I’ve enjoyed two of Ms. Bicos’s romantic suspense novels and Risky Games is one of them. Just in case your curious, Perfect Timing is the other. Review to come later.
I’d always been curious about Ms. Bicos’ other books like Wrapped in Wishes, a paranormal romance that has received good feedback from other readers. However, I struck gold with her romantic suspense novels, one of which I am going to introduce to you now. Here is the back blurb:
With her career destroyed, McCall became an ace blackjack player. Casino manager Jake Donovan is attracted and finds himself involved in love and danger as someone tries to stop McCall from discovering why her career was ruined.
Jake Donovan is a casino manager in New Orleans. He has the unfortunate reputation for saving “damsel’s in distress” or as he labels it: the Donovan curse. McCall first gets his attention when she is playing blackjack in his casino and is winning every hand. Jake watches her on the security camera and is intrigued and attracted to her despite the fact that he knows he has to throw her out of his casino. He does offer her a ride home to ease the blow. Thus, this starts their dance around each other.
McCall Sayer is a brilliant scientist: she has cracked the formula for sexual attraction that has the potential to earn her big money. However, she has a ongoing feud going on with her father and sister. She hasn’t spoken with either of them for quite sometime because of a third party that has undermined McCall’s work which was later discredited. Her father believed her work to be fraudulent despite McCall’s pleas of innocence and want’s nothing to do with her. Thus, her career is ruined with no one to help her. Meanwhile, McCall and Jake get to know each other. Their attraction and chemistry is very nice. The conflicts that evolve come naturally within the story and are resolved in a reasonable manner. Jake takes a more involved interest in McCall’s past and this unearthes all types of problems for them that puts them both in the line of danger.
This is one of the better romantic suspense novels out there, written in 1997. This book is what I would term “smart and sexy.” It’s not too taxing or too complex. Just smart. I loved Jake and his vulnerability. He’s a sweetheart. He’s twice divorced with one child that he shares custody with his, ex-wife #2. Ex-wife #2 isn’t villianized too badly. She left Jake thinking the pasture was greener on the other side and finds herself wanting to conceive another child and can’t. There’s a scene between the two of them that I’ve bookmarked and reread often. It’s a heated exchange in a park. Curious? Read the book. Anyway, there are actually, quite a few scenes in the book that I’ve bookmarked. Yes, this is a really good book. Alas, there is no universal appeal in everything. Some readers might find this book boring or lacking something. So, if this book doesn’t sound like your taste then it probably won’t be to your liking.
Risky Games is a buried treasure read. A book that would satisfy on many levels for readers who want a smart and sexy read. The author has a great ear for dialogue. The chemistry between the leads was hot. Characters were well fleshed out. I’ve reread this book many times over and still highly recommend it. Ms. Bicos still writes romantic suspense novels for Mira but I’ve yet to have any luck with any of those. I hope she continues to write and I’ll keep a look out for her new releases. Anyway, next time your in the used bookstore, look up Risky Games. You won’t be disappointed. And if you are disappointed, uh, keep it to yourself. My grade, A.