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Kyle Yuen’s life is in danger and Lizzy Scott will stop at nothing to protect him. He’s arrogant, annoying and completely irresistible. They’ll risk it all to keep each other safe even if it means walking away when the danger has passed. Fans of Marie Force’s Fatal series or Laura Kaye’s Hard As It Gets, will love this romantic suspense series from Piper J. Drake and Carina Press.
Series: Safeguard #2
Author: Piper J. Drake
Publisher: Carina Press
Published: May 9, 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense
The stakes have never been higher as an elite team member must outwit a dangerous killer and save the man she’s sworn to protect. The second installment of the exhilarating Safeguard series from Piper J. Drake.
Kyle Yeun didn’t start out bad and he doesn’t intend to end his life while on the wrong side of the law, either. His testimony to his former employer’s environmental misdeeds has earned him a protection detail compliments of the US government. But due to a dark international conspiracy Kyle was unaware of, his former employers have made ending his life a top priority. Realizing he needs more protection than the US Marshals can provide, he turns to Safeguard after seeing the beautiful, deadly Lizzy Scott in action.
One look at Kyle, and sniper Lizzy Scott knows this isn’t going to be an easy protection job. He’s arrogant, irritating and almost irresistible. Instead of being put off by her hardened attitude, Kyle seems to thrive off the challenge. And she’s slowly giving in to his charms.
After narrowly escaping the latest assassination attempt, Lizzy starts taking dangerous risks to keep him safe. But the last thing Kyle wants is another life ruined because of his actions. He found his redemption in Lizzy’s arms and he’ll risk everything to make sure they both make it out alive. As will she, even if it means walking away from him to keep him safe.
What a fantastic story this proved to be, with a literally kick ass heroine, Isabelle Scott (Lizzy) and a man in danger because he dares to try to tell the truth (Kyle Yeun). During their initial encounter she rescues him from armed assailants who are determined to stop him testifying during and seeing her disarming fighting skills in action inspires him to track her down and hire her services as his bodyguard to supplement those provided by the US Marshals and police as part of their witness protection program. Their close encounters with those determined to assassinate him, explosive near misses and sniper threats make this a fast paced action packed thriller – with romance thrown in to keep everything hot!
The character development in the story is brilliant as the two lead characters interact and respond to each other and the scenarios they encounter, changing many of their attitudes, expectations and behaviour as the action continues. The development of trust, willingness to rely on another and give over control is particularly important for the characters and the growth of these is well portrayed. I found the story engaging, a page turner where you were never quite certain what obstacle or danger would be encountered, making this a journey full of twists and turns, a roller coaster with plenty of surprises en route.
This is the second novel in this series but also works well as a stand alone. Having typed that, I have to say that I also enjoyed the first novel in the series, Hidden Impact , and I’m certainly eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, Contracted Defense, which I believe is due to be released in November 2016.
Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has recently received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award.
Now, PJ is exploring the complexity of romantic suspense, incorporating her interests in mixed martial arts and the military into her writing.
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Isabelle sighed. No wingman or cavalry coming to his aid. He needed help but it wasn’t forthcoming. This was not going to resolve in the next thirty seconds and that was all she was willing to wait. Besides, she couldn’t leave a person alone to face odds like these. She’d been on her own in these situations plenty of times and it’d never been fun.
“Gentlemen, get out of my way.”
Humor and interest sparked in the Asian man’s eyes. He understood English, apparently. Seattle being a major city for travelers, it was always good to note rather than assume a listener could understand the conversation. Especially if she might have to advise him to take action.
The hulking goon who’d originally spoken to her turned then. “What did you say?”
Maybe the English language, or conversation in general, wasn’t goon number one’s strong point.
“Get. Out. Of. My. Way.” She put some steel into her voice this time. No need to increase volume when intensity works better.
Beady eyes narrowed at her as goon number one flexed his thick fingers into a meaty fist and released them. Threat clear.
Ah, well. Intonation could work on people with more neurons firing inside their heads. She might not have a whole lot of stature going on at five foot four, but her new friend should’ve at least spared a moment to ponder that maybe a woman in a black suit with white dress shirt and an earbud hanging over her collar from a wire might mean something.
He was a thug dressed in a monkey suit.
She was a much higher pay grade.
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