Monday, February 17, 2014

Conning For Keeps by Seleste Delaney, Book Review

By: Seleste Delaney
Published by: Entangled / Flaunt
Released on: 2.3.14
Series: Agents of Trait #2
Rating: 4 Steamy Stars
Source: e-arc from publisher to review
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Lovers undercover…Secret Agent Marissa Jones has a gift. A con artist to the core, after deep hypnosis she can turn into someone else entirely. Marisa’s gift has gotten her into hot water over the years, but now more so than ever. With her smoking hot partner by her side, she needs to convince him that not only is she her true self, but also that she can be trusted—even in spite of her past.

…or traitors to the cause?Trevor Harris has his own issues with the mission, he’s got revenge to seek, a cursed painting to secure, and Marissa’s sugary-sweet alter-ego to ignore. But when he releases Marisa from her mental cage and things get a little too hot, he ends up finding out what falling for a con artist really means—bigger trouble than ever before.

This book is sizzling! 

What happens when you take under cover agents, a con artist, a mock wedding, and hot sexual tension? A steamy read that will have you wanting to read more about Trevor and Marissa. 

For years now Marissa and Trevor have been partners. Their sexual tension building, but never something they've given into. Given their past histories, it's easy to understand why neither crossed that line. When they're partnered up to get a famous painting back from a gangster, it should be easy for these two to work together. Except they get to pose as an engaged couple. If that wasn't hard enough, they're to get married as part of the group wedding they're posed to be apart of. When you're getting married, there's no way out of sharing a hotel room..... for a week.

That wouldn't be a bad thing, except things don't go quite as planned. Being an ex-conartist puts Marissa at an advantage in this mission. But there's a catch. Marissa is always hypnotized and transformed into a completely different person when it comes to their missions. Of course there are failsafes and all Trevor has to do is a say the key phrase, and it breaks Marissa out of it. When things start to get too hot, Trevor puts his feelings before the mission and now things aren't going quite as planned. 

For Trevor, despite his rugged edges, he's not taking things to the next level with a women who's not totally herself. He wants Marissa. Not Marissa being someone else, but the real Marissa. For Marissa, there's denying she's wanted Trevor or awhile now. Both Trevor and Marissa have to deal with both their mission and their pasts in order to get what is right in front of them. The past has a funny way of sneaking up on both of them during this mission. Between that, and the sparks that are flying between they two, there's no getting out of this situation without lines being crossed. It's beyond pointless for either of them to fight the attraction, and the pent up sexual tension that has built up between the two of them for years now. Let's just say things go from hot to down right sizzling in no time. 

Seleste has created such an unique setting and situation between both of these characters. I loved the danger, the twists, and the sexy times she created in her story. Between the action, sparks flying, and the trouble that arises, there was never a dull moment in this book. Though this is the second book in the TRAIT series, I felt that this book did a great job as a stand alone. I haven't read the first book, but I understood enough of the things that were mentioned in the book, to know what happens in book one. Given that this particular focuses on secondary characters from the first book, I didn't feel lost in what was happening nor did I feel I needed to read book one before reading this one. 

This is a guilty pleasure read I enjoyed reading. 

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