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Author: Naima Simone
Publisher: Entangled Ignite, Entangled Publishing
Release Date: December 7th, 2013
As threats to her life escalate, can this ex-socialite teacher find even more danger in falling in love with her protector?
Sloane Barrett teaches at an exclusive school but has been having some weird things happening lately. Nasty weird… definitely unsettling weird…worrying weird…and getting worse. She tries to ignore it but when her house is broken into and she’s attacked she realises ignoring it all won’t make it go away. She goes to see her best friend, whose fiancé is a partner in a security firm and meets up with the handsome hunk, Ciaran Ross, she’s met at that same friend’s engagement party. He’s still as handsome and attractive but she’s determined to resist. Her ex was also a handsome hunk but he was controlling and demeaning, shattering her self-esteem and confidence. She’s still reeling from escaping him and doesn’t want to be dependent on anyone like that ever again.
Former DEA agent, Ciaran Ross saw his girlfriend killed when the security situation went down last time he mixed business and pleasure. Although shot and injured, he’s never forgiven himself for her untimely death. He’s now a partner in GDG Security Solutions and first met Sloane at his business partner’s engagement party when the attraction was instantaneous and hot, though both resisted any temptation. When he meets Sloane again, the attraction is still hot but when he learns about the danger she’s in, he’s determined to keep her safe whilst also keeping out of a relationship with her. With both trying to avoid anything to do with love and attraction, can they both resist or will love find a way to bring them together without endangering Sloane’s life?
It was great to read about a heroine who isn’t super skinny! It wasn’t great how her Mum made her feel fat because she’s average size with curves, but I loved Ciaran’s attitude to this. Sloane has had a lifetime of feeling “not good enough”, her ex reinforced these feelings but Ciaran’s the one who will help her realise she’s so much more worthy. He has loved and lost, and in so dramatic a manner that he doesn’t believe he’ll ever love again. The author makes it easy to relate to both these complex characters. The plot is engaging, with plenty of drama, danger and events to make the whole story a real page turner and one which I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who likes their romance spiced with deadly danger, deceitful ‘friends’ and a heroic leading man overcoming his past trauma.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
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