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Shades of Passion

(Special Investigations Group (SIG) #3)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Shades of the past

Detective Simon Granger has devoted his life to solving high-risk cases, and he's vowed never again to get involved with a woman whose work is equally as dangerous. But when the Special Investigations Group teams him with a beautiful psychiatrist , his resolve is shattered by the tense and emotionally charged partnership.... 

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Harlequin HQN (first published January 1st 2013)
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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
3 Stars...You will learn a lot about the homeless and mentally ill.

Two people reluctantly participate in an evaluation of SFPD’s handling of the homeless and mentally ill. Each has experienced profound grief from tragic circumstances beyond their control. Enter the serial killer.

Detective Simon Granger feels contempt for shrinks. There isn’t any time for understanding when an insane perpetrator is threatening the life of a hostage. A life is on the line. Dr. Nina Whitaker once worked with crisis
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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”Ms. Depaul did not disappoint, she delivered another excellent romantic suspense novel. Shades of Passion is a great addition to the SIG series.” ~Under The Covers

Ms. Depaul did not disappoint, she delivered another excellent romantic suspense novel. Shades of Passion is a great addition to the SIG series.

Detective Simon Granger and Dr. Nina Whitaker both had tragic losses that were related to mental illness. Unfortunately, their points of views are from opposite sides.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: earc, kindle
This is book 3 in the Special Investigations Group series or SIG as it is often referred to in the books. We met Simon in book one and got a little more of him in book two when the woman he had been involved with was murdered. Now he finds himself face to face with a woman who looks quite a bit like Lana, the woman he lost and she is a psychiatrist as well just like Lana. Now what? He's stuck with her shadowing him on the job but being close to her is dangerous for various reasons he doesn't wan ...more
Delilah Stephans
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay - I preordered this book thinking it was in another series by the author - BUT, I LOVED it! There were so many possibilities who the bad guy was, that I was totally blown away by WHO it was. It is always a special joy to find a series by an author you've read that you were totally unaware of. I'm currently debating buying the earlier books. That doesn't mean I couldn't follow who was who, or there were things that "you need to read the entire series to get" - because the book is completely ...more
The third book in the SIG series was an OK read.
Both the characters - Simon and Nina were strong characters with strong personalities. I enjoyed their characters.
Suspense was not much interesting , but was fine as a sub plot of the book. There were lot of technical psychiatric a point, was bit dragging but knowledgeable.
Is there any book for DeMarco?
Stephanie  G
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
SIG Lead Detective Simon Granger and Nina Whitaker met at a hospital in San Francisco where she worked as a Psychiatrist. Simon was leaving a mandatory session with a therapist when he received an urgent call that a mentally ill child kidnapper was being held in the Emergency Room in the same hospital. He tried to get back in to the therapist office but all outside doors were locked and the receptionist was gone, however at the same time Nina was leaving her office and he grabbed her by the arm ...more
Lloyd Russell
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Virna DePaul's Shades of Passion - Very Solid Sequel to Shades of Desire
Let me start by saying that back on January 13 I gave Virna DePaul's Shades of Desire a 3.0 (out of 4), even though I was leaning toward a 3.5. And the reason was a few spots where I thought the writing was a little confusing. Well, that certainly didn't happen in Shades of Passion. I thought the writing was better throughout. This is a solid 3.5. Nice job, Virna!

Shades of Passion is another book from Harlequin's romantic su
Christi Snow
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
A- rating...
This is a book that kept me guessing all the way through. At first, I wondered how in the world Virna DePaul was going to turn it into a romantic novel when the hero was so torn up about his former girlfriend's death, but then the last half of the novel was spent trying to figure out who in the world was the bad guy...btw, I never did figure it out until it was revealed in the novel. This book is a great romantic suspense. All the clues are there, but I was NEVER able to pi
Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind
Nina is on the run from her past. After the death of one of her patients and the subsequent fall out she flees to the other side of the country to start over again. She meets SIG Agent, Simon, who is running from his past as well. His ex girlfriend, a psychiatrist, was murdered 6 months ago by a man she was trying to help and he’s been trying to tell himself he’s fine ever since. He’s never dealt with the emotional aspect and now his work is starting to suffer.

