Series: CIA Paramilitary Operatives

It’s Dangerous! In the Arms of a Stranger by Virginia Kelly

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It’s Dangerous! In the Arms of a Stranger by Virginia KellyIn the Arms of a Stranger by Virginia Kelly
Series: CIA Paramilitary Operatives #1
Published by Entangled: Ignite on October 28, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 269
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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A dangerous man on the run…

Wounded and accused of treason, CIA operative JP Blackmon is on the run from his own agency and desperate to clear his name. When he finds out his old partner is dead, he’ll do anything to get to the truth...including using his partner's widow.

A vulnerable woman looking for answers…

Abby Price wanted nothing more than a family and a safe home. But her late husband kept big secrets from her—secrets that got him killed and have government agents watching her every move. Fearing for her life, it seems the only man who can help her is a mysterious stranger who suddenly appears out of nowhere. But can she trust him?

Together they discover a passion worth dying for.

As danger stalks them at every turn, unexpected passion flares between JP and Abby. But the last thing either wants or needs is more complications. Romance? No. Way. That would involve trust—something neither is willing or able to do. But in the end, sharing their deadly secrets is their only hope for survival…their only hope to hold onto the love they’ve just begun to share…


Quick Summary
CIA operative JP Blackmon is wounded, on the run and has finally made his way to his former partner’s (Wade Price) home to confront him, to get him to clear his name. What he finds is his widow, Abby, who in the moment needs his help pretty desperately. She also wants answers that only he can provide so they, for now, have a tenuous partnership.


The mystery
JP doesn’t know if Wade set him up or was also a victim of a horrible treason perpetrated on both of them. Abby wants answers and doesn’t know if she ever really knew her husband. As the search for JP intensifies, it’s impossible to know who to trust and how to follow Wade’s trail of clues. Abby’s pretty sharp and isn’t aware of what she may know that’s helpful. JP is a highly trained operative who can take care of himself but can’t solve this without her.


The romance
You expect in this genre for things to heat up more quickly given the heightened state of excitement and adrenalin flow. JP and Abby are no exception and both really fight their attraction, he because his lifestyle is pretty problematic and she because he’s virtually a stranger who hasn’t earned her trust…yet. But, spending days on end together on constant alert seems to kill all of those concerns. Yes, it was a short time but these two really got to know each other. I liked how their relationship developed.


The bottom line
The story was pretty well balance between the romance and suspense with a tiny nod to the love story. Abby’s son was also very charming and added to the plot. The tension ebbed and flowed but when it was up, it got my blood boiling. It’s a very good story with an exciting mystery and strong romance. I was able to figure out the villains early on but there were a hosts of surprises that kept things interesting. I’ll be reading more by Kelly as she spins a good tale.





About Virginia Kelly

Her first story involved a mouse that hitched a ride with Paul Revere. She was eleven. A bit later and a bit more organized, dreams of romance (and happily ever afters), adventure, and danger came together to produce To the Limit, her RWA Golden Heart nominated novel. Her books have been nominated for several awards including the Holt Medallion, the Golden Quill, the Aspen Gold and the National Readers Choice Awards. She writes about dangerous heroes (sexy, gorgeous ones, of course!) and the adventurous women willing to take a chance on them.

An academic librarian, Virginia is a native of Peru and lives in Florida with her family.