Series: Heroes for Hire #2
Published by Entangled: Select Suspense
Publication Date: August 17th 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
When opposites ignite…
High-risk securities operative Holly Milano usually prefers to work alone. Having a partner is, well, annoying. Case in point-her current assignment with Kane MacMillan. They’re working undercover in high society to retrieve a priceless diamond necklace.
And Mr. Plan Everything is seriously cramping Holly’s fly-by-the-seat-of-her-sexy-pants style.
Kane takes his job seriously, and he knows from experience that working with Holly usually ends in disaster. Their conflicting approaches could destroy their cover-or worse, get them killed. But when they’re forced to pose as an engaged couple, neither Holly nor Kane are prepared for the possibility of an unexpected attraction…or that they’re now putting their lives and their hearts on the line.
An unusual pairing of an impulsive and adventurous agent and her by-the-book partner results in fireworks in this funny and suspenseful story about opposites attracting.
Holly Milano is in the retrieval business – a fancy way of saying she’s a thief – and has been partnered with her staid and uptight boss, Kane MacMillan for their newest assignment to infiltrate a high society gathering and retrieve a priceless piece of jewelry. While Holly likes to fly by the seat of her pants, Kane takes a more restrained approach. He likes to make sure that every contingency is covered, something that does not endear Holly to him. And his concerns about Holly may be valid when her blunder forces them to change plans and pose as an engaged couple, especially because they can’t keep their hands off each other. Their mission becomes even more complicated when they discover that the client was not completely honest with them and they have to contend with other parties that are interested in the item they have been tasked with retrieving. Since they assumed the ruse of an engaged couple on the spur of the moment with no time to come up with a convincing cover story, there were several hairy moments which they handled well because their simple assignment just became a matter of national security.
Their mutual attraction gives them cause for concern, though. Holly has been rejected by her boyfriends several times after they meet her eclectic and unique family and after one too many hits to her heart, she has chosen to date only easygoing, superficial men, men who are interested only in a fun time, a category that Kane does not fall into.
Kane was not the friendliest of heroes and it took me quite a bit to warm up to him. He has his own battle scars from past relationships and his stick-in-the-mud persona is a direct result of his experiences with his ex, whom Holly reminds him of quite a lot. However, he grew on me as the story continued and I got to like him a lot. He’s not the usual hot, sexy hero. He’s more the quiet type of guy, morally upright, reliable, respectful and honorable (sounds a little boring but sometimes, that’s just what the doc ordered) but I liked him because after the initial shock when he met Holly’s family, he made a huge effort to get to know them and understand them, really getting out of his comfort zone.
UNDERCOVER WITH THE ENEMY was entertaining because it combines suspense with humor, snarky banter and sometimes cringe-worthy moments between the characters.