[652]: The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon

The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon
Series: End of the Line, #2
Source: Publisher via Net Galley
Loveswept | September 13th, 2016
Adult Fiction | M/M Romance | Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

As 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.

I couldn’t be happier to get an email notification from Loveswept that this book was available for request on Net Galley. I became an instant fan of Ms. Dimon after reading the first book of this series, Mr. and Mr. Smith. I was easily swept away by her suspenseful and sexy spy novel filled with the type of he-man characters I love reading about in an M/M romance. I knew I had to get my hands on Will Rivers’ story as soon as it became available because the glimpse of what was to come at the end of the first book was nowhere near enough. This book will not be out until September 13th, but heck, letting it sit in my iPad unread is just too much a temptation for someone like me.

We met Will Rivers and Hunter Cain in the first book. Hunter is a member of a German secret agency working with the CIA to stop The Pentasus organization from selling more weapons and secret agents to terrorists. In the first book, Hunter was playing Will’s bodyguard. Being the heir to a dangerous family who has enemies left and right puts will in a constant precarious situation at all times. He needed someone to keep his ass on the line and Hunter was more than happy to provide that for him.  Will and Hunter’s interactions, though, limited was explosive in the first book. And at the end of Mr. and Mr. Smith, Will and Hunter got separated. I was dying to see the reunion between the two.

So we opened this book with Hunter tracking the elusive Mr. Rivers. The reunion was as heated as I’d expected it to be. I knew that they were bound for a head on collision. The sexual tension that has followed them from the first book exploded in the most glorious way! But with the organization still on Will’s heels, and with another weapons group vying to marry into the family, the danger was far from over. And even though Hunter can protect him to the best of his ability, he would do everything to give Will a chance to get his old life back as a carefree student in the States. More than anything, he wanted Will out of the life and the legacy of his family. The couple has a lot of problems to work through, but it was fun seeing them face the issues together. In some way, they’re like the pairing from the first book: tormented with the decisions they’ve made with regards to their relationship.

We also see the return of the CIA motley crew – to my delight. They are as every bit sarcastic and hilarious as I remembered them to be. Ms. Dimon was so efficient in bringing these characters to life. Their personalities clash and meld in perfect synchronicity. This installment was pleasurably fun, sinfully sexy, romantic, and suspenseful in every sense of the word. As much as I’d loved reading this installment way ahead of its release, I’m a little sad I have to wait forever and a day for the next one.

  • Umm, this sounds WONDERFUL. For some strange reason, I’ve never read M/M adult romance books. Too much fantasy and YA on my mind probably. This series will definitely be on my list though!

  • Ooh, this sounds HOT Joy, HOOOOOT! I love books with that intense sexual tension, it makes for a brilliant storyline and the romance doesn’t overwhelm. I like the sound of the secondary FBI characters actually, that lighthearted banter always helps break up the intensity. This sounds so incredibly sexy Joy, do you have to have read the first book to really get into the series? Wonderful review! <3

  • Awesome review sweetie 😀 YAY for enjoying this one a bunch. <3 And for loving this author too 🙂 Thank you for sharing about this book. Seems so awesome 😀

  • I love it. I read the synopsis and already I thought – this is the kind of romance that has a building tension which makes it all the more better when things do finally happen. So I’m gonna have to check this one out for myself now :3

  • Suspenseful is always good 🙂

  • Melliane

    I’m not a big M/M reader but it’s great to see you had such a great time!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I really loved the first one too, so I’m so excited you enjoyed the second in the series! I have this on my Kindle as well, but I’m TRYING to read all my books in order. haha


  • I’ve been meaning to pick up more M/M romance, and this sounds right up my alley!

  • I have read HelenKay Dimon before and liked her writing but I have to admit that I would love to pick up one of her M/M romances. It sounds like this one was really well done. Great review!

  • Oh nice. Between you and Maja I will have a huge library of M/M romance! 🙂 Plus, the only thing I hate about getting ARCs is that you have to wait so long for the next book! *sigh*

  • Aw, they sounds like a fun couple! Glad you enjoyed this 🙂

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Ooh, I’ve recently been getting into M/M romances so I’m definitely adding this to the TBR! Will have to check out Mr. and Mr. Smith (which is an adorable title!) as well! Thanks for the rec, Joy!(:

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    Ohh, I remember how much you liked Mr. and Mr. Smith and I was SO determined to read it, but I guess I got sidetracked by one million review copies. I’m off to Amazon to buy it now, and I’ll get this one while I’m at it.

  • Joy, you can’t say “he-man” with “by the power of Greyskull” going through my head. Lol. Nevermind. This sounds delicious!And I do love a sarcastic group.