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Play Dirty by Lorie O’Clare

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Cover art: Play Dirty Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Play Dirty - 1st in the Bounty Hunter series
Author: Lorie O’Clare
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-37215-6
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic Suspense
Year/Setting: Present day L.A. and Nebraska
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Lorie's Website/Blog: www.lorieoclare.com


Greg King is a successful bounty hunter living in Los Angeles. He runs his bounty hunting business with his niece and two sons. He would be running it with his wife Haley as well, but she left him six years ago. Haley decided to testify against one of the biggest drug dealers in L.A. and went into the Witness Protection Program right after the trial ended. The drug dealer was thankfully put behind bars but Greg and his family have had to live without her all this time. As Greg and his boys are on a man hunt, Greg sees a brunette woman standing across the street hidden in the shadows watching him. Greg would recognize her anywhere; his wife has come back to L.A.

Haley knew testifying against a ruthless drug dealer would be hard, but leaving her family behind so they would be protected was even harder. She has come back to L.A. though in need of Greg’s help. Her boss in Nebraska has gone missing. Working for a private investigator has honed her skills and sharpened her senses. She knows that her boss wouldn’t just get up and leave without telling her. Something is definitely wrong and she believes something bad has happened to him.

Greg and Haley realize that more is at stake here and her missing boss is just one part of the puzzle. Old secrets start surfacing and Greg must convince Haley that he is the only one who can protect her.

While I tend to gravitate towards the paranormal romances, I was intrigued by this story. Mystery and romantic suspense are a great way to end my day. I love the tug and pull between Greg and Haley. These two are such strong individuals and it’s fun to see how they come together and reach a compromise. It’s also great to see that no matter how many years of separation have passed that they can still come together like they were never apart. The plot is ripe with mystery, action and a twist you won’t see until the very end. This is an awesome start to a great new series.

Jillean

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