Hidden Prey by Cheyenne McCray
Series: Deadly Intent Series #1
Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Tori Cox, a talented and sought-after musician, heads back to her roots to a small southwest town in Arizona as she flees an abusive relationship. When she arrives she witnesses the execution of a federal agent by the head of the Jimenez Cartel. The drug cartel kingpin orders his men to kill Tori before she can testify.
Landon Walker, a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, rescues Tori from members of one of the most ruthless cartels in the world. He sets out to protect her, but soon protecting her isn’t enough. The fire between them makes him want her in a way that he’s never wanted another woman, despite his wounded heart.
Diego Montego Jimenez will do everything in his power to kill Tori, the young American woman, who threatens his business and family. No one lives to testify against the Jimenez Cartel.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and sexual assault.
Publisher's Note: This book has been previously released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Totally Bound Publishing.
I usually don’t have a lot of problems that other people have with romantic suspense. The fast romance doesn’t bother me because of the intensity of the situation the characters find themselves in. Hidden Prey was an exception to my rule.
Tori Cox is in a wrong place, wrong time situation. Leaving her home and boyfriend, all Tori wants is her mom. She takes a shuttle home to Bisbee because her car was in the shop. She’s let off the shuttle in the worst part of town and finds herself taking a shortcut through an alley. That’s where she witnesses the murder of a federal agent. She doesn’t know he’s a federal agent of course. Instead of being quiet, Tori screams at the top of her lungs. I wanted to throat punch her for that. I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt for that, but it was hard.
She literally runs into Landon Walker, who gives her refuge from the criminals. Landon has no idea that the case of her career has fallen right into his lap. When he learns it’s his undercover agent that was murdered, he knows that it was the Jimenez cartel and he finally has a witness to prove it.
Their attraction to each other was instant and intense. I just didn’t buy it. Tori had just left an abusive relationship about twelve hours prior to witnessing the murder. Then they’re getting it on in the safe house a day later. Who does that? I found myself mostly skimming the book, just wanting to finish it because I don’t like DNF’s. It wasn’t DNF material because the plot was good. It was just the problems with the relationship overshadowed the whole book for me. I didn’t even realize this was a series. There wasn’t a secondary character that stood out to me.
Rating: 3 out of 5.