Dangerous Grounds by Shelli Stevens

The Seattle Steam Series

Samhain Publishing

Contemporary Suspense Romance

ISBN: 1-59998-850-X

Reviewed by Tanya



While many think Maddie is a spoiled little rich girl, she actually has a good head on her shoulders.  She is setting out to make Ooo La Latte, her new coffee/espresso shop, one of the most popular in the Seattle area.  She is also looking for a rebound guy, and thinks she has found one in her brother’s friend Gabe.  Gabe is known for not wanting a relationship and boy is he hot.  So she pursues him.  What will happen if he finally gives in? And will she be able to keep her heart intact and walk away when it is over?

Suddenly she is seeing more of Gabe than she had anticipated when her shop is robbed by the “Espresso Bandit” and Maddie is placed under protective custody as she is the only person to have seen his face.  The close proximity of the two will keep Gabe from running and Maddie gets her wish, and her rebound guy.  What will happen if the bandit is not caught, and how will Gabe handle the feelings he is developing for Maddie?  What is a guy to do?

Dangerous Grounds was a suspense filled read that will leave you on the edge of your seat, with a fan nearby for those steamy scenes.  I thoroughly enjoyed the story, characters and suspense up until the reactions of Maddie after the major part of the story climaxed.  Since I just didn't get where those reactions were coming from, though Ms. Stevens did attempt to explain them I thought they were off base and it annoyed me.  Once I got over it and finished the story I was happy the way it turned out.  I felt the author was trying to add a little more drama that didn't need to be added, and in fact hurt the story, to an already great story.  Overall I still think you will enjoy Dangerous Grounds, especially as many others might not have the same issue as I did at the end of the book.


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