Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Dangerous Passion
Author: Bonnie Dee
Series: Wyatt Brothers #2
Hero & Heroine: Micah Wyatt & Gina Torrio
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 164 pages
Release Date: January 14, 2015
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Gina Torrio is trying to break her addiction to bad boys with wounded spirits and dysfunctional pasts. Micah Wyatt is a flirt and a player, a little naughty but with no real harm in him. Gina thinks they might have a simple, no-strings fling without endangering her heart. But as animal attraction and flirtatious friendship blossom into sincere affection, neither Gina nor Micah knows how to deal with the depth of feeling growing between them.
Micah prides himself on keeping women at a distance. For the first time, he wants to draw one close and never let her go. In an intimate moment, he tells Gina a secret from his past. He has let someone in at last, but will she be willing to stay after learning about his shady business dealings?
When Micah’s criminal connections bring danger that threatens their fragile love, will he find himself abandoned by the woman he trusts?
Dangerous Passion is the second book in The Wyatt Brothers series (trilogy?) and features Micah Wyatt and Gina Torrio. We met both Micah and Gina back in Blind Passion where they had that one disastrous double date with Leah and J.D. (Remember: Micah is J.D.’s older bar owning brother with the cheesy pickup lines and Gina became close friends with Leah while working as her temporary care staff.)
Gina has a history of falling for the wrong guy and Micah is known for being a player, plus Micah hasn’t exactly been the most upstanding business owner. There are so many reasons why a relationship between Gina and Micah will never work, but there is an attraction simmering between them that neither of them can ignore.
I’m just going to say this and make it known that I haven’t read many M/F contemporary romances over the past handful of years. It’s not my preferred genre at all but I really like Bonnie Dee’s work and have been a loyal fan for a few years now. I think the BIGGEST thing that is keeping me from “clicking” with this series is the alternating first person POV writing style that seems to be the new trend with New Adult romances. To successfully pull this style off, there must be TWO distinct character voices…and I just didn’t “hear” the differences between Micah and Gina. Yes, it’s obvious when the POV changes because each time it’s clearly labeled “Gina” or “Micah”. But I still lost who was “speaking” more than once while reading the story since they “sounded” the same.
I was really excited about the pairing of Gina and Micah together since I initially suspected it in the first book and I love when a heroine puts up a good fight. I loved how they eventually became friends first and it was a while before they jumped into bed, but the problem was I never really felt the passion and connection between them. Was it the alternating first person POV writing style that hindered that? I don’t know. When they finally “hooked up” it was steamy and hot, but I never felt that urgent and I-can’t-exist-without-you need that I like to feel when I read a romance.
It was nice seeing Leah and J.D. again. Gosh, I just adore J.D.! I would have liked to see more of Gina and Micah as a couple out in the open and among friends, but the bowling party at the end was great!
Micah’s big screw up was a bit over the top, and I never felt the danger of it…even while the big climax at the end was happening. Maybe it was just too predictable, but I liked how it finally worked out in the end. Plus, I found that I was more interested in Jonah.
Yes, we finally get to meet Jonah, J.D. and Micah’s older and mysterious brother. Now, THAT is the brother I’m most interested in! Can’t wait to get his story next in Guarded Passion.
Overall Impression: I Liked It
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*