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Dead Man's Curve

(The Gates #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Coming in from the cold is the only choice for Sinclair Solano, once a fiery young radical turned CIA double agent turned fugitive. Not only must he free his kidnapped sister from the rebels he betrayed, but he also must clear his name. And neither will be easy with beautiful FBI agent Ava Trent dogging his trail. Seeing no other option, Sin uneasily joins forces with Ava ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2014)
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Nov 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Carmen by: Harlequin
What? WHAT??!!?!?!?

This is NOT a romance novel. How can they sell this as a romance novel when it clearly is NOT one?

This is a book about Sinclair Solano. He joined a revolutionary group called El Cambio when he was in his early 20s. He is slated as a big, bad terrorist who enjoys blowing things (and people) up. But what nobody really knows is that he is a CIA agent.

Also, everyone thinks that he's dead - killed in an explosion that he himself set.

Ava Trent is a Kentucky-born FBI agent investigat
Terrific beginning to the new series. Ava has come to town to investigate the kidnapping of Alicia and Gabe Cooper. While there she catches a glimpse of a man she thought was dead - Sinclair Solano, who just happens to be Alicia's brother. She had known him years earlier, before she became an agent and before he became what appeared to be a terrorist. He was on the most wanted list before his "death" and she's not about to let him get away now.

The action is intense and almost nonstop from the be
Paula Legate
I really enjoyed this book. It is action packed, and the plot moves along at a fast pace. The suspense is good, and I loved the romance between Ava, and Sinclair.
Ava is a FBI agent, and was called in when a couple got kidnapped from a hotel. Ava was walking the grounds of the hotel when she looks into the woods, and spots Sinclair. It can't be, her eyes must be playing tricks on her. 8 years ago she and Sin had a brief affair. Afterwards he died in a explosion. She couldn't possibly see a dead
Most of the book is over about a 3-day period in the woods. FBI agent Ava has been called in to investigate the disappearance of Gabe and Alica Cooper (from The Man from Gossamer Ridge). The action starts quickly as Ava thinks she spots a "ghost" from her past in the crowd outside the crime scene. She had met Sinclair "Sin" Solano 8 years earlier in Mariposa and they spent a week together before he blew her off the last day of her vacation. She heard he then became a terrorist, so she keeps tabs ...more
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is always a good day when I get to start reading a new series by Paula Graves. Dead Man's Curve is the start of a new miniseries by Paula Graves called The Gates. In typical Paula Graves style the plot is fast paced, the bad guys are really bad, and the passion between the hero and heroine simmers beneath the surface. I was talking to the book the whole time,"Duck! Get out of there! Kiss her!", which means for me it was a winner. The dialogue is crisp and is funny, though the hero and heroine ...more
Emily Higgins
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, suspense
Sinclair Solano has worked for years as an undercover CIA agent trying to stop terrorists in South America. Now on U.S. soil, Sin encounters a woman with whom he fell in love before his work for the CIA. Ava Trent is now a FBI agent charged with capturing the terrorists working in the U.S. Sin must convince Ava that he is working on her side while trying to bring the terrorists to justice and free his sister.
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Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
I almost gave this book one star. I didn't like it. I have read many of these harlequin's lately (one of my sisters gave me three bags full). This one was terrible in my opinion. There was much romance in it. The book had killing, kidnapping, jungle type fighting, guns blazing, beatings, etc. I didn't like the characters. The female lead Ava, was supposed to be a FBI agent. She tried to be 'tough' and independent. It didn't ring true in the story line. She kept making mistakes-one of the last th ...more
Debbie Heaton
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
In Graves’ romantic suspense novel, Sinclair Solano is deep undercover with the CIA. A double agent turned fugitive, he is forced to come in from his assignment after his sister is kidnapped by the rebels he betrayed. Determined to clear his name and save his sister, things become even more challenging as he finds FBI agent Ava Trent hot on his trial. With no other choice available. Sinclair joins forces with Ava in an attempt to bring justice home.

A fast-paced introduction to The Gates series.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ava is an FBI agent this is in Tennessee looking for a kidnapped couple. While out in the parking lot looking around at the people gathered she sees a "ghost". Sin is supposed to be dead. Killed three years ago...She goes looking for him in the woods and while doing that is almost killed by radicals that are after Sin.. They have to hide as long as they can from these bad dudes. The Coopers arrive in town to find their brother and sister in law...They all band together to get Gabe and his wife b ...more
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"An all-around enjoyable read with engaging characters, this has a compelling storyline, smart dialogue and a believable romance that doesn’t feel rushed" (RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars).

Miniseries: The Gates
Maureen Hubley
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book the 1st in a new series "THE GATES"
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received 4 1/2 stars @ RT Book Reviews
Miniseries: The Gates
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Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Super read. Action, suspense, romance, and COOPERS.
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