Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on September 9th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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When her Uncle Jack is arrested on drug charges, Sammie Murphy hops the first plane to Key West. Being rescued isnÔÇÖt on her uncleÔÇÖs to-do list, though. When he admits guilt and instructs her to go home, Sammie knows with 100% certainty something is seriously wrong.
Veteran DEA agent Enrique Santos knows when a bust is solid. So why is he allowing Jack MurphyÔÇÖs niece to mess with his head? HeÔÇÖs been set-up and nearly killed by a woman like her before, and heÔÇÖs not about to make that mistake again.
But then things at MurphyÔÇÖs bar take a turn for the dangerous, leaving Sammie entangled in EnriqueÔÇÖs dark past. Forced to second-guess his convictions, Enrique has no choice but to kidnap the one woman who could destroy everything...including his heart.
Bad to the Bone is my first novel by Wendy Byrne. The romantic suspense premise of this story is what quipped my interest to begin with. I love a good romance filled with suspense that keeps me on the edge of my seatÔÇöBad to the Bone definitely accomplished that. ItÔÇÖs filled with mystery, deception, and love.
Sammie Murphy left Florida for Providence as soon as she was able to. Too many bad memories, as well as the weather, have caused her to leave. The only good thing sheÔÇÖs left behind in Key West is her Uncle JackÔÇöand he is ultimately what draws her back to Florida. Seemingly out of the blue, Jack is arrested for distributing a large amount of drugs, and the police thinks he is the leader of a group of drugs traffickers. Sammie comes back to Florida to clear her uncleÔÇÖs name and have him released from prison.
Sammie is an independent, strong, outspoken, and confident woman. But she also has a tendency to date bad boys who end up breaking her heart, as well as getting her in trouble. Her history with unknowingly dating men involved with the drug trade is what puts her on the suspect list.
Enrique Santos is the undercover DEA agent who is responsible for arresting Uncle Jack. He has spent months investigating this case, and Jack, and is sure he has caught the right man behind the drug trafficking. As soon as Sammie hits town, Enrique feels compelled to investigate her and find out whether or not she is involved as well. Due to her ex-boyfriends and their shady lives they lived, they think Sammy is the mastermind behind the whole drug ring.
While investigating Sammie, Enrique is fighting his own demons. His past, and the betrayal by the people he loved, define him, his opinion of Sammie, and their relationship. Trusting the wrong person nearly got himself and other cops killed, making him question his capability as an agent. He needs to prove his worth with this case, not only to himself, but also to the DEA.
Sammie and EnriqueÔÇÖs relationship while explosive in a hot and sexy way, is also complicated. Both of them lie to one another in the beginning. But while Sammie is only protecting herself, Enrique is actually deceiving Sammie. However, I do like how we are shown EnriqueÔÇÖs remorse and conflict over that, which makes him redeemable. He doesnÔÇÖt want to lie to Sammie, but he isnÔÇÖt totally sure he can trust her either. I like how their relationship evolves and grows, and ultimately how Enrique fights for Sammie and grovels to get her back.
The suspense aspect in this story is great. While we learn a lot about the characters, we are also kept wondering who is behind all of the things happening.
IÔÇÖve enjoyed this story a lot, however there are a few aspects that bothered me. For once, there were quite a few grammatical errors and typos that shouldnÔÇÖt have been missed. Not everyone will be bothered by this, but it distracted me from the story. Also, I wish I had more descriptions about the surroundings to enable me to picture what the environment looks like and give more depth to the characters.
Overall, I enjoyed this story a lot and can definitely recommend it to everyone who is not going to be distracted by the aforementioned issues. The suspense is strong and definitely intriguing.
~Review by Anja