As a bodyguard, it was his duty to protect her—not fall for her all over again…
Orion Security Group's mission is to protect those in serious danger. So when Oliver Quinn's latest assignment unexpectedly brings him back into Darling Smith's life, he knows it's going to be his most challenging case yet. And from the moment he comes face-to-face with the beauty from his past, Oliver can't deny their history is going to make for some tension-filled days—and frustrating nights. But keeping her safe, even though she denies she needs his help, has to come before exploring their lingering feelings. She may not have asked for his protection, but with the killer on her trail, she can't afford not to have it…
Plus a bonus short story by USA TODAY bestselling author Delores Fossen
A great whodunit suspense in a small town, where a stranger has been found dead in a hotel room. The private investigator, Darling, is up to her ears mixed into the case, and for some odd reason the killer seems to be targeting her.
At the same time, the town millionaire has a new bodyguard team to protect him, and the team leader is Oliver, the man who crushed Darling's heard eight years ago.
From there, the plot starts to thicken, it is filled with twists and unexpected turns, deadly situations, and dangerous pursuit. It is not so much that I didn't guess who the killer is, but 'the why' kept me pondering.
The author is new to me, and I really enjoyed the suspense part, the action was riveting, and the events took imagination. I wish she didn't have to push the romance between the characters, because that's where the story started lacking.
Instead of calling the characters by their name, the author often uses their profession, when talking about them, even if it is thinking another character does, 'the bodyguard' 'the private investigator ', and that was a way to keep the characters on the arm's length, they never come personal to the reader, you don't get emotionally invested in their lives and decisions.
And so the connection between Oliver and Darling seems more like a courteous professional team effort, than a passionate relationship, that devastated their lives eight years ago, and is shattering their lives foundations now. There was no talk about the past, no clearing the air, and that's too bad, because there could have been such a deep, emotional possibilities there, but it just stayed rather indifferent.
At the end of the book, there's a steaming hot 'happy for now' novella from author Delores Fossen.
~ Three Spoons and 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