Dangerous Desire by Diane Escalera



Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Lyrical Press

My Copy: Sent for review

Sienna Diaz is desperate to find her missing beagle, no matter what it costs. She hires Cruz Santino, the best-and hottest-in the business. He’s an ex cop, dangerous on many levels, which comes in handy when all evidence indicates her beloved pet was snatched to use in a dogfighting ring.

Cruz will do whatever it takes to find Sienna’s lost pet, but he also wants results from the smokin’ hot attraction between them-and he isn’t above breaking his own hands-off-clients rule to get there. However, until he brings her beloved beagle home safely, he won’t have Sienna’s undivided attention…and affection.


Dangerous Desire gave me a story that was unique, which I always enjoy. For that alone I liked it right off the bat. The characters of Sienna and Cruz were so cute together. I loved that they were a bit older than the age group you get when reading most romances. At the upper end of 30, Sienna isn’t thinking about meeting a man. In fact she has kinda sworn them off. Actually she’s had a horrible day ending with finding her dog gone and her house ransacked.

Cruz is the best pet detective in town. Nothing gets in his way. Except the bombshell that just showed up distraught over her missing beagle. Clues are pointing to an old foe and a dog fighting ring. Sienna is beside herself with worry over her precious pup and Cruz will stop nothing to bring her back to the woman he is growing to love.

This was a cute contemporary romance with a suspense type undercurrent. I found it to be well wrote and there wasn’t any long lags that I found while reading it. The only thing that bugged me isn’t very understood, even by me. I love my dogs. Don’t get me wrong. I have two myself. Now if I knew without a shadow of a doubt up front that I was dealing with a dog fighting ring…sure…I’d go all out. If I just came home  and found my dog gone and my house ransacked? Well I dunno. I’m not exactly made of money you know? Hiring a pet detective would be a bit out of my price range. So in that respect I had to ask…would someone who had just found out they were losing their job, only had a decent savings to float them for a while, hire someone pricey to find their dog? Past that I loved the book.

Cruz, being a former cop, had a lot going for him. I enjoyed his attitude and loyalty. His guilt over the death of his friend a few years prior still eating at him was a heartfelt emotion. I felt bad for him and was rooting for Sienna to finally get him to move past something he had no control over.

I enjoyed Sienna’s sensuality and her ability to just talk to Cruz. I loved their interactions because they felt real. She was incredibly well rounded and held steadfast to her beliefs. Coupled with the secondary characters of both their friends I found the cast to be complete. I did wish we would have gotten to know Sienna’s college age daughter a bit more, but there is a slight set up for another book..so maybe….

Dangerous Desire is a sweet romance with enough heat to have you anticipating the next foray into sexiness. I really enjoyed this book, if you like contemporary romance with some seriously luscious guys, you need to read Dangerous Desire!


I give dangerous Desire by Diane Escalera 4 stars!



  1. Wow! I love this review! Thank you so much. I really wanted to do something different with this book, and I’m thrilled that you acknowledged the unique plot. Dogfighting was a risky subject, but I had to take the chance because I really believed in this story.

  2. I loved the review also. An ex cop. Cops are sexy. Even though he is no longer a cop, you know that he feels he needs to still protect and serve. I love cop and firefighters. They have that protect response. I love to be protected. Also cops are that alpha male that I love so much.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. Diane is a new author for me and would love to win and read this book to check out her stuff.

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