Being a whistleblower takes guts. It can also leave you scarred.
Whistleblower Shea Winters bore the consequences of an act of honesty, now she makes a living running a scam with her brother’s help.
Security expert Aaron Wells investigated her, is intrigued by her, and can’t deny the attraction he feels for the pretty scammer.
But being a whistleblower can also have dangerous consequences.
I fell in love with Angela Verdenius' stories after I read the first BBW (Big Beautiful Women) book of hers. The stories are filled with great fun banter, friends for life, Aussie customs and humor, scorching hot romance between women with curves, sass, and vigor, and alpha men who adore their women, love their curves and take protectiveness to a new level of intense.
Shea and Aaron connect from the first time they meet. I loved how they are not denying the chemistry between them, but exploring it as soon as the time allows. Even with Aaron's tendencies to control any situation, Shea is his true equal as they surrender to the passion between them.
Shea is the guardian to her little brother Cole, and together they have developed a scam that will provide them a living after Shea lost her job and career for telling the truth. The book tells an intrigued tale of Shea and Cole finding their footing in the new community. After the devastating events of being scrutinized for being a whistle-blower and losing everything and everyone from their lives, learning to trust, to count on someone else, or asking for help are not something Shea is comfortable with, she would rather that no one knows her true identity, either.
Aaron, the security expert, is not only intrigued by Shea, he wants to protect her, keep her and Cole safe from the stalker, and the revenge the stalker is threatening with.
Aaron's large extended family soon embrace Shea and Cole. They give them the support and encouragement they need for the journey to find their inner strength again, to find their place in the community, and live an honest life.
The secondary characters are not only a great source of entertainment with their tactics but an important part of the plot development and moving the story along.
The physical danger that suddenly threat Cole and especially Shea is intense, giving the story another level of interest and spice.
At the beginning, the story moves on a bit slowly as the scene is set up and the players are introduced, but it speeds up from there with great energy and attitude, providing a tale of life lessons, affection, deep emotions, friends, lovers, and family. I felt joy, passion, pride, and fear as I connected with the story and the charming characters, lived with them in the moments, and cheered for them with their achievements. I treasure these stories, the joyful joshing they have, and loving adoration between the hero and the heroine.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me