A DANGEROUS KISS
Two longtime friends slowly falling in love is nothing new, but when one is harboring a personal secret, that love is tested before it even manifests. It’s heartbreaking to watch Summer and Sin do this dance, even though the reader doesn’t know why until the latter part of the book. That fact emphasizes the skill of the writing — you are kept intrigued until the author is ready to deliver the gut punch. It’s well worth the wait.
Even though Summer Radcliffe has known Payton “Sin” Sinclair for years, she is blindsided when she finds herself falling in love. It just so happens that Sin is experiencing those same sentiments. Once Summer accepts her feelings, she decides to explore them in spite of Sin’s reluctance. That’s the lesson in perseverance that he taught her, and Sin doesn’t stand a chance. Against his better judgment, he does follow through and they consummate their love. But the dark cloud over Sin is never far away, and the secret that he keeps could literally mean life or death. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jul., 304 pp., $7.99)