Friday, September 9, 2022

Dangerous Beauty by Melissa Koslin: Book Review

 **I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

Liliana Vela hates the term victim. She's not a victim, she's a fighter. Stubborn and strong with a quiet elegance, she's determined to take back her life after escaping the clutches of human traffickers in her poor Mexican village. But she can't stay safely over the border in America--unless the man who aided in her rescue is serious about his unconventional proposal to marry her.

Meric Toledan was just stopping at a service station for a bottle of water. Assessing the situation, he steps in to rescue Liliana from traffickers. If he can keep his secrets at bay, his wealth and position afford him many resources to help her. But the mysterious buyer who funded her capture will not sit idly by while his prize is stolen from him.

Melissa Koslin throws you right into the middle of the action in this high-stakes thriller that poses the question: What is the price of freedom?

Melissa Koslin is a fourth-degree black belt in and certified instructor of Songahm Taekwondo. In her day job as a commercial property manager, she secretly notes personal quirks and funny situations, ready to tweak them into colorful additions for her books. The author of Never Miss, Melissa lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband, Corey. Find more information on her books at

Wow! Talk about a read! 

From page one, Dangerous Beauty had me absolutely at the edge of seat, wanting to know what was going to happen next. Even in the slower moments, I never knew when the action would start again... and I absolutely could not stop reading. Given the subject matter, this was actually quite surprising.

This is not the first book that I have read that takes on the subject of human trafficking... far from it, really. Typically, I find that when I am reading books on that subject, I find myself needing to step away for periods of time as they tend to weight very heavily on me. Dangerous Beauty did not shy away from the tough stuff, far from it... and yet I didn't feel that heaviness that I so often do. This book brought a much needed awareness to an important topic, and it did so with a message of grace and healing. I also found it to be quite the unique take on a marriage of convenience, and I loved the sweet romance between Meric and Liliana.

Overall, I found this to be a fantastic read and one that fans of romantic suspense are sure to want to experience for themselves. 


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