A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by Eileen Dreyer writing as Kathleen Korbel *Review*

GENRE:  Romantic Suspense

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About the Book

J.P. O’Neill is in the fight of his life. A legendary agent with the DEA, he’s uncovered a conspiracy in his own agency. The only problem is he’s been arrested for the murder of his partner. If he goes to jail, he dies.

There’s only one solution—escape. The only way to do that is to kidnap his defense attorney. Lauren Taylor is a high-priced attorney doing a favor for a friend. Suddenly she finds herself on the run with the most dangerous man she’s ever met. Will she survive with her heart intact?

Read an Excerpt

The DA cackled that he had an open and shut case. A slam dunk with clusters. J. P. O’Neill, once a virtuoso of undercover agents had finally stepped over the line and gone rogue, turning on his own people rather than be reeled back in. The DEA had lost track of him some five weeks earlier. It was their suspicion that the mercurial star of undercover had finally succumbed to the life-style he’d imitated for so long and gone spinning off into his own personal orbit. His partner had been sent in to retrieve him.

Something about those eyes, though, contradicted the idea that he’d done anything in cold blood. Something about those eyes made Lauren think twice when a personal request from the senior partner in her firm to represent this man might not have.

“So, what do you think?” O’Neill asked. “Am I a worthless maggot with antisocial behavior who couldn’t withstand the lure of filthy lucre?”

Startled by the tone of his voice, Lauren looked up. Amusement. She’d heard it in the question, and now saw it in the eyes. They glinted with it, a dark, knowing challenge that made her somehow sorry.

Those eyes. Blue, green, changing like the water off the Bahamas on a sunny day, so startling against that grime not for the color but for the intelligence. The sharp, sudden flashes of humor and even more stunning glitter of grief.

Wild eyes. Eyes that promised surprise, that mesmerized with energy, with the wicked wit that lurked behind. Eyes that made her wary, that taunted her like a peek into a forbidden room. Eyes that should have belonged to the devil himself.

“I don’t know what you are, Mr. O’Neill,” she finally admitted, leaning back in her chair.

Lauren was tired. She’d already put in a full day when Tom Paxton had called in his favor from New York where he was taking depositions.

For a friend. Well, if this was the friend, then there was a lot about the senior partner of the firm Lauren wanted to know. For now, though, she ignored the ache in her back and the stale feel of a suit too long worn.

“I’m dead if I don’t make bail,” O’Neill assured her, picking off yet another strip of foam and carefully folding it into the disintegrating cup. “If you don’t believe anything else, believe that.”

My Review

Before I begin my review, I need to admit that I’d read this book before … way back in the early 1990s. Getting the chance to re-read it as a reissue and do this review was like opening up a treasured old love letter. I think my heart raced through the entire book.

A Walk on the Wild Side is just what uber-organized attorney Lauren Taylor needs. She’s never met anyone like DEA agent J.P. O’Neill, a fact that has her a bit frightened yet excited at the same time.

J.P.’s been an undercover agent for so long, even his superiors aren’t sure which side he’s on. And, when J.P. takes Lauren hostage and on the run in an effort to clear his name, Lauren must face some personal issues from her past in order to cope with her present.

Author Eileen Dreyer/Kathleen Korbel has penned a suspenseful look at what can happen when a good man pretends to be bad for too long. As a romance, the story does exactly what a great romance should, it develops character, slowly builds a loving relationship, and tugs at the reader’s heartstrings.

The book was great in its original category format and even better all these years later.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling, RWA Hall of Fame author Eileen Dreyer has published 31 romance novels in most genres, 8 medical­forensic suspenses, and 10 short stories.

2015 sees Eileen enjoying critical acclaim for her foray into historical romance, the Drake’s Rakes series, which Eileen labels as Regency Romantic Adventure that follows a group of Regency aristocrats who are willing to sacrifice everything to keep their country safe. She is also working on her first non­fiction book, TRAVELS WITH DAVE, about a journey she’s been taking with a friend’s ashes.

A retired trauma nurse, Eileen lives in her native St. Louis with her husband, children, and a large and noisy Irish family, of which she is the reluctant matriarch. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the limelight.

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A Giveaway

Eileen will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC via Rafflecopter drawing.

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Eileen and her alter-ego Kathleen Korbel for this stop on the tour.

Please come back again all week for more authors, books and giveaways.

Nancy

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3 Responses to A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by Eileen Dreyer writing as Kathleen Korbel *Review*

  1. e says:

    Nancy,
    Oh, thank you!. That means so much to me. I admit I have a real soft spot for Walk. Something about those wounded heroes. I hope everybody else likes it as well. And best of luck to everybody in the drawing!
    my best
    Eileen

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