Don’t mix business with pleasure. At least that’s what she keeps telling herself.
Ryan Thiel, known as Seattle’s most eligible bachelor instead of Seattle’s most powerful businessman, all because a local magazine changed its story direction after taking one look at him. He gets it, he’s hot. But he’s not happy. He has no interest in dating. Last time he tried, it ended in disaster. Then he meets Katie and all that changes.
Katie Capone is starting over after discovering her ex-boyfriend slept with her coworkers. Now at a new job, she won’t make the mistake of mixing business with personal ever again. Then she meets Ryan.
Forced to work with Ryan, Katie struggles to keep their relationship professional. Hard to do with the steamy looks he keeps giving her.
Ryan wants Katie and this time, he is willing to wait. But when his past comes back and threatens to hurt Katie, Ryan must decide between the woman he wants or exposing a past he has buried.
Surrounded by danger, Katie must decide if she can trust Ryan or if she is being used again.
Pursued was selected as a finalist for the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. This is a steamy, stand-alone, HEA romantic suspense romance.
3.5 Heart Review by Ashley
I am always looking for new to me authors that write romantic suspense and Danielle Pays fit that bill. While Pursued is the second book in this series it can be read as a total standalone (like it was for me).
Ryan and Katie's story was more than rich playboy falls for the good girl. There was a depth to these characters. They had both lived through a lot, survived a lot, and found a way to get by. But something was missing. That something was the other. Sparks flew the first time they met. Although that night ended poorly, they couldn't stop thinking about each other. So Ryan did something about it.
They spent a lot of time together working on a major project. But there was no funny business. Katie wouldn't have it. I liked that she didn't back down to Ryan like everyone else did. He liked it too. But there were some people who didn't. The sexual chemistry was off the charts and the anticipation was high. And just as they were about to be free to be together, things went off the rails.
The final third of Pursued was wild. There was so much going on. Katie was in the middle of a twisted scheme that involved the FBI and a Senator. And when it was revealed how Ryan was tied to it all, my jaw was on the floor. I feel like there is some unfinished business with these characters and my fingers are crossed that Danielle Pays will tie it all up in future books of this series.
About the Author
Danielle Pays writes steamy romance novels with a touch of suspense. When not trying to write her characters into some kind of trouble, she can be found guzzling coffee at her kids’ soccer games. Black coffee is a requirement as she lives in the Pacific Northwest.