Rating: 3.5 stars
Publication day: September 13, 2016
Length: 214 pages
As the son of an international crime lord, Will Rivers only inherited one thing after his father died: trouble. The Pentasus organization deals in kidnapping and murder, and Will wants no part of the power grab that’s tearing leadership apart. But the only way he’ll be able to escape is with some help from his former bodyguard, Hunter Cain, whose sculpted body and brooding looks keep Will awake at night. Somehow, Hunter has resisted the tension between them . . . until, suddenly, he gives in.
As a German intelligence officer working deep undercover, Hunter has a very good reason to keep Will in the dark about his identity and his intentions. Although the sex is hot, Hunter’s true feelings are a growing liability. Now the only way to save Will from his old life is to push him deeper into danger. But when two strong men are each determined to protect the other, the heat isn’t just combustible—it’s a firestorm.
My View: The Talented Mr. Rivers is interesting, and it works as a stand-alone. I didn’t read Mr. & Mr. Smith, but it’s not necessary unless you want to know how a pair of secondary characters got together. The only reason I see it can be a problem is if you needed more information to get the opening scene from this book into context.
I liked the ideas behind this story. I just didn’t love them. The main character’s relationship is a good mix of smexy and sweet, and we get to experience it with them. Their possessiveness is sexy without turning into Alpha nonsense. The reader can see their attraction and how they friendship is the foundation of their HEA.
One thing that bothered me was the lack of setting and character development. We know they’re in Paris, that Will is British, and Hunter German, but there’s nothing that pointed to it other than Will affinity for tea. I needed a little more to get invested in them.
What I liked the most: Will’s personality.
I wanted more/less: More of a setting and tridimensional characters.
Who should read it: Fans of mobsters and crime stories.