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A Deadly Business

(Vigilance #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Someone to watch over her . . .
Her life in beautiful Arrowhead Bay seems like paradise. But for former CIA operative Marissa Hayes, it’s a deep cover she’s forced to live under after daring to take down a powerful enemy with strong terrorist ties. Out of necessity, she keeps her emotions as guarded as her life, even as she finds herself drawn to Justin Kelly, the most a
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Published August 21st 2018 by Lyrical Liaison
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Caitlyn Lynch
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marissa isn’t who she used to be… literally. Two years ago she was Lauren, accountant to one of the wealthiest (and dirtiest) businessmen in London. Recruited by the CIA from the world of high finance to bring Stefan Maes down, she did her job almost too well - and yet not quite well enough. Maes lost most of his billions, but didn’t go to prison, and now Lauren is top of his hit list. Changing her identity and hiding out under the protection of Vigilance, she’s sent into hiding on a tropical is ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even this is a third instalment of the series it is perfect as a standalone too.
The characters from the first 2 books are making their appearances shortly but the book is only for Marissa and Justin. I loved the story and the main characters kept my attention and I stayed late reading it all the way to the end.
Eva Millien
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Release Week Review! A Deadly Business (Vigilance #3) Desiree Holt!  

Someone to watch over her . . . Her life in beautiful Arrowhead Bay seems like paradise. But for former CIA operative Marissa Hayes, it’s a deep cover she’s forced to live under after daring to take down a powerful enemy with strong terrorist ties. Out of necessity, she keeps her emotions as guarded as her life, even as she finds herself drawn to Justin Kelly, the most arousing man she’s ever met. But when Marissa must find a
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Deadly Business is the perfect title for this addition to the Vigilance family. Former CIA operative Marissa Hayes has been living in Arrowhead Bay since her cover was blown as she took down a cruel criminal mastermind. She isn’t a femme fatale or super soldier she is great at finances and that is how the CIA took all his ill-gotten gains. He is not a happy camper and has vowed revenge. Former SEAL Justin Kelly knows she is hiding something but like a true hunter he has patience and will wait ...more
Angel Hatfield
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marissa was meeting with Valentin Desmot again even though she could not stand the thought of being near himat their weekly dinner but it was part of her job. - she was undercover for the CIA. Desmet had a cruelty in his eyes that Marissa didn’t miss. Eventually he finally referred Marissa to Maes. Marissa had told the CIA she would do whatever was needed to bring down Maes who founded the terrorists and fermented revolutions in Third World Countries.Marissa had been doing this for three years n ...more
Denise H
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Deadly Business is the third installment in the Vigilance series and just as awesome as the first two. It is a fast-paced romantic suspense that will hold you in its grasp from beginning to end. We once again get to visit Arrowhead Bay and the team from Vigilance as they work to protect a former CIA operative now in hiding from the bad guys she tried to take down while undercover for the agency.

Changing her name to hide, Marissa moves to Arrowhead Bay to get lost in the quiet life. With only
Whispers From
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marissa goes undercover as an accountant for the CIA to take down a man connected to terrorist. After three years they have most of what they need and her cover is blown. Now she’s been hiding in Arrowhead Bay for two years running an art gallery. Justin is a former SEAL and now works for Vigilance, a security business. He starts teaching Marissa kickboxing and falls for her but he doesn’t know about her past. When Marissa feels like she’s being watched, she finds out that the guy she took down ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fake life lived overseas for 3 years. A life lived in hiding today. Still, it's a really nice life that Marissa Hayes has in Arrowhead Bay. Until the day she's discovered and her life is put in danger. Justin has been fighting his feelings for Marissa and he's pretty sure she's been doing the same. Then, she's assigned to him to protect and they are spirited away to a couple's paradise. Things could be a lot worse. Ooops. Sexy time gets interrupted when the man who is hunting her decides to cr ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got hooked on Holt's Vigilance series and eagerly awaited A Deadly Business. In this entry to the series, former CIA-operative Marissa changed her identity and now lives in Arrowhead Bay in order to escape retaliation from one of the world's most notorious criminals. Now, years later, her 'spider-sense' alerts her that visitors in her town know who she is. She alerts Vigilance, and they swiftly move her to an island to hide. Justin, an agent with Vigilance, has been attracted to Marissa for a ...more
a deadly business is a wonderful romantic suspense story. when justin kelly is assigned to protect marissa hayes from a big, bad terrorist. she's been in witness protection since her cover was blown the last time the cia tried to bring him down.

since he's known her, justin has been drawn to marissa. when he learns the extent of her bravery he's even more attracted to her. and he'll also do anything and everything to keep her safe. when she's made by two customers at her art gallery, marissa is f
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really, really enjoyed the story in this book -the bad guy was just, so, bad, and colourful, he made it for me!

