I love a tortured hero and feisty heroine as long as they are written well and that’s exactly what I got with Dee Tenorio’s latest book Convicted. This was my first experience with Ms. Tenorio’s work but it definitely won’t be my last! This story had a fast moving plot that kept me reading, a couple that I could get behind and great secondary characters. It appears from her website that this may be the start of a series and I certainly hope that’s the case!
Sheriff’s Deputy Cade Evigan is a former marine that agrees to help his war buddy out and clean up his town. A vicious motorcycle gang is terrorizing the locals and although he is still carrying around some serious emotional baggage from his time in the marines, Cade is unable to turn his back on his friend. Suffering from panic attacks and a case of rage, Cade keeps his head down and focuses on the job. He doesn’t need any distractions and that includes the niece of the man who heads up the organization he is trying to take down.
Katrina Killian has the unfortunate distinction of being related to the head of the Wheels of Pain motorcycle club who deal drugs without bothering to hide their activities in the small town of Marketta. She also happens to be a DEA agent and when someone comes up with the idea to have current agents use past connections to infiltrate these organizations, she begins a two year undercover operation to take down her powerful uncle. She manages to get him locked up and he puts her in charge of the bar the bikers use as their base, where she can work on eliminating the rest of the problem.
Right off the bat I knew I was going to like Katrina. Her first interaction with Cade showed that she was a bold, confident woman who could hold her own. When she finds him suffering from a panic attack during a domestic disturbance call, she calmly talks him through it and helps him regain his composure. Despite the fact that Cade believes Katrina is a criminal, he is unable to deny the sizzling attraction between them and she seems determined to get under his skin.
Unlike a lot of these stories, Cade and Katrina don’t just hop into bed and heat up the sheets (although they do plenty of that later on) and I think that was one of the reasons I loved them even more. They developed a weird sort of friendship and although they were both seriously attracted to each other, the sex was not their first or only connection. There are plenty of steamy sex scenes in the book and in particular one up against a car, but again I liked that they already had a connection at that point.
I was a bit surprised that Katrina didn’t confide in Cade sooner that she was undercover or that his friend Rick didn’t tell him either, but in a way it made the reveal that much better. Speaking of Rick, he was one of the more interesting characters in the book and I REALLY hope we are going to get to see a Shana and Rick story because it is clear there is a whole lot of history there!
Overall I really enjoyed this one and I will definitely read more of Ms. Tenorio’s work!
Click to purchase: Amazon
by Dee Torino
Re-Release Date: August 18, 2014
Original Release Date: December 12, 2011