Dangerous Desires


Romance - Contemporary
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 06/16/2022
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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

It all began when Perez, a drug lord, wanted to give up the business and stay clean. The first step was splitting from his associates, Sanchez and DeAngelo, using LaCrew and Associates law firm. The leading attorney of the Perez trial was Hannah McMillian, an amiable, stunning, and intelligent woman. Perez developed a soft spot for Hannah and entrusted Pierce his son's safety to her. However, he must stay in the shadows and never show himself to her. Unfortunately, it was love at first sight for Pierce, and nothing would stop him from claiming her. Fate had other plans, trapping all the players in a web of deceit. Do Pierce and Hannah stand the chance of a happy-ever-after, even though vipers surround them? Find out in Dangerous Desires by J. L. Baden.

Dangerous Desires by J. L. Baden is Colombiana meets Fifty Shades of Grey, with a touch of El Chapo's moves. The book was erotic, featuring lust, passion, love, loyalty, deception, betrayal, greed, and revenge. This novel would appeal to lovers of sizzle, detective, and cartel stories. I loved the complex but brilliant plot and the beautiful storyline. It was unpredictable, with twists and turns that held my attention. We can never reach the depths of a person’s mind because we have many layers. Chevez shocked me! Who would think that the enemy lived within, posing as the perfect friend? I fell in love with Hannah’s character because she was near perfect and had a beautiful heart. Trish was a friend indeed. Pierce was a captivating character, and Annalease was sweet. Thank you for a beautiful book.

Stephanie Chapman

J.L. Baden’s Dangerous Desires is an intense mafia romance. Hannah has become a criminal journalist. After the death of Antonio, Hannah wants to interview Pierce Perez. One evening, after getting into a major argument with her fiancé, Xander, Hannah goes to a bar. A man approaches her, and she finds herself seduced into going to bed with him. After Xander uses her information to put Pierce Perez in prison, Hannah ends the relationship. The opportunity to interview Pierce becomes available, and she rides with her contact Chevez to the prison. When the lights go off, she learns she is part of an elaborate prison escape when Pierce kidnaps her. Pierce offers her safety if she will marry him. Chevez officiates the marriage and Hannah finds herself in Cuba. Pierce’s daughter, Annalese, bonds with Hannah immediately. However, Hannah believes there is something Pierce isn’t telling her that could cost her life.

J.L. Baden’s ability to interweave mafia interactions between the different families appears effortless. I found Pierce’s obsession with Hannah to be overwhelming, and I fully understood why she kept trying to push him away. I don’t think I would have agreed to go along with his kidnapping plans. Chevez appeared to be the best friend of the year, but in this story, blood runs thicker than water. Hannah’s strongest ability was to speak her mind, but she had a major flaw with being able to resist men seducing her. The supporting characters helped glue the events that flowed from page to page. Every mafia member had an ingrained killer ability that Hannah seemed oblivious to until it was in front of her. Dangerous Desires is a slow-burn romance with several twists that kept me turning pages. Betrayal, international kidnapping, and mob bosses clash in the story. Fans of mafia romances and criminal underground dealings would find Dangerous Desires satisfying.