RUNNING HOT – On sale December 16, 2014
About the book –
HelenKay Dimon kicks off her hot new romantic suspense series, Bad Boys Undercover, featuring the fierce men of Alliance—and the only women capable of taming their hearts.
Camped out at a resort bar in Fiji, CIA operative Ward Bennett may look like he’s on vacation but he’s really deep undercover, hunting a dictator on the run. Ward may be on the job, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for the sexy female bartender. That is, until she drugs him.
When Tasha Gregory discovers the hottie on the barstool isn’t who he pretends to be, her MI6 training kicks into gear, and she has no choice but to take him out. Problem is, Ward’s not an easy man to put down for long. More than once, his interference almost blows her surveillance operation—and her ability to keep her heart to herself.
As the situation heats up, these two must decide whether they can trust one another—and quick. Working together might just make everyone safer, but getting close enough for comfort … might just get them killed.
Get to Know HelenKay –
I see the term “kick-ass heroine” a lot in romance. That’s a great term. It gets me pretty excited. But pulling off a true kick-ass heroine is tough. I write a lot of girl-next-door type heroines. It’s hard to get a heroine from that to being a proficient self-defense expert in twenty pages and having it feel real. Honestly, if someone broke into my house I’d hide in the closet. I would not turn into a super ninja. Am I alone? So, for me, there are girl-next-door types and kick-ass types and I love them both.
Tasha in RUNNING HOT is of the kick-ass variety. She’s an MI6 officer. She’s been trained, can kill on command and is not in anyway intimidated by the hero, Ward, who is a CIA agent. In fact, in the opening scene she has knocked him out and has him tied to a chair. I pretty much loved her after that.
Using Tasha as an example, here are a few signs to me that you have a kick-ass heroine:
She can actually kick some butt:
She pulled a gun out from behind her back. Not a baby gun either. No, this was a SIG Sauer P229, the same type that he preferred to carry and could put a good-sized hole in him.
She looks good doing it:
Tasha Gregory, the damn-she’s-hot, smooth-talking bartender from the Waitui Resort. The same one with the husky voice that made him stupid. From the slight wave in her long blond hair to the big brown eyes, everything about her worked for him. Which was how they ended up at her place last night . . . but the rest between then and now was a blur.
Fear is not really her thing:
“You should know if you move your feet even one inch I will punch you in the junk so hard I’ll have to send an apology to the future kids you’ll never have.” She winked at him. “Got that, stud?”
But my favorite thing? The hero likes the kick-ass heroine just the way she is:
She stood eight feet away, outside of kicking distance, and didn’t move. No telltale signs of nerves. She didn’t shift her weight or her gaze. She looked at him as if she could kick his ass and was just seconds away from starting. For some reason, Ward found that sexy as hell.
Did I mention that’s all from the first scene? Yeah, she’s not someone you mess with…and Ward figures that out fast.
About the author –
HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce attorney turned full-time romance author. Odd transition, right? She has sold over thirty novels, novellas and shorts to numerous publishers, including Kensington, Harlequin and Penguin, Samhain, Carina Press, and HarperCollins. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. But the best part of the job is never having to wear pantyhose.
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