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The Talented Mr. Rivers

(Tough Love #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  515 ratings  ·  137 reviews
HelenKay Dimon’s suspenseful, provocative series of double agents and dark desire continues with a novel featuring two men bound by a dangerous job—and by the cravings they feel for each other.

As the son of an international crime lord, Will Rivers only inherited one thing after his father died: trouble. The Pentasus organization deals in kidnapping and murder, and Will wan
Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Loveswept
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
If you read book 1, you'll remember the youngest Rivers sibling, Will, and his bodyguard (*whispers* also undercover German intelligence agent), Hunter.

Hunter is the very definition of a German god: tall, blonde, unmovable. He and Will have been eye-fucking each other for months, and it all comes to a head *ahem* (pun not intended, I swear) when Hunter tracks down Will at a night club in Paris.

Hunter can't forget Will, and the obsession is mutual. Will, skirting the edges of his family's horri
Shin Mon Thway
The second book in the ”Tough Love” series of HelenKay Dimon is undoubtedly much faster-paced and thrilling than the first book. 😍 I heard a lot from my friends about having to struggle with the MC Fisher’s attitude in the first book ”Mr. and Mr. Smith” but lucky for us that both MCs from this book has no such attitude issues. This book picked up right from where the first book ended and includes all our favorite MCs and side characters from book1. 😉

Will Rivers, the youngest son of the notor
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-book-reviews

4.5 Stars!

The Talented Mr.Rivers is a riveting, action packed, suspense filled scorching hot love story of an undercover agent and his mark. This is the story of two men who are not supposed to fall in love but are helpless against it. This book gave me an amazing and unforgettable reading experience.

I loved this book. I loved everything about it. It has action, suspense, passion and two hot men. I loved Hunter and Will and the way their relationship progressed in the story. Right from the sta
4 Stars

The Talented Mr. Rivers is a fast-paced read, full of suspense, deception, intrigue and plenty of hot man-on-man loving.

It is definitely not a standalone read and should be read as part of the (newly titled) Tough Love series. Almost all of the players here - primary and secondary characters alike - were all solidly introduced in the first story (Mr. and Mr. Smith). It was great to have the gang all back, working together to bring down the Rivers family crime dynasty - a murderous organi
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
I have to say that this book was a surprise. While I was expecting a typical M/M hook up, the author gave us a suspenseful mafia style read with plenty of heated action between the two guys and loads of action between the rest of the guys.

With an interesting storyline, we are thrust into the world of undercover agents and the mafia wheeling and dealing. With surprising characters in Will and Hunter, the thrills and stress of the surroundings and situations caused plenty of of opportunity for som
I read Mr. and Mr. Smith, the first book in the "End of the Line" series and LOVED the MCs and the beginning and ending of the book. The middle is a long boring sequence where nothing happens, other than nefarious plotting and planning and lots of hot man sex. Then HelenKay Dimon brings it with a truly gripping ending.

Fast forward to The Talented Mr. Rivers, and the beginning of the book held my interest. The middle is a long boring sequence where nothing much happens, other than nefarious plot
R * A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

Starting where Mr. and Mr. Smith left off, this wastes no time in propelling the story forward.

Hunter Cain. Dutiful agent to the core, carrying out missions efficiently and ruthlessly, where nothing gets in the way of justice. He’s been tasked to gather intel and take down the crime syndicate Pentasus, which is brutally run by the Rivers family. He’ll use any means possible, even if it involves the (innocent?) youngest son of the family. Posing as Will’s bodyguard, his attraction to the
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Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
*3,5 stars*

This started out so well.
I loved the scenario of Hunter, the undercover agent, in love with Will, the son of a ruthless crime dynasty and potential heir to their business and fortune. The UST between the MCs was simmering away deliciously, the scope for hurt and anguish due to their situation was pretty epic.
Because how is Will going to react to Hunter when he finds out his true identity, and that Hunter played a major role in the downfall of his family? How will the budding feelin
Elle aka Leftie aka Shoebelle
*ARC received from publisher via Netgalley*

So, I picked this up right after I finished the first book in the series. No worries, it can stand alone, I think. Personally, I just enjoy reading in sequence as it adds to the overall experience of the series. And hmmm, this did pick up right where the first book ended, so maybe not...

Hunter was Will's bodyguard until that thing with his family all went amok. Now Will's in hiding. There was a pull between them right from the start but given Hunter's j
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
This book was not a complete win for me.
It was entertaining enough that I finished it but I didn't liked it.
The sex was ok. The story was a bit messy though, All of a sudden big characters were introduced and they played a big part when they weren't even mentioned in the first book.
Hunter and Will's love was believable I guess but I just wasn't invested, I just wanted to know how everything's gonna be wrapped up.

Oh oh! And there was that other character (i forgot his name dammit) it was clear
*I recommend reading book one before reading this 2nd installment.*

The Talented Mr. Rivers is a complete 180 in comparison to its predecessor. Everything book 1 lacked is present and accounted for in this sequel and I had a blast reading about Will and Hunter as a result.

To recap:

Book one ended with the demise of Will’s sister, the family home going up in flames and a power vacuum that needs to be refilled. (view spoiler)
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon, m-m
3.5 and rounded up due to Amazon rating system. Well, it was a little confusing at times, as I tried to figure out what everybody had done, were doing, planned to do... Hunter and Will had been around each other for a while before the night Fisher and the CIA blew up the house in the last book. Hunter has tracked Will down and now they’re in a safe house, with unexpected neighbors and unwanted visitors. The story started strong, with action scenes that end up with Hunter, Will and a handy wall t ...more
Veronica of V's Reads
This is the second book in a series, and is probably best enjoyed when read in order. This is M/M romantic suspense series, and each book features a new couple, but most are CIA-type agents.

