Series: BOSS Inc. #1
Published by Zebra
Publication Date: January 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a P.I.—the men of Brodie Operations Security Service, Inc. are down for the job…
Sinners, whores, and sluts beware—your time is at hand: a faceless menace is threatening lingerie models on a cross country tour, and Ethan Brodie is there to defend and protect.
Ethan’s learned the hard way that beauty is no substitute for character. So even though Valentine Hart is one of the most breathtaking women he’s ever seen, he’s keeping his hands off and his eyes open. Or that’s what he tells himself.
Then one of the models is murdered, and the closer Ethan gets to the answers, the closer he finds himself to Valentine—and the hotter the pressure feels. There’s more to Val—more to the other girls—than he could have guessed. But one is keeping a secret that could kill them all.
The opening sentence in this book sets the stage for gripping suspense and action as well as a sweet romance and is an exciting start to the BOSS, Inc. series.
Ethan Brodie’s experience with his ex-girlfriend has soured him on the thought of relationships, especially with very beautiful and high maintenance women. When he takes on an assignment to provide security for lingerie models on the receiving end of death threats, Ethan’s resolve takes a major hit once he sets his eyes on gorgeous model Valentine Hart and no matter how hard he tries, he can’t fight his attraction to her. When one of the models is killed, Valentine’s safety becomes Ethan’s number one priority and not even the possibility of losing the