When Nina starts getting threatened
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Shades of Passion is the third book in Virna DePaul’s romantic suspense series. The SIG, Special Investigations Group is part of the California Department of Justice. The series focus is on the men and women of the group and the crimes they are investigating. I think one could easily read the books in this series as stand-alone novels. The roles the characters of the previous books play would just make the reader curious about them, thus to go back and read their book. The events of the previous ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shades of Passion is the third book in the SIG series, the series centres around the men and women who work in the Special Investigations Group and the crimes they solve.

Detective Simon Granger is struggling to come to terms with the horrific death of his ex-girlfriend Lana. When it starts to interfere with his work he is asked to see a therapist. Dr Nina Whitaker is a psychologist who has a lot in common with Lana, from their looks to their work ethics and beliefs. When circumstances bring her
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Poor Simon, could this be happening? YES! So, you'd better buckle up because you are in for one heck of a steamy, riveting ride. Once again Virna delivers a love story full of good guys getting kicked in the teeth over and over again but never failing to get up time after time and those bad nasty guys you never really decipher till it's too late and, when you do, you just want to lock them away for ever. This book is so well written that I feel I lost my calling as a cop. Yeah OK, who am I kiddi ...more
Nichole ~Bookaholic~
Hmmm, not sure how to write my review without giving anything away…..

I thought this was an excellent romantic suspense. Nina was a strong character and while some of her responses to situations seemed unrealistic to her profession, it worked in the story. While I really liked Simon it felt like his response to her profession was a bit over the top, understandable but it just seemed a bit overkill. Lots of clues to keep you guessing “who done it” and while I did not figure it out early I figured
Glenda Bettin
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow sure hope there is more of this series. I want DeMarco's story
Jillian Stein
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Full review can be found here:

".... really enjoyed this story. I found the mystery surrounding Nina and her past intriguing and thought it was developed well throughout the story. I also thought questions were answered at the perfect points through the book. The buildup of the facts lead you in one direction, but you knew there had to be a twist, and there was a terrific one! (my lips are sealed!) The chemistry between Nina and Simon was really well-devel
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Shades of Passion is the third book in Virna DePaul's Special Investigations Group (SIG) series, a series that I have enjoyed immensely so far. Shades of Passion didn't hold as well as the first two book in the series, though the edgy suspense did keep me turning the pages. It teemed with sexual tension that brought the romance to life while the intrigue of the story kept me guessing until the end. However, the redundant dialogue and cringe-worthy actions on the heroines part kept this book from ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
The mystery was complex and interesting, but the romance felt off. There was way too much "straight talking" and semi analyzing each other. Yes, they had a physical connection but even that felt a little forced. I never felt anything sexy or romantic - even a good friendship vibe - with the couple. They were work colleagues who were hot for each other. I recently read another murder mystery where the potential victim fell in love with the police psychiatrist. The relationship there was weird too ...more
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love this series. I like that the characters struggle with emotions, but don't let it derail them for agonizing months of separation, yada, yada, blah, blah. I like that they jump in and "get the job done" but are still fearful, in both life and love. I'm glad that Simon got his happy ending, and didn't hide behind his feelings for Lana to deny his feelings for Nina. Yay, happy endings. This one was a little less direct action, but still wonderfully suspenseful.
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fast-paced, lots of plot twists and turns. Oh, and lots of heat between the hero and heroine. I recommend :-)
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Special Investigations Group, book 3
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Elizabet Luna
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love this book
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The story of this was amazing , who dunit and lust
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A former prosecutor, Virna DePaul writes "heat, heart, & HEA" for Harlequin and Random House. She is also a bestselling Indie author, with Bedding The Wrong Brother being a top 100 contemporary romance on Amazon with over 150 5* reviews.

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