Will Rivers is the youngest child in his nefarious crime family. In the first book we learned that his family ran Pentasus, a corporation known for human trafficking and murder-for-hire. The situation resulted in a huge fire-fight on the Rivers' estate and an explosion that killed Will's ailing father and mur
Sep 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
1,5 stars - see booklikes for review.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it

*3.5 stars*

I'm enjoying this series more and more.

The characters of Hunter and Will were not of any interest to me from their small parts in book 1 and I wasn't sure if I would be into their own book. I'm glad I gave it a chance.

The unlikely couple of and undercover agent posting as a bodyguard and the is-he-good-or-is-he-bad youngest son to a crime family had some really strong chemistry and the UST was off the charts.

As happened in the first book, there was lots of action and danger and intri
Tracie Payne
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-books
So this is a continuation of the story arc from Mr. and Mr. Smith. We met Hunter and Will in book 1 and we know there's some chemistry there and this picks up a couple weeks after that book ends. I have to say I liked this one a little more than the first one because we get to see the relationship bloom. Hunter was pretty tormented with his feelings and it was fun seeing him work through his issues. This had lots of action and we get to see the other guys from the previous book. Seth was hilario ...more
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-rom-suspense
--4.5 stars--

I loved Mr. & Mr. Smith the first book of this series that's why i was so happy and excited for Hunter and Will story.

This book didn't disappointed me, although i enjoyed Fisher & Zach more(because Fisher's intensity & possessiveness and the banter with Nathan & Seth was epic) Hunter and Will's chemistry was there so it was intense. i loved the sex scenes( the switch), i liked the suspense and the action so much.

Can't wait for the next book of this series. i loved to
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense-action, m-m
When The Talented Mr, Rivers became available to review it was a no-brainer for me : I had to read it. In this second book of the End Of The Line series, we are now following Hunter Cain and Will Rivers. Even though this book is starting with the ending scene of the first book, it can be read as a standalone. But do you a favor, read both of the books, you will have twice the fun.

All that I loved in the first book (Mr. and Mr. Smith) is back in there with a little bonus: a lot of steamy scenes.
Nadine Bookaholic
I have to say that I don't know who I liked more, Will or Hunter, they were both great characters and they each brought something unique to the relationship. Hunter is part of the German intelligence that is working with the CIA in order to bring down one of the biggest crime syndicates around, the unfortunate part about that is that it's Will's family (Dad, Brother, and sister). While Will has never had any part of the "family business" he has reaped the rewards of it by attending private schoo ...more
Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The Talented Mr. Rivers is the second novel in HelenKay Dimon's End of the Line/Tough Love series. I would recommend reading the first in the series before this one because the plot line follows where the last book left off. You will be seeing a lot of the same characters in this book. This book is about secret agents and a crime family so you can expect there to be some violence. I ended up liking this one a little more than the first one.

Will is the youngest member of the Rivers crime family,
Lightning review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon is the second book in her m/m romantic suspense series End of the Line. The series uses a powerful criminal enterprise, The Pentasus Organization, and the family who runs it, the Riverses, as its focal point. This book opens up after the events of Mr. and Mr. Smith when the Rivers family has suffered serious set backs and is on the run.

This series is about shifting alliances, double agents and falling for a
Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D

The Story

Will Rivers should be the poster guy for “flight of fight”. Born into a family of bloodthirsty and murderous people, all he ever wanted was to escape his family and his fate. After the CIA exploded his brother’s house on England, Will knows that his time is up and he must make a choice: to finally engage on The Pentasus, one of the
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
I was anxious for this one! The setup for these two in the first book had me hoping they'd get their story told. And what a story it was!

Fuck protocol! Hunter needed to find Will after the explosive ending to book 1. Regardless of what he was probably supposed to be doing this was his main focus.

Funny, it was Will's too.

This was exciting and the pages turned really fast.

I loved getting to see the team again but there was one missing and I was sad about that.

I think my favorite thing about this
Mollien Fote Osterman
Title: The Talented Mr. Rivers
Author: Helenkay Dimon
Series: Tough Love 2 or End of the Line #2
Publisher: Random House LLC, Loveswept
Reviewer: Mollien
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Genre(s): Gay Male Romance, Military
Page Count: Not available at time of review
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

HelenKay Dimon’s suspenseful, provocative series of double agents and dark desire continues with a novel featuring two men bound by a dangerous job—and by the cravings they feel fo
Ralou by Collector Of Book Boyfriends


Once again Dimon offers another amazing M/M story which grabs your heart and makes it shore. I will never get tired of reading her irresistible guy relationships because they have a passion and beauty I can't resist.

The Talented Mr. Rivers is the second installment in the Tough Love series and although it can be read as a standalone, it's not recommend it. It contains some moments and info from the first book, Mr. And Mr. Smith, and though they are explained, it's b
Barb ~rede-2-read~
First and foremost, this can easily be read as a standalone novel. I did not read the first book in the series (Mr. and Mr. Smith), and that didn’t affect my understanding of this story at all. In fact, as I met the intriguing MCs from the first book during this one, I decided I’m going to have to go back and read book one purely for the pleasure of witnessing how those outwardly tough and aloof men met and fell in love.

In this story, when we first meet Will Rivers, he’s finally exposing his lo
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Being a criminal is all in the interpretation when it comes to Will Rivers. He is one of the remaining children of a crime lord. He's trying to find his footing after he escapes being killed. When Hunter finds him again, Will is sent into a tailspin. This open secret of Hunter being one of the good guys undercover as a bad guy is a bit amusing. It is a little side tangent which enhances the chemistry between Will and Hunter. For Hunter to be so by the book, especially with his tortured past and ...more
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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 cont ...more

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