Last Chance to Run (Slye Temp Series) by Dianna Love

To an undercover agent, she’s a Person of Interest. He’s interested.  Escaping the compound of a deadly international felon--with a fortune in rare, stolen coins hidden on her body--elite athlete Angel Farentino has to make the most important run of her life. Literally. With her father in prison, where he belongs, and a prior undeserved conviction hanging over her head, she has nowhere to turn and no one to trust. Definitely not law enforcement who railroaded her through a judicial nightmare. One step ahead of lethal men and dogs on her trail, she runs into the arms of a dark stranger willing to help her if she’d let him. But that would only get the sexy pilot killed.  Between figuring out who’s sabotaging his undercover work for the DEA and trying to save his baby sister from herself, Zane Jackson has enough on his plate. The last thing he needs is to get entangled with a woman who’s treading on the wrong side of the law. But when the long-legged distraction races into the middle of his operation and stows away on his plane, a primal need to protect forces Zane to risk everything, starting with his heart. Note - This book was originally released as Worth Every Risk. When Dianna received the rights back she revised the story to the much larger romantic thriller version she'd always envisioned, which includes more romance and plenty of action.

To an undercover agent, she’s a Person of Interest. He’s interested.
Escaping the compound of a deadly international felon–with a fortune in rare, stolen coins hidden on her body–elite athlete Angel Farentino has to make the most important run of her life. Literally. With her father in prison, where he belongs, and a prior undeserved conviction hanging over her head, she has nowhere to turn and no one to trust. Definitely not law enforcement who railroaded her through a judicial nightmare. One step ahead of lethal men and dogs on her trail, she runs into the arms of a dark stranger willing to help her if she’d let him. But that would only get the sexy pilot killed.
Between figuring out who’s sabotaging his undercover work for the DEA and trying to save his baby sister from herself, Zane Jackson has enough on his plate. The last thing he needs is to get entangled with a woman who’s treading on the wrong side of the law. But when the long-legged distraction races into the middle of his operation and stows away on his plane, a primal need to protect forces Zane to risk everything, starting with his heart.
Note – This book was originally released as Worth Every Risk. When Dianna received the rights back she revised the story to the much larger romantic thriller version she’d always envisioned, which includes more romance and plenty of action.

Last Chance to Run by Dianna Love

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plenty of action with a tough heroine and a hero that’s a jack of a few trades.

From the opening scene of Angel Farentino escaping from where she was being held and stowing away on a plane to a fiery explosion of a boat you are on the edge of your seat. Angel had to be the most unluckiest heroine in a book. Her mother had been an alcoholic and died when she was young and her father ended up ruining her chance of going to college on a track scholarship by using her as a drug mule against her knowledge and letter her go to jail for his crime. After she did her time she thought she finally got a break by being hired by rich arts dealer to work in his warehouse but it turns out he was nothing more than a thief and her all her honesty got her was beat up and thrown into captivity.

Her first break of good luck was stowing herself on Zane’s plane even though it took much of the book for her to be honest with him. Zane was in the service flying planes and loving his job when his parents died leaving his much younger sister venerable and in mixed in with bad things. Zane made a decision to leave the career he loved to help his sister and to give her stability. He owns his own charter company and his business was funded by the DEA in exchange for him helping them with undercover jobs.

Even though these two didn’t trust each other for most of the book the underlying attraction kept them together and Zane constantly rescuing her. Zane’s sister who suffers from alcohol abuse played a big part in the book and her story is next in the series.

There are two more books in this series – I havent had the time to read them yet but here is a glimpse at them.

He has nothing to lose until she gives him a reason to live. Thanks to a traitor,Slye Temp agent Josh Carrington should have died during the blown UK mission, but he didn’t. Scars fade and nightmares can be managed, but he’ll never forget watching an innocent woman die because she trusted him. Tempted by the best, he sticks to Personal Rule Number One: Never mix business with pleasure.  Slye Temp sends Josh to uncover a leak in a DEA task force...a mole in league with the traitor who betrayed the UK team. A deadly shipment is bound for the US and nothing will stop Josh from taking down this mole, blocking the shipment, and nabbing the traitor. Not even Trish Jackson, hardheaded sister of his #1 DEA suspect.  A faceless stalker has turned Trish’s life into a living nightmare and threatens to kill anyone who helps her, including Josh, the new man on her brother’s task force who has planted both unwelcome feet in the middle of her world and refuses to leave. The closer Josh gets to the twisted truth, the more he struggles to keep Trish out of harm’s way--and his bed--but the sultry firecracker gets under his skin like no other woman, forcing him to question everything, starting with Rule Number One.

