Detained by Ainslie Paton – Review

From one of Australia’s hottest new authors comes a story about an international scandal, a billionaire, and a fearless reporter who might just save the day…

Confined in a cold, dull room in the depths of a Shanghai airport, a journalist chasing a career break and a businessman with a shadowy past play a game of truth or dare — deliberately not exchanging names.

They tell each other their most painful secrets and burning desires. One dare leads to a kiss and a wild night of illicit passion, setting off a dangerous sequence of events, bringing exposure and disgrace.

Only the brutal truth can save them. But it will also rip them apart. And it will take more than daring before they can build a new truth together.

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Ainslie Paton is a corporate storyteller working in marketing, public relations and advertising.

She’s written about everything from the African refugee crisis and Toxic Shock Syndrome, to high-speed data networks and hamburgers.

She writes cracking, hyper-real contemporary romances.

As AA Paton she writes slightly more out there romances with twisty plots and wild settings. There’s more about AA at

She lives in Sydney, Australia, not far from the beach and blogs at:

My Review – 

Detained is a book full of twists and turns, and most you will not see coming. How do you write a book review without giving away everything? This book is full of action and love and just so many happenings and emotions that to try to not give out spoilers would be impossible.

Darcy Campbell is a reporter on a story and Will, a businessman, is out to keep his life private. The two collide in a Shanghai airport and life will never be the same. The story takes off like a roller-coaster and doesn’t stop until the last page. It is well-written, the characters well formed, and the POV switch is done quite smoothly.

This is a great book well worth a five-star rating.

Darcy Campbell sat on her hands. The posture wasn’t pretty outside primary school but it was effective. A better alternative to violence. It was the bodily equivalent of biting her tongue. She did that too. After the screaming match she’d had with Gerry in the corridor, she knew Mark didn’t need any excuse to regret his decision.

Mark Mason was a study in cool angry. He channelled plugged volcano, but his eyebrows had knitted. A hint the eruption, if it came, would be devastating.

It was business as usual to see Gerry frothing at the mouth. Mostly his lather was theatrical. It was designed to remind everyone he was the paper’s most senior correspondent. But right now it was downright rabid.

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” – Confucius

“Before you embard on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” – Confucius

“He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.” – Confucius

“Life is simple. We insist on make it complicated. What if he remembers he loves you?”

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

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