Ethan Brodie works for his family's security firm and has been assigned to protect several lingerie models who have been receiving threats letters from an unknown source. Shortly thereafter, Ethan begins to notice Valentine Hart. Both Ethan and Valentine are attracted to each other but are unwilling to act anything out for their own reason. Well trying to avoid each other and keep a professional relationship, Ethan receives a personal request to keep a closer eye on Valentine since she is a close friend of a family member. Ethan is determined to honour this request and keep everything as professional as possible.
Throughout the novel, Ethan's and Valentine's expectations for one another are challenged over time. The more time they spend together the more they realize that they can not resist whatever they feel. As the danger increases with the death of one of the models, they will both have to fight to survive.
The romance between both Ethan Brodie and Valentine Hart was delightful to read. Especially since there was a no-sex clause in their contracts. The way that their relationship grew was rather exciting. They had to keep their hands off each other due to their jobs but one can only fight for so long. As lines were crossed and feelings were explored, both Ethan and Val seemed to be drawing me into the novel as they ventured to find romance with one another.
It was not only the romance that seemed to find a hook into me but also the action. The mystery of who could be behind these threats had me on edge. Especially when almost all of the characters were likeable.
One of the things I did have a difficult time with when reading this novel has to be the amount of characters that were introduced. As the novel continued to progress and I was about 75% through the novel, I started to have a hard time keeping track of who was who. Other than that, this story was rather interesting and totally worth checking out.
If you enjoy reading mystery, suspense, and romance mixed all together than this novel is for you.
Summary from Goodreads:
A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a P.I.—the men of Brodie Operations Security Service, Inc. are down for the job…
Sinners, whores, and sluts beware—your time is at hand: a faceless menace is threatening lingerie models on a cross country tour, and Ethan Brodie is there to defend and protect.
Ethan’s learned the hard way that beauty is no substitute for character. So even though Valentine Hart is one of the most breathtaking women he’s ever seen, he’s keeping his hands off and his eyes open. Or that’s what he tells himself.
Then one of the models is murdered, and the closer Ethan gets to the answers, the closer he finds himself to Valentine—and the hotter the pressure feels. There’s more to Val—more to the other girls—than he could have guessed. But one is keeping a secret that could kill them all.
ARC was kindly provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
About The Author:
Kathleen Kelly Martin (aka Kathy Lawrence, Kasey Mars)
Kathleen Kelly was born on 14 July 1947 in the Central Valley of California, USA. She obtained a degree in Anthropology and also studied History at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She was a real estate broker, when she met her future husband, Larry Jay Martin. A short time after the two became acquainted, Larry asked her to read an unpublished manuscript of an historical western he'd written. Kat fell in love with both the book and the author! Then, after doing some editing for him, she thought she'd try her own hand at writing. She moved on to become a full time writer.
Published since 1988, she singed her books with her married name, Kat Martin, but she also used two pseudonyms: Kathy Lawrence for a book in collaboration with her husband Larry Jay Martin, and Kasey Mars for her first contemporary romances. The New York Times bestselling writer, among her many awards, has won the prestigious RT Book Review Magazine Career Achievement Award. To date, Kat has over eleven million copies of her books in print. She has been published in seventeen foreign countries, including England, South Africa, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Bulgaria, China, and Korea.
Currently residing with her husband, a Western-writer and photographer, in Missoula, Montana, USA. But when they are not writing, they also enjoy skiing and traveling, particularly to Europe.