Title: Trapped by a Dangerous Man
Author: Cleo Peitsche
Publisher/Year: Cleo Peitsche 3/28/14
Length: 72 Pages
Series: By a Dangerous Man #1
Despite growing up a bounty hunter, being taken seriously is a constant struggle for 24-year-old Audrey Stroop. When she stumbles across information on Corbin Lagos, she recognizes the chance of a lifetime.
One blizzard and a car accident later, she wakes up in gorgeous Corbin’s bed. She doesn’t know how he’ll react if he discovers that the woman he rescued intends to haul him in. She also can’t fight her attraction to him.
He’s nothing like the men she typically seduces and discards. He’s dominant. He’s dangerous. And he’s going to explode her life into a million tiny pieces.
I’m a fan of this author – and i’m not quite sure why. I mean, i know why – her style of writing really brings you in, but i have to say that there’s often quite a bit that takes it just a bit outside my comfort zone that it’s a surprise. In any event, we begin our journey with a few new characters in this series.
We meet Audrey – who’s a 22 yr old bounty hunter – working for her family’s business, and trying to make a name for herself since it’s tough for a girl to be in the biz, let alone to work for her dad. Audrey has her eyes set on a big prize – after seeing Corbin Lagos – the #1 most wanted on her list with a $2MM bounty in a local store. The bad fortune that she finds herself of a mess in is one of the biggest snow storms of the year.
So, after nearly dying of fristbite and the such – when her car gets stranded while she’s on an off road trying to get to the last known location of Corbin, she wakes up to find herself naked, in a bed, with her hands and feet wrapped up. It’s when Corbin walks in that she realizes that either she’s in a very bad position that he knows what she does and is going to kill her, or she’s really embarrassed and has to figure out how to get out of a situation that she’d rather not be in.
Going into this, we knew that if he was among the most wanted, then he’d be really smart and probably a dominant. Smart – well – that box was checked quickly. He knew EXACTLY who audrey was, and that didn’t bode well for her necessarily. A dom – well that box is also checked pretty quickly given that as we know when you’re marooned with someone that you have any kind of attraction for – you’ll fall into bed. So – the path to getting there is interesting, but of course – it’s hot as well.
Corbin is a man that doesn’t pull his punches, and we’re taken straight into scening in a way that makes me uncomfortable – in a good way. he’s not tentative with any of his actions and even a bit dirty – which seems to be exactly what the story asks for. We learn that Audrey isn’t the most experienced but she’s one to try to control her intimacy, while Corbin is ALWAYS the one that’s in control.
The nice thing that we learn is what took Corbin down his path – at least we get the initial hints. The way that the story is written as well makes us really engaged is that they play a little game to get to know each other – in a sense at least – of 20 questions, and they try to make things seem as normal while they are far from it.
What i also really liked is that Corbin propositions Audrey in a way that while i figured was coming – i think that it was a nice way to end this first installment. You really have to wonder what’s going to happen next, and who if anyone is going to capture Corbin and what that will mean for Audrey – since i feel like things are going to get dicey. Nothing i like more than a guy who ditches in the AM and then leaves sweet notes and texts. Anyhow – i’m going to check out the next installment to see which side Audrey stays on – the good or the dark. Enjoy!