The Negotiator by HelenKay Dimon

The Negotiator by HelenKay Dimon

The Negotiator by HelenKay DimonSeries: Games People Play #2.5
Publisher: Avon | HarperCollins
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Contemporary
Pages: 128
Release Date: November 14th 2017
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Summary: Lauren Gallagher’s life changed almost three years ago. After her husband disappeared at sea, she was left with a failing pleasure boat company and more than a few secrets. Now, after years spent rebuilding the business and paying off the pile of debts, she finally feels in control. But when she finds her husband, actually dead, on the floor, she becomes the leading suspect in his murder investigation.

Garrett McGrath wants Lauren in his bed, not his heart. He doesn’t do emotions, but every time he sees her, holding himself back gets harder and harder. When Lauren comes under suspicion for killing her previously presumed-dead husband, he knows he has to help her, any way he can.

But as the danger becomes more intense and Garret and Lauren grow closer than either planned, they’re in danger of losing everything…including their hearts.

My Thoughts

The Negotiator is a quick, fast-paced contemporary romance filled with sexy banter, angsty-drama, and intriguing action. Lauren Gallagher and Garrett McGrath were fascinating as individuals but even more compelling as a couple in danger, both physically and emotionally. The two fought so hard to give in to their attraction and yet, their own personal doubts and demons, continued to place a bomb-ticking wedge between them. And the danger and mystery surrounding Lauren and her former husband only exacerbated the issues they faced.

While I would’ve loved to see this story get a few more pages for increased development and deeper characterization, the tale itself was easy to follow, entertaining, and enjoyable. I liked the characters and plot overall, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the Games People Play series.

4 Stars


HelenKay Dimon is a divorce lawyer-turned-romance author. After dedicating years to helping people terminate relationships she now writes romance novels full time. Her books have earned praise, appeared on bestseller lists, won numerous awards and twice been named Red-Hot Reads and excerpted in Cosmo. She sometimes writes erotic romance, sometimes writes romantic suspense and sometimes writes contemporary romance. But no matter what she’s writing her books are always filled with smart banter and sexy times, and a HEA is guaranteed.

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