Review: The Danger of Desire by Elizabeth Essex

Title: The Danger of Desire
Author: Elizabeth Essex
Release Date: November 2011
Publisher: Brava
Genre: Romance
Rating: 4 Hoots
Reviewer: Krystal

An Unlikely Partnership and an Uncontrollable Desire. . .
Naval Captain Hugh McAlden is accustomed to taking on deadly, high-stakes assignments--and being rewarded handsomely for his success at them. But to accomplish his latest mission, he'll need someone more inconspicuous among his own ranks. Someone like the larcenous beauty who just relieved him of his pocket watch under his very nose. . .

Meggs Tanner's livelihood--as one of London's stealthiest thieves--depends on her remaining un-tethered and unnoticed. But when she is caught by an icy-eyed Scottish officer with an unusual proposition, she sees a chance to escape her life of crime forever. Ever wary, she accepts the job even as she plots her exit strategy, ready to cut and run at a moment's notice.

But as Meggs and Hugh come nearer to the danger of their shared mission, thoughts of betrayal and distrust begin to dissolve. . .overshadowed by a passion worth any risk. . . (Goodreads)

Meggs doesn’t seem as if she is the nicest or even most likable character, she is a thief. However, the reader will begin to form a connection to her later in the story. When she picks the pocket of Naval Captain Hugh McAlden, she's picked her last pocket. He catches her and ever enterprising, she decides maybe she could leave her life of crime behind.

Sometimes, Meggs accent will throw the reader off, it is a tad overdone. Her character is rather rough, but fits her "job" and her outlook on life. She can be sarcastic and tough, but she can be sweet and funny too. Hugh's character is easy to like, for the most part. He comes off as brave, charismatic, and handsome. The reader will be able to see the relationship developing between the two characters; this isn't one of those odd instant-love books. The other characters are not so focused upon but the reader will enjoy meeting most of them.

The author does a great job creating suspense and tension before the characters truly fall in love. The love scenes are passionate and somewhat believable. The problem is the plot, the reader will have a hard time reconciling some of the plot points at the end of the novel...they are pretty unrealistic. The author does a great job pulling the reader into the book and describing the setting and characters. This book is recommended to adult romance readers.

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