I love the feeling of never knowing what I’m going to get when I try a ‘new to me’ author or a new series. In this case, it was both a new author and book and it delivered the goods. The book didn’t stop from start to finish whether it was the time-is-running-out style case everyone was working on or the crackling with tension romance.
Kay finds herself kidnapped and in the middle of something really big after her job as CPS worker made her the last to see the lone witness to a drug trafficking ring alive. She gets away. Now they’re after her and its only with the help of the man who loved her and left her along with their other old friends that she can be protected from the danger long enough to solve the case.
Ex-Navy SEAL Nate Wolfe had a rough war that he barely came back from mentally and he’s been home trying to heal from it all while contracting for jobs with the government and starting up a detective agency. All the while, he has kept his eye on Kaysie from a distance. He knows she has reason to hate his guts, but that doesn’t matter now that her life is in danger. He’ll do anything to keep her safe and as he spends time close to her he realizes that walking away afterwards will be tougher than he thought. He’d done it once in the past, but now it might be impossible even if that is what Kaysie wants him to do.
As I mentioned before, the plot and pace on this one were nearly perfect. The heightened sense of danger and mystery behind the bad guys and my own personal disgust for their crimes had me engaged from the get go. At times, the suspense part of the plot kept me more enthralled than the romance and that’s saying something because usually romance is the big draw for me. The one downer with the plot was just a personal thing for me. Since Nate was a SEAL, I wanted to see more of that training in play. Yeah, he and the guys did some typical PI and techie spy stuff, but he wasn’t really let loose in any fight scenes. Not that his personality and expertise didn’t come off the pages making me believe he was who he was described to be; I just wanted to see it.
Now not to say the romance was meh or wrong- it wasn’t. It was abso-fab. I loved the sparks and chemistry between Kaysie and Nate. Their antagonism, attraction, beginnings of trust and then full on passion were a huge draw for me. I do have to say that while I adored their snark and sparks at the beginning; I was a bit let down to find out what was behind Kaysie’s anger. To hold anger of that degree of heat together, I was expecting something much worse. I guess it just meant that she never got over him or her anger might have cooled to nothing. As for Nate, he cracked me up and he wasn’t trying for humor. His whole ‘I’ll just keep my girl safe, growl at possible rivals, but I’m going on my merry way afterwards’ attitude amused the heck out of me. Bottom line though, they were great together and I didn’t get frustrated with them because the way the relationship was handled deftly. They might have had a past, but they had been separated for a decade and both grew into new and better so they had to get to know each other all over again and learn to trust again too.
So, this was a stupendous start to a new series that I will be eager to continue on with. Those who love romantic suspense and romantic thrillers should really give this one a try.