Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon

The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon

Out: September 13th

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryAs the son of an international crime lord, Will Rivers only inherited one thing after his father died: trouble. The Pentasus organization deals in kidnapping and murder, and Will wants no part of the power grab that’s tearing leadership apart. But the only way he’ll be able to escape is with some help from his former bodyguard, Hunter Cain, whose sculpted body and brooding looks keep Will awake at night. Somehow, Hunter has resisted the tension between them . . . until, suddenly, he gives in.

As a German intelligence officer working deep undercover, Hunter has a very good reason to keep Will in the dark about his identity and his intentions. Although the sex is hot, Hunter’s true feelings are a growing liability. Now the only way to save Will from his old life is to push him deeper into danger. But when two strong men are each determined to protect the other, the heat isn’t just combustible—it’s a firestorm.


The Talented Mr. Rivers is the second book after Mr. and Mr. Smith, which I loved. I was very excited to be accepted to review Mr. Rivers after highly enjoying the story and relationship in Smith. While this book focuses on a new couple, you still get to see the two men behind Smith, which is always fun in companion novels.

As for Mr. Rivers, this book is about Hunter and Will Rivers, who both appear in Smith, though Hunter far more. This book, though, takes place soon after the end of Smith so you definitely should read both to really get to know all the key players and how that leads to the story line in Mr. Rivers. Hunter is part of a German organization who has infiltrated the Rivers family, believing them to be involved in really evil and bloody work. While pretending to a bodyguard, he eventually meets the youngest Rivers sibling, Will, and finds himself immediately attracted.

Neither Will nor Hunter act on their feelings until Mr. Rivers and it's definitely steamy. There is plenty of sex scenes and sensual moments between the two men, but there is also much more to the story, which I appreciate. Two people are after Will, and neither care too much if they have to kill him in the end. Hunter is trying to bring down the operation the Rivers family runs, but he's also still immensely attracted to and starting to care for Will, so he wants to keep him safe. The two men have many secrets between them, though Hunter has the most, as he knows more about Will from his job than Will knows about him. For example, Hunter is not his real name. That's a small thing compared to everything else, but it's something the two have to work through, especially in the middle of a serious operation.

Again, I don't want to go on too much about the specific details. Just know that this is a sexy, fast-paced, and action-filled novel! Highly recommended!


Melliane said...

Oh it's great to see you had such a great time! I didn't know about this one

Erika Sorocco said...

Now this one sounds scandalous - I love the addition of the crime storyline {always fun!}.


Joyous Reads said...

Oh, I love these books! I'm glad you did, too, Lauren. :)

kimbacaffeinate said...

I like the undercover aspect of this..and have never read a German undercover op before...great review!

Kindlemom said...

Glad this was such a good second book to the series and I love that about series that change characters too, when we get glimpses of past characters. ;)

Adriana Garcia said...
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Adriana Garcia said...

Not really my thing but I do like that their relationship is complicated so they'll have to go through a lot to be together.

Claudia Arroyo said...

It sounds like a great story with complex characters! I'm glad you are enjoying the series :)

The Bibliophile Babe said...

It sounds fantastic!

Emily Alfano said...

This sounds great, but I'm even more interested in the first book in the series! Mr. and Mr. Smith sounds really good and to be honest I love any books that feature gangs/crime so the concept of this crime lord sounds good! I love intense books like that!
I'm glad you enjoyed the second book as much as the first! great review!
Emily @www.rabbitholereviews.com

Karen Alderman said...

I was kind of disappointing int he first book. I was expecting something more sexy and fun but I think I will enjoy this mow that I know what I'm getting into.

Karen @For What It's Worth