Marissa had her cover blown while working as a financial analyst for the CIA to take down a bad guy. She did get enough on said bad guy to take him down, but not all the way. She has been in hiding with Vigilance keeping her cover. Justin works for vigilance, and he and Marissa have been dancing around their attraction for a while. Once it looks like the bad guy has found her, Justin
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Deadly Business is book three in the Vigilance series.
Marissa has her life in her version of a normal pattern, at least as normal as can be for an ex CIA operative currently in hiding. But given the circumstances she is lucky to be where she has made friends and even has a flicker of attraction for someone. Yet even when things seem okay everything can go wonky. And when Marissa is forced into hiding with the only man to create a spark in the last five years were bound to get flames.
Justin is
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Lackluster and contrived

I read this author several years ago and liked her well enough that she was on my read list. However, I haven't read anything of hers in the recent pasy so I haven't read the earlier books in this series. I don't feel like I have missed anything. First off, it took more than one false start for me to get into the story. I didn't find it that engaging. After some perseverance, I made to the . . . ah . . . Exciting(?) part. Even tne bloody (No, that is not a British cuss w
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Action packed romance

I've enjoyed Desiree Holt's Vigilance series and A Deadly Business was a great addition to that series which can easily be read well as a stand alone.
I liked that Marissa was a strong woman and thought she and Justin had serious chemistry.
The action kept me on the edge of my chair making me anxious to see what would happen next. I've been reading Desiree Holt literally for decades and she always delivers an excellent read.
I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley.
Jess Lawson
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Deadly Business by Desiree Holt is the third book in the Vigilance series. This series suspenseful and amazing. I have loved all three and they can all be read as a standalone! The excitement in this book is a page turner. You get the soft feel of a woman who has began to turn her life around and no longer live the life of a CIA agent and then bam out of no where she is forced right back into the life she thought she left behind. Justin and Marissa face danger very well together. I loved the s ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying this series! Justin & Marissa are both wonderful characters who are strong and capable making for a very smart and sexy read! They have such sizzling chemistry but will their intense attraction and passion continue once the danger passes or is it fueled by their situation?
This is such a great story with edge of your seat suspense and hot sexy times making it the perfect romantic suspense.

Thank you to Netgalley for this ARC!!
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Desiree Holt has done an amazing job bringing this book to life. The scenes are descriptive and detailed and it really pulls this story together fabulously and it really shows how amazing this author is at writing this genre. The characters also had me hooked right from the beginning and really kept me on the edge of seat waiting to see what happens next. Absolutely loved this book and can’t wait for more books to come. Totally recommend
Karen Roma
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Deadly Business is the next gripping instalment in Desiree Holt’s Vigilance series and provides the same level of action, danger and intrigue as the previous books have. Justin and Marissa are wonderful characters, with strong personas and some serious chemistry to boot. And you’ve gotta love a really good bad guy; and Ms Holt definitely makes this one a stand out in his class. I’m looking forward to the next action-packed, edge of your seat addition to this thrilling series.
Marissa Hayes has lived a life in hiding for 3 years overseas. It was a pretty good life all things considered. But nothing stays a secret for long and Marissa's life is in danger. Justin and Marissa have been fighting their feelings for each other, until he is assigned to protect her. But of course the bad guy is still after her, so Justin steps up to protect her. Desiree Holt writes such intriguing books, that you just can't put down. I received this book from the author to read and review.
Miriam Wolfe
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

I have read the other books in the Vigilance series and enjoyed each one. This book can be read as a stand alone as there are only a few mentions of the previous characters and a great deal of explanation so you are not missing anything if this is your first book in the series.

Marissa is hiding out in Arrowhead Bay after her CIA mission is ended when she is exposed as an agent. She has been working with Justin to keep up on her self defense skills a
Tracie R
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally
Action, suspense and romance, A Deadly Business, is the third book in the Vigilance series and is everything I have come to enjoy from Ms Holt and more. Justin and Marissa are great character and the gripping storyline made this an amazing read. I look forward to reading many more books by this author
Victoria B
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have read from this author. I did not know this was a book 3 in the series when I started reading and I do not feel like I missed anything by not reading the first 2 books in the series but I do plan on going back and reading them. This is a good book, plenty of action, suspense and some oh so hot moments. I would recommend this book.
Erin OBrien
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sexy and fast-paced suspense/romance. Justin and Marissa are thrust into a situation they might not live through. I was on the edge of my seat from the very beginning. A definite page-turner.
5 stars!
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Marissa and Justin really had the absolute worst luck in this book, and were put through the ringer. The plot was engaging, albeit a little bit far-fetched, and the characters were somewhat interesting. I enjoyed the book while I was reading it, but it was somewhat forgettable.
Kathy Bushrow
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Deadly Business, by Desireè Holt, is full of action, mystery, crime syndicates and love interests. Desireè Holt's style of writing will keep you on the edge of your seat as you stay riveted to this book. A must read!
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book very much. will read more by this author.
Rebecca Burgess
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the story. What could go wrong when you have a hit out on you? Especially if you have a good looking bodyguard. Can he save your life and can you guard your heart?
Jessica Brittain
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great read!! I loved the action, chemistry, passion and strong roles!! The characters are strong and passionate and in control!! Must read!!
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read
Steve Bender
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. It was a fast moving thriller that kept me going to the end. It was also a romance with some vfery hot scenes. I enjoyed this tale and recommend it.
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