that burns like the sun on the hottest day, this is a perfect combination of action and lust that keeps you flipping pages until you no longer can. And even then you burn for more; more of the hilarious bantering characters, the flames that threaten to burn the pages with their passion, and the thrilling danger of fighting bad guys. Unable to put it down, I devoured this addicting tale in a single sitting!
This was such a fun, quick read because of the narration and what the author presents to us. Cassandra and Luke alternate between POVs and it makes reading this tale so much more engrossing as we feel from both sides instead of merely one. We get the bantering, the actions, the emotions, and we get the connection. Seeing so deeply into both of them allowed us to get to know secondary characters (Ash, Sam, Reese, Tyke) and the danger Luke is hiding from. This makes a perfect balance of telling readers what we need to know without dumping everything all at once. And it makes it so much easier to be invested in the tale when we uncover little parts at a time, like pieces to a puzzle.
Not to mention, the characters weren’t dull or similar to each other. All had unique voices, loud personalities and they all played a role in the novel, making each feel important and needed instead of merely there. Yes we don’t see a whole lot of the secondary characters, not like the depth of what we see from Luke and Cassandra, but they still easily have their own personalities that flow off the page and make reading more fun. We, as humans, tend to like getting to know new people. This book gives us that without piling information on us, making characters seem like twins, and showing us the dynamics between them all. This book is about Cassandra and Luke, but it’s also about family, and Luke’s team is the family he can’t live without, no matter how odd they may seem together. Full of strength and unwavering loyalty, readers will not want to step away from this world where so much is treasured.
What I adored most of all however, is Luke. He is so caring, and he treats Cassandra so well. He gave her confidence, let her speak her mind and not once did he put her down for it. He was angry that her ex ever let her feel so uncomfortable in her own skin, making her feel like she can’t talk about anything that matters to her. Luke understood her desires, her passions, and he encouraged her. He let her speak, he wanted her too. And he respected her choices. Honestly, he’s pretty close to perfect. If I ever have a man, I want him to treat me like Luke does Cassandra.
Overall, this is a lovely book that will make you feel so much and in so many ways. The loyalty, family, and passion that infuses each chapter will keep you wanting more. I recommend giving it a try.
ABOUT CHRISTINA ELLE
Christina believes that laughter really is the best medicine, which is why in her stories she blends a healthy dose of hilarious hijinks with gritty suspense.
When she’s not writing fun contemporary romance or quirky romantic suspense, Christina can be found devouring books in every genre, watching Chris Hemsworth on TV, playing board games with her family, working out, checking out Chris Hemsworth on Facebook, napping, stalking Chris Hemsworth on Instagram, and shopping…for Chris Hemsworth’s latest DVD.
Christina lives near Baltimore with her husband and two sons, who give her an endless supply of humorous material to write about.
She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Maryland Romance Writers.