He has nothing to lose until she gives him a reason to live.
Thanks to a traitor,Slye Temp agent Josh Carrington should have died during the blown UK mission, but he didn’t. Scars fade and nightmares can be managed, but he’ll never forget watching an innocent woman die because she trusted him. Tempted by the best, he sticks to Personal Rule Number One: Never mix business with pleasure.
Slye Temp sends Josh to uncover a leak in a DEA task force…a mole in league with the traitor who betrayed the UK team. A deadly shipment is bound for the US and nothing will stop Josh from taking down this mole, blocking the shipment, and nabbing the traitor. Not even Trish Jackson, hardheaded sister of his #1 DEA suspect.
A faceless stalker has turned Trish’s life into a living nightmare and threatens to kill anyone who helps her, including Josh, the new man on her brother’s task force who has planted both unwelcome feet in the middle of her world and refuses to leave. The closer Josh gets to the twisted truth, the more he struggles to keep Trish out of harm’s way–and his bed–but the sultry firecracker gets under his skin like no other woman, forcing him to question everything, starting with Rule Number One.

She’s convinced he’s guilty. He knows he’s not. Can they survive long enough to prove who’s right? Former Slye Temp agent Ryder Van Dyke is stuck in an Atlanta penitentiary facing the death penalty after being framed for murder. When his last hope for freedom disintegrates, Ryder is offered a commuted sentence – if he helps the FBI nail a deadly criminal ... his father. But Ryder has his own plan to use this opportunity to prove his innocence, or tap his Special Forces skills to disappear because he is not going back in that cage. FBI analyst Bianca Brady spent two long years substantiating that the head of Van Dyke Enterprises is guilty of funneling weapons to terrorists. Now all she needs is the proof. When her research leads to a potential murder conviction for Ryder Van Dyke, Bianca sees a clear path to take down Ryder’s father and to gain justice for her best friend who died at the hands of a terrorist.. Bianca’s the last person Ryder will trust after she led the charge to put him in prison, but when Ryder accepts the FBI offer there’s only one way to get an agent inside his father’s high-security family compound – as Ryder’s legal wife. The unlikely pair must navigate a minefield of deadly secrets, threats to national security, and a killer with a vendetta, to stay alive until they uncover the truth. But when Bianca becomes the killer’s next target, Ryder is forced to make a choice - give up his freedom or risk the life of the woman who’s stolen his heart.

She’s convinced he’s guilty. He knows he’s not. Can they survive long enough to prove who’s right?
Former Slye Temp agent Ryder Van Dyke is stuck in an Atlanta penitentiary facing the death penalty after being framed for murder. When his last hope for freedom disintegrates, Ryder is offered a commuted sentence – if he helps the FBI nail a deadly criminal … his father. But Ryder has his own plan to use this opportunity to prove his innocence, or tap his Special Forces skills to disappear because he is not going back in that cage. FBI analyst Bianca Brady spent two long years substantiating that the head of Van Dyke Enterprises is guilty of funneling weapons to terrorists. Now all she needs is the proof. When her research leads to a potential murder conviction for Ryder Van Dyke, Bianca sees a clear path to take down Ryder’s father and to gain justice for her best friend who died at the hands of a terrorist..
Bianca’s the last person Ryder will trust after she led the charge to put him in prison, but when Ryder accepts the FBI offer there’s only one way to get an agent inside his father’s high-security family compound – as Ryder’s legal wife. The unlikely pair must navigate a minefield of deadly secrets, threats to national security, and a killer with a vendetta, to stay alive until they uncover the truth. But when Bianca becomes the killer’s next target, Ryder is forced to make a choice – give up his freedom or risk the life of the woman who’s stolen his heart.

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