Tabloid drama isn’t Katelyn Wade’s style. The illegitimate daughter of a notorious tycoon, Katelyn has worked hard to build a successful business on her own terms. She doesn’t put much stock in the rumors that she’s being targeted by someone with a vendetta against her father—until one of her employees at her restaurant turns up dead. Suddenly, she can’t trust anyone. Especially not her new bartender, a man with an instinct for trouble . . . and a body made for sin.
Katelyn has no idea that Thorne Hudson is being paid to protect her. He certainly never meant to seduce her. Crossing professional lines never ends well, especially when the slightest distraction could put both their lives at risk. But even Thorne’s military resolve, honed by years of training, is no match for Katelyn’s undeniable sex appeal. And after one taste of her lush lips pushes him past the edge of temptation, Thorne aches to tell her the truth—just as soon as he knows she’s safe from harm.
The suspense of the story keeps building up, as the story unfolds, and danger and fear become too familiar companies for Katelyn. There's one positive thing, though, that Thorne seemed to arrive in town, to her place of business in the nick of time, and always there to protect her, and save her from trouble.
I liked the suspense part of the story. It is well plotted, and different layers unfolding kept the interest and intensity high, and the reader guessing about the results, and the culprit.
Thorne's character is fascinating, he is solid, his protective, loyal, and fierce. And easy to trust, I gather, since Kate does that as soon as she meets him. With no reference, no questions asked, she gives him a job, accepts his constant presence, blindly has faith in him, even unprotected sex with him, without ever doubt in her mind.
Yes, I had a hard time connecting with the heroine, for some reason I didn't care for her that much, she seemed to be focused on the wrong things, I wanted to shake her several times - 'focus'.
Even though the plot was well thought out, the dialog didn't have the natural flow into it, that often carries the story forward seamlessly. I get distracted by it, was hoping it would smooth out eventually.
So we have a well thought out suspense plot, with a hero that I couldn't help but admire, a heroine I wasn't that fond of, and dialog that made me think about the writing style instead of the tale itself... So for me, it hits right in the middle with
~ Three Spoons
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