I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This Year's Black by Avery Flynn
Series: Killer Style #2
Published by Entangled: Ignite on May 27th 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 211 pages
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A fighter since birth, Allegra “Ryder” Falcon would rather trade in her all-black wardrobe for head-to-toe hot pink than let anyone ever see the cracks in her tough exterior. But one night with a stranger changes everything.
Devin Harris may have given up his MMA fighting dreams for high fashion, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t always in control. So when someone embezzles millions under his watch, he isn’t going to let the private investigator working the case go it alone—even if she is the woman who blew him away in bed and then blew him off.
Just when it seems like it couldn’t get any hotter between Ryder and Devin, the case takes them to a tropical paradise where the danger increases. From the catwalk to the pineapple fields, they have to work together to track down the missing millions before the thief finds—and kills—them.
Ryder Falcon is the little sister to Tony, the hero in High-Heeled Wonder. She works for Tony as a forensic accountant at Maltese Falcon Security. Being the youngest of a large Sicilian family, Ryder has worked hard to make a name for herself. She’s good at her job but after a really bad relationship that she’s hidden from her family she doesn’t trust her own judgement anymore and have sworn off guys.
With the plan for a year of no commitment relationships and training inside a boxing ring she thinks she will be safe from being a victim again.
All the lessons she’d learned while sparring with Cam at Paulie’s Gym came into perfect focus. Keep your guards up. Don’t stop moving. Attack first. Hit hard and hit often. Aim to disable. Then get the fuck out.
This quote from This Year’s Black perfectly describes Ryder’s way of not only handling herself in a fight but it is also how she handles herself in her dating life.
That is until she shares one night with Devin Harris. The business name that’s gorgeous, well-built and tattooed. Oh and it’s awesome in bed. He so her type and that’s why she keeps running from him.
It’s refreshing to read a romance where the chick has the commitment issues and the guy is the one calling and wondering why she won’t return his calls. Don’t get me wrong Devin is no push over. He has over come his own family issues to become the strong and successful guy he is. So he’s an alpha male that happens to work in the fashion world. That just means he can apprentice the sexy high heels his woman is wearing when he is bedding her.
Not that Ryder wears heels. The couple could not be more different and yet similar. Ryder’s idea of fashion is wearing all black from last year’s line while Devin is dressed to the nine. But under their clothes they are both strong and carrying people.
While This Year’s Black is the 2nd in the Killer Style series by Avery Flynn you could easily read it without reading the first book, High-Heeled Wonder but I recommend both books to readers that enjoy their romantic suspense on the sassy side.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).