Black Ice by Anne Stuart
I've been going through a romance novel phase featuring some sort of "special-op" hero, who's bad, but not all bad. I've recently revisited the Tara Janzen's Steele Street series. Most of them are good, some I don't care too much for and a few a like so much that I own them. Anyway, I had never read anything by Anne Stuart and this title was recommended on a site as being similar to the Tara Janzen books. So I checked it out and LOVED it. It was a suspenseful page turner in which the female lead character, Chloe, was in a "wrong place wrong time" situation and the hero/anti-hero, Bastien, who saves her on a number of occasions, was not a typical romantic lead. What I mean by "not typical" is that this is no "love at first site" type of book, it seems a lot more realistic and brutal. Bastien is a jaded special-op type working for a group called the Committee (so called good guys that aren't really that good). They take out bad guys and if good guys/gals get in the way, too bad. Chloe is definitely in the way. I was hooked and I'm starting on the next one in this series, Cold as Ice.
From the book jacket:
Living paycheck to paycheck in Paris, American book translator Chloe Underwood would give anything for some excitement and passion--even a little danger. So when she's offered a lucrative weekend gig translating at a business conference in a remote chateau, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.
Then by chance Chloe discovers her employers are anything but the entrepreneurs they appear, and suddenly she knows far too much. Her clients are illegal arms dealers, and one of them is ordered to kill her. But instead, Bastien Toussaint drags Chloe away, and the next thing she knows she's on the run with the most terrifying and seductive man she's ever met.
What were his motives--and would she live long enough to find out?
For more info on Anne Stuart check out her website: www.anne-stuart.com