by Sherrilyn Kenyon

September 2005
ISBN: 1-4165-0750-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback

This delectable book contains three stories filled with the agents of BAD – Bureau of American Defense. These men and women work for a completely secret group that stays behind the scenes and keeps Americans safe from terrorists. It’s a job so dangerous that most of the agents are orphans to prevent anyone missing them, in the event of their death. They’ve spent years living for the job, and are about to discover that something’s been missing from their lives – love.

The book starts off with brand new story One Bad Night. It’s not imperative to read these stories in order, but if, like me, you're picky that way, then you should save this one for last. Samantha Winslow is after double agent Jason Banks. She may find him incredibly sexy, but that won’t stop her from killing him. Jason wakes up to find a very angry woman has tied him to a bed – naked. As many times as he’s fantasized about getting naked with Sam, he’d never imagined it quite like this. On a night fraught with action and danger, will he be able to convince her that he is still an agent to be trusted?

BAD to the Bone, previously printed in the Big Guns Out of Uniform anthology, is the second story, and my personal favorite. Marianne Webernec has won a fantasy vacation where she gets to pretend to be the heroine from her favorite romance novel. Now rather than being a dowdy teacher, she will become Ren Winterbourne, CIA agent. But three weeks into her month long stay she’s bored to tears and finds the hero assigned to her to be a complete drip. Kyle Foster has spent the last several weeks on the island on a forced vacation to recover from bullet wounds. He wants nothing more than to get back to his job, but he still has one more week to go. When he sees a woman near an area he has rigged with explosives, he literally knocks her off her feet. Marianne finds Kyle much more suited for the role of hero, too bad he’s not her fantasy lover. Though not the type of woman he’d normally find attractive, Kyle can’t get Marianne off his mind. After reading a few scenes of the romance she’s there to reenact, he comes up with a plan. This story is a must read for those of you who enjoy a romance filled steamy sex and laughter.

Rounding out this trio is ”Captivated” By You, which originally appeared in the anthology Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down. Rhea Stevenson is less than thrilled to be handed the assignment to go undercover as a dominatrix. If that’s not bad enough, she’ll be assigned to work with Ace Krux. She may think he’s good looking, but she can’t stand him. Ace on the other hand has been in love with Rhea for three years. As Rhea is forced to work with him, she begins to realize he’s not as he seems, and begins to find more than just his body attractive. You can’t help but enjoy as these two first go shopping at an adult toy store, and then have to endure some lessons in BDSM 101. Will these two, who have devoted their lives to the job, finally take a chance on love?

And don’t worry, we don’t have long to wait for the next BAD agent. Full length story BAD Attitude will hit the shelves in Fall 2005. Just be warned, it’s a hardcover. I wonder if this book will give us more glimpses into the relationship between Tee and Joe. Enjoy this sizzling summer read that will leave you with a smile.

Reviewed in August 2005 by Jackie.

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