Series: Special Investigations Group


SHADES OF TEMPTATION by Virna DePaulShades of Temptation by Virna DePaul
Series: Special Investigations Group #2
Genres: Suspense
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Published by HQN Books


Carrie Ward is a detective in California’s elite Special Investigations Group. She has always fought hard to prove her worth in a field filled with men. Carrie has never been shy about taking risks on the job but after she takes a bullet she starts rethinking her dangerous ways. Unfortunately, there is a serial killer out there who is going to force Carrie into taking more risks with the one person she has tried to stay away from.

Detective Jase Tyler has always been a wild one. He’s known amongst his SIG co-workers as Lothario with the ladies but there’s only one woman he wants his hands on lately. Jase has a thing for Carrie, as partners he should stay away from her but after almost losing her recently he is determined to make her see him in a new light.

Carrie and Jase race against time to find a vicious killer before he claims a new victim. As things get down to the wire the heat rises and it becomes clear that Carrie and Jase can only count on each other if they want to survive the killer’s dangerous web.

Shades of Temptation is an excellent murder mystery with plenty of sexual tension to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. After reading Shades of Desire I couldn’t wait to read Carrie and Jase’s story. It was obvious that these two were harboring some intense feelings for each other and if they ever had the chance to explore them things could be explosive. I was not disappointed. Shades of Temptation throws the reader into a tense chilling sequence right at the beginning and there is absolutely no way you can put the book down until you reach the end. Carrie and Jase keep things steamy with the passionate fire between them and the mystery surrounding the killer keeps the story moving at a fast pace. The Special Investigation Group series keeps getting better and better. With the climactic ending I cannot wait to read what happens next amongst this amazing group of characters created by Virna DePaul.

**2012 Review**


SHADES OF DESIRE by Virna DePaulShades of Desire by Virna DePaul
Series: Special Investigations Group #1
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by:Publisher
Published by Harlequin


Successful photo journalist Natalie Jones is suffering from a rare genetic disorder that causes vision loss. The day when she becomes totally blind is getting closer. A day at the farmer’s market while documenting the life of Plainville through her lens, Natalie witnesses far more than she even knows. Unfortunately, on that day pain struck and her vision was changed forever. Now all she can see are grey shadows and that makes it harder to protect herself when someone puts a target on her.

Special Agent Liam “Mac” Mackenzie is on the trail of a murderer. The clues lead him directly to the doorstep of the beautiful Natalie Jones. After she is attacked it becomes clear that she is somehow involved in his case. Mac can’t seem to control himself around the photographer. He is drawn to her in a visceral way. Never before has Mac felt the need to possess and protect so fiercely. Mac’s number one job is to find a murderer but protecting Natalie is rapidly becoming more important. While protecting his vulnerable witness he discovers more about the case and himself.

As Mac and Natalie search for clues as to why she was targeted, they get closer to a killer. Will Mac be able to protect Natalie from a killer she can’t see? Will Mac and Natalie find love while attempting to stay one step ahead of a killer?

Virna DePaul does an excellent job of creating vulnerable characters and enthralling plotlines in Shades of Desire. I love that Natalie is a blind woman not yet comfortable with her condition. Most novels that I have read where the hero or heroine is blind they are already acclimated to their condition, but here Natalie is still dealing with her feelings about becoming blind and she is learning how to live in the world as a blind person. I found this all very interesting and when you throw in the danger, it creates great dramatic tension.

There is excellent chemistry in Shades of Desire between Natalie and Mac. The reader can feel all of Natalie’s senses as she takes in Mac and her attraction to him becomes heady. I love the emotions that Mac goes through in the story. He isn’t keen on settling down after a bad previous relationship but you can feel the pull when he is around Natalie. These two balance each other extremely well.

Another thing Shades of Desire does really well is build up the secondary characters! I cannot wait to learn more about the other members of Mac’s team the Special Investigatiions Group. All of these characters are likable and sparked quite a bit of chemistry among themselves. I am eagerly anticipating what happens next!
Not only does Shades of Desire have outstanding characters but it also has one heck of a mysterious plotline. Ms. DePaul created palpable tension with her nefarious evil doers in Shades of Desire. I was disturbed and intrigued with her bad guys and I couldn’t wait to unravel the evil plot hidden in the shadows!

Shades of Desire is a modern love story built on rock-solid characters and plum writing skills! I will be anxiously waiting for the next Special Investigations Group novel!

**2012 Review**

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