Undercover Agent steals Thief’s heart in Against the Dark by Carolyn Crane

Posted July 22, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Undercover Agent steals Thief’s heart in Against the Dark by Carolyn CraneAgainst the Dark by Carolyn Crane
Published by Carolyn Crane on April 21, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 202 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Amazon | B&N | Goodreads


Angel Ramirez left the safecracking game five years ago, and she’s worked hard to make amends and build an honest life. But when a beloved aunt is kidnapped, she must reunite with her girl gang to acquire the unique ransom: Walter Borgola’s prized diamonds. It’s a simple job that turns into a nightmare, thanks to a surprisingly clever—and searingly sexy—security guard named Cole Hawkins.


Cole is one of the Association’s most brilliant agents, under deep cover investigating a ruthless killer. He’s also running out of time: hundreds will die if he doesn’t stop the plan Borgola’s set into motion. Catching Angel is the break he needed--he promises not to turn her in if she poses as his lover and uses her unique talents to unlock the sociopath’s dungeon vaults.

But as pretend passions turn real, Cole regrets drawing Angel into his deadly game…and danger is closer than either of them could ever imagine.

Quick Summary

Angel Ramirez is an interior designer with a past. She’s been a retired safecracker and jewel theft for about five years now but her old friends from her gang days needs her help so she is sucked back into the life for one last job. Cole Hawkins has been working undercover for The Associates, a kind of black ops group that uses any means to take down the bad guys. Cole and Angel meet while working the same party and their passion starts with a bang.

The romance

The lust between Angel and Cole is front and center from chapter one. The two are forced to work together and their lust quickly turns into something more. Even though Angel has very reason to hate Cole she can’t stop thinking about the sexy man and Cole can’t take his eyes off the lovely Angel.

The suspense

Wow. What a slime ball Borgola is. He’s the evil of the story and anyone that kidnaps children and plans to feature them in his snuff films is one bad mofo you don’t want to cross.

Angel and Cole have to be very careful not to end up in one of Borgola’s films!

The bottom line

Crane’s writing a great and I can’t wait to see where The Associates take me next. I recommend Against the Dark to romance readers looking for a few thrills mixed with their sexy times.



About Carolyn Crane

Carolyn Crane is a RITA-nominated author of romantic suspense and urban fantasy. She also writes erotic romance about bank robbers as NYT bestselling Annika Martin. She makes her home in Minneapolis with her husband and two cats.

Find Me


Owner/Blogger at The Book Nympho
I coexist with my husband of 15 years, our 11-year-old son and two chilled cats in the Deep South.

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).
Find Me

Latest posts by Jennifer (see all)

5 responses to “Undercover Agent steals Thief’s heart in Against the Dark by Carolyn Crane

  1. I REALLY like this series. A lot. The series improves even more with the second book (which is my favorite). It’s a great series to enjoy!!