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Defy You (Cole Brothers #6) by Diana A. Hicks

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Wrong place, right time…

After a long volunteering stint in South Africa, hot shot doctor Zack Cole is ready to move on with his life and get his residency job back. At his brother’s engagement party things take an unexpected turn when he finds himself kissing a beautiful guest.

With a bad case of mistaken identity, a passionate kiss he can’t stop thinking about, and a marriage proposal, this gorgeous stranger turns his carefully constructed world upside down.

Former cartel accountant turned spy, Rebecca Smith is desperate to stay in the states; returning to Venezuela would be a death sentence for sure. Her only hope is for the steamy doctor to accept her twelve-month deal.

Rebecca needs a fake husband to get a green card and stay alive. But will pretending to love him for a whole year break her heart for real?


Unfortunately, this is the last of the Cole Brothers series, but it was just as steamy and suspenseful as the others. It was nice to finally read about Zack and Rebecca’s marriage of convenience and the whole Venezuelan cartel fiasco that was touched on in the other books.

Rebecca is running for her life and she needs a husband fast. If she doesn’t get a green card in 30 days, she will be sent back to Venezuela to face a cartel war.  In the meantime, she is staying with the Cole family due to the help she received from Wesley Cole, the marine who saved her life. At her wit’s end to find a fake husband, she thought maybe Wesley would help so during his brother’s engagement party she tries to seduce him. Little did she know that she wasn’t kissing Wesley, but his twin brother, Zack, the heart surgeon. Realizing that she can’t put Zack in any more danger, she drugs him and decides to help a friend only to be kidnapped by one of the men she was running from. Will Zack be able to save her in time?

Zack Cole was hiding from his ex-fiancee and her new husband when a beautiful woman steps out of the shadows and starts kissing him. He’d never had a response like that with any woman and he wanted to know more about her.  When he finds she needs a fake husband he convinces her that a marriage of convenience may be beneficial to him as well to get his residency back at the hospital in Atlanta. Her life is in danger and he wants to keep her safe, but at what cost?

Rebecca and Zack have incredible magnetic chemistry which adds a steamy side to a very suspense-filled and fast-paced story.  Zack’s calm and collected demeanor is a great compliment to Rebecca’s anxiety and fear.  He’s actually taking on a lot with her dangerous background and people out to get her, but he takes his commitment seriously and protects her the best that he can. As for the Cole family, they all will go to any lengths to help a brother and sister-in-law in need whether it be planning a wedding in 24 hours or gathering a group of marines to prevent a war in a foreign country.

Again, I’m sorry the Cole Brothers series is ending, but I am looking forward to reading more books from Diana Hicks. If you enjoy big sexy heroes with strong, sassy heroines, please give this book, and the whole series, a try.

Thank you to Ms. Hicks for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Diana HicksDiana A. Hicks is an award-winning author of steamy contemporary romance with a touch of suspense. Book two in her Desert Monsoon series, LOVE OVER LOGIC, won the 2019 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Romance – Suspense genre

When Diana is not writing, she enjoys kickboxing, traveling, and indulging in the simple joys of life like wine and chocolate. She lives in Atlanta and loves spending time with her two children and husband. Connect with Diana on social media to stay up to date on her latest releases.

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