Feelings kill faster than bullets.
That is Drake’s creed. A legend, a renegade, a ruthless, powerful enigma understood by no one and feared by all, Viktor “Drake” Drakovich heads up a billion-dollar empire—and shows no mercy to the many enemies who would stop at nothing to destroy him. He is a man with no love and no weakness, until…
Grace Larsen takes Drake’s breath away the first time he sees her—and quickly becomes his obsession. Never before has he burned for someone the way he desires this hauntingly beautiful artist who is plagued by troubling dreams. He aches to possess her, to protect her, to carry her to new heights of sensuous arousal and rapturous release.
But entering Drake’s world means becoming a target—for relentless, bloodthirsty foes have been eagerly waiting for him to expose his weak spot. And the price of their passion may be their lives.
Dangerous Passion is the third book in Lisa Marie Rice’s Dangerous series and the forth book I’ve read by her. Dangerous Passion is also the first book I read using my Scribd trial. As of today this book is on sale at Kobo for $1.99.
As I’ve read three Lisa Marie Rice books previously – I’m pretty familiar with her M.O. Rice’s heroes – so far – are almost all ex-military (usually some type of Special Forces) or military trained and filthy stinking rich. The heroes are also normally…very large – they are tall, they are muscular, they have big penises and big hands. They are typically very self-possessed and in control of their mind and body at all times – except when it comes to the heroine. The heroes are all obsessed about the heroines to the point of stalker-ish behavior. They are all extremely possessive of the heroines as well. Typically something in the heroes’ past makes them feel unworthy of love or “dirty” in some way – and the heroine make them feel clean again.
Rice’s heroines are all typically Mary Sues who everyone loves (except for the villains), they are all very small – often to the point of being “tiny,” they are almost all beautiful with blonde or red hair (but more special!), they are gentle and kind. The heroines are never really afraid of the heroes although other people are.
These are just the things I know before going into a LMR book. But damn, for some reason I tend to get a kick out of them!
Dangerous Passion is a typical Lisa Marie Rice book. The hero, Drake, is a billionaire gun supplier who has lots of enemies so he has no romantic relationships – he just has sex occasionally. The heroine, Grace, is a reclusive artist with no family, friends or lovers.
Drake is obsessed with Grace and has been for over a year. He buys all of Grace’s paintings and he stands in the alley to stare at her when she drops her work off at the gallery. For over a year, every week Grace drops off paintings and every week Drake is outside and standing in the shadows. Stalk-er!
Until the day one of Drake’s enemies show up. Drake grabs Grace and takes her with him – for safe keeping – to his fortress-like building. The majority of the book takes place inside of Drake’s private apartment. During this – I want to say the entire book takes place in one week – time Grace falls in love with Drake (though she had insta-lust as well). While this IS insta-love – Lisa Marie Rice’s insta-love works and works well. She has a way of making you believe in the love that the characters have for each other…in fact, I think I’d rather call this “love at first sight” instead of “insta-love.”
I dropped a .5 star because Grace never once asked Drake what he did – she only wanted assurances that he wasn’t a drug dealer. That really bothered me – Grace’s best friend is killed and she had a gun held to her head…and this is BEFORE they [Drake & Grace] were shot at with incendiary rounds. I’m sorry, but that kind of violence requires a bit of an explanation.
The ending is…very unrealistic but contains some pretty good action. LMR does romantic action very well, to be honest. And the epilogue was adorable (and super unrealistic) and I liked it.
So. Dangerous Passion is very much a book that features a rich, dominate and Alpha hero with a more docile and tiny, beautiful damsel-in-distress. There is insta-love and insta-lust but LMR makes it very believable.
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