Dangerous Curves by Karen Anders

dangerous curvesTitle: Dangerous Curves

Author: Karen Anders

Mills & Boon imprint: Blaze

Year of publication: 2009

The heroine: DEA agent Rio Marshall

The hero: FBI agent Max Carpenter

The blurb:  FBI agent Max Carpenter is assigned to protect irresistible DEA agent Rio Marshall. They’ll be whisked away to Hawaii – for security purposes, of course – for sun, sand and plenty of hot, sweet sex…

What Max doesn’t know is that Rio has been assigned a task of her own. A task that will require using every asset in her considerable arsenal. But nothing – not even fear for their lives – can keep them apart for long….

Standalone or series: Part of the Undercover Lovers series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I have mixed feelings about this book. On the whole, I enjoyed it – it had plenty of action and hot sex. I liked Max immensely, but didn’t feel the same about Rio (and her name, honestly, made me think of Duran Duran every time I saw it!). Max is assigned to protect Rio, who is apparently being targeted, but she’s been told it’s really to keep him out of the way. Max is pursuing a known felon called the Ghost, because one of his sisters was almost killed by the Ghost, and he wants to capture him. However, the DEA apparently has an undercover agent infiltrating some Colombian drug lord’s smuggling operation which is linked to the Ghost and Max is jeopardising that, so Rio is supposed to keep him occupied long enough for the DEA to take him down.

It doesn’t take them long to get it on. They go straight from meeting each other to the airport, where they’re being hidden away in Hawai’i (if I ever need to be hidden away, I hope it’s in Hawai’i!), and on the plane they make out in the bathroom. Uh huh. Once in Hawai’i, they head to the beach and have sex. They’re all over each other throughout the entire book. I know the relationships in M&B books tends to happen pretty quickly, but they’ve literally known each other for hours.

Anyway, I can go with that, because the sex scenes were hot and they do end up falling in love, but here’s what didn’t work for me: Max has twin sisters whose names are Allie and Callie. Really? Allie and Callie? I get that twins can have rhyming names/names that start with the same letter, but…. no.

There was also a minor Australian character called Thad (no, I have never met another Aussie called Thad – that has always been an American name to me), and he’s apparently a walking cliché. He only has a few lines, but every single one of them had me cringing. For the record: no, we do not call women ‘sheilas’. No, we do not say ‘true blue’. Ugh. I’m glad he was only in a few pages.