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Kyra's a con woman and a thief who can steal her target's strongest skill. But when she becomes the target of a hit man, she won't be able to hide from the passion that engulfs them.
Published: Penguin Group on
ISBN: 9781101151242
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My first book of 2012 and I wasn't disappointed.

Kyra is a con artist, and she loves what she does. She has been groomed for it by her father ever since she was a little girl. One of her greatest assets is her ability to absorb another person's abilities for a short time by mere touch. Her biggest coup was making the powerful and rich casino owner, Gerald Serrano fall in love with her before she relieved him of three million dollars and humiliated him professionally and emotionally. Now he's mad and aims to get even. How does a ruthless thug get even? He hires a hit man to hunt her down and make her disappear, permanently.

Reyes is a tough, dangerous guy with a mysterious past. He makes people disappear for a living, but only those who really deserve it. His latest mark is Kyra. The intel he has received on her paints her as a conniving bitch who not only stole money from her ex-fiance, but also killed her own father. In his eyes, she's just another job. When he finally catches up with her, her persona doesn't quite add up to the information he was given about her.

In a nutshell, this story features a heroine on the run and a hero who was hired to track her down and kill her. Of course lust turns to love before the truth is revealed behind the circumstances of their meeting. I kept wondering in the back of my mind how those two were going to end up together with such a heavy betrayal looming over their heads. I thought the story flowed nicely and believably in regards to the advancement of their relationship. Their chemistry was off the charts, and it left a blazing trail from beginning to end. We find out mostly everything we need to know about Kyra and her past, but not so much where Reyes is concerned, which was a little disappointing (only because I'm curious as hell and want to know everything about a character).

One of the side characters, Foster, is equally as mysterious. We are given little bits of information about him, but we don't find out until the end whether he's really a good guy or a bad guy.

All in all, I give this five stars because of the suspense, the plot, the very likeable H/H and the fact that I couldn't put the book down. This story was gritty, dirty, and oh so good.more
SKIN GAME was kind of meh, but satisfying just the same. There was nothing wrong with it, and i was in the mood for a book about a hired assassin and the canny target he falls in love with before he can kill her. It's nicely edgy, the sex is a little brutal and pretty hot, it's well-plotted and well-written.

The paranormal aspects are pretty minimal - Kyra's gift is interesting, and the effect it's had on her life is huge, but for the most part we're dealing with a recognizable, contemporary reality.

So the book totally hit the spot, but didn't have me running out to buy the next book in the series...even though I'm totally sure that if I picked it up, I'd like it too.more
I've read Anne Aguirre so was happy to read a book under a new penname. I really enjoyed it! I've been going through a bad patch with kick ass heroines lately (as any who has read my reviews would know) and wondering if I was just done with the genre, but this book renewed my faith :) It had a slightly psychic heroine, but not too magical and a great hit man, and I loved both Kyra and Rey. And I actually believed both their back stories and that they would fall in love. It had a lovely romantic sexual tension in it, which are not always words that go together! I read it in one day, and am going to order the next one! A great find and a keeper.more
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My first book of 2012 and I wasn't disappointed.

Kyra is a con artist, and she loves what she does. She has been groomed for it by her father ever since she was a little girl. One of her greatest assets is her ability to absorb another person's abilities for a short time by mere touch. Her biggest coup was making the powerful and rich casino owner, Gerald Serrano fall in love with her before she relieved him of three million dollars and humiliated him professionally and emotionally. Now he's mad and aims to get even. How does a ruthless thug get even? He hires a hit man to hunt her down and make her disappear, permanently.

Reyes is a tough, dangerous guy with a mysterious past. He makes people disappear for a living, but only those who really deserve it. His latest mark is Kyra. The intel he has received on her paints her as a conniving bitch who not only stole money from her ex-fiance, but also killed her own father. In his eyes, she's just another job. When he finally catches up with her, her persona doesn't quite add up to the information he was given about her.

In a nutshell, this story features a heroine on the run and a hero who was hired to track her down and kill her. Of course lust turns to love before the truth is revealed behind the circumstances of their meeting. I kept wondering in the back of my mind how those two were going to end up together with such a heavy betrayal looming over their heads. I thought the story flowed nicely and believably in regards to the advancement of their relationship. Their chemistry was off the charts, and it left a blazing trail from beginning to end. We find out mostly everything we need to know about Kyra and her past, but not so much where Reyes is concerned, which was a little disappointing (only because I'm curious as hell and want to know everything about a character).

One of the side characters, Foster, is equally as mysterious. We are given little bits of information about him, but we don't find out until the end whether he's really a good guy or a bad guy.

All in all, I give this five stars because of the suspense, the plot, the very likeable H/H and the fact that I couldn't put the book down. This story was gritty, dirty, and oh so good.more
SKIN GAME was kind of meh, but satisfying just the same. There was nothing wrong with it, and i was in the mood for a book about a hired assassin and the canny target he falls in love with before he can kill her. It's nicely edgy, the sex is a little brutal and pretty hot, it's well-plotted and well-written.

The paranormal aspects are pretty minimal - Kyra's gift is interesting, and the effect it's had on her life is huge, but for the most part we're dealing with a recognizable, contemporary reality.

So the book totally hit the spot, but didn't have me running out to buy the next book in the series...even though I'm totally sure that if I picked it up, I'd like it too.more
I've read Anne Aguirre so was happy to read a book under a new penname. I really enjoyed it! I've been going through a bad patch with kick ass heroines lately (as any who has read my reviews would know) and wondering if I was just done with the genre, but this book renewed my faith :) It had a slightly psychic heroine, but not too magical and a great hit man, and I loved both Kyra and Rey. And I actually believed both their back stories and that they would fall in love. It had a lovely romantic sexual tension in it, which are not always words that go together! I read it in one day, and am going to order the next one! A great find and a keeper.more
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