Review by Gillian: Dirty Deeds, HelenKay Dimon

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Dirty Deeds HelenKay Dimon

Dirty Deeds, by HelenKay Dimon
Series: Dirty, Book One
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: August 8, 2017

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

summary

No dirty deed goes unnoticed in a seductive game of cat and mouse. But for Alec and Gaige, the wrong move could get them killed.

Alec Drummond didn’t make his billions by playing nice—or by playing much at all. When it comes to pleasure, Alec only has time for whatever’s quick and easy, which is exactly what he gets from his company’s hot new computer genius. But Gaige Owens isn’t some pushover. He pushes back, and it’s giving Alec a rush. The question is, could Gaige be the one who’s leaking trade secrets? Just to be safe, Alec keeps him close at hand . . . night and day.

Gaige never thought he’d roll over for a man like Alec again, but who could resist sex this mind-blowing? Then there’s the draw of Alec’s mysterious side: his cutthroat ambition, his covert CIA connections, and the murder in his past. For Gaige, a deeper look proves an irresistible temptation. But when Gaige and Alec are stripped of their defenses by an unseen danger, everything they don’t know could bring them closer together—or tear them apart. Only one thing is certain: Before it’s all over, someone’s going down.

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M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Romantic Suspense
Contemporary
Enemies to Lovers
Insta-Lust

Although this book was slow to start, this enemies to lovers story picks up near the halfway point and kicks it into high gear.

Gaige is a computer expert (read: hacker) who has been reluctantly brought in by an interested party to investigate a possible security breach of Alec’s million dollar seed vault business. While neither Gaige or Alec are on board with this arrangement, Alec decides the only way to make sure Gaige isn’t selling company secrets is to keep him as close as possible, going so far as to install Gaige in his own home. Naturally, sparks fly despite the fact that neither man trusts the other. But when it looks as though someone wants to keep them from discovering the truth, they’ll have to rely on one another to prevent a global crisis from occurring.

The best part of the first half of this book was learning about seed vaults, which I knew absolutely nothing about but apparently do exist. But the story does take a little time to get going and feels just a bit dry. When the action starts, though, it begins to take off and becomes infinitely more enjoyable.

While a few of the characters here are from the authors Tough Love series (including Seth, a snotty, arsehole of a CIA agent), this can definitely be read as a standalone. There were a few instances where I felt like I was missing a piece of the story – specifically how Gaige ended up having to work with Alec – but it didn’t impact my overall enjoyment. Mostly, it just made me want to go and read Guarding Mr. Fine.

Despite the strong second-half, though, I’m giving this a 3.5 star rating for the rather uninspired beginning. If you can make it through that, you’ll find that this ends up being a rather good book.

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HelenKay Dimon is a divorce lawyer-turned-romance author. After dedicating years to helping people terminate relationships she now writes romance novels full time. Her books have earned praise, appeared on bestseller lists, won numerous awards and twice been named Red-Hot Reads and excerpted in Cosmo. She sometimes writes erotic romance, sometimes writes romantic suspense and sometimes writes contemporary romance. But no matter what she’s writing her books are always filled with smart banter and sexy times, and a HEA is guaranteed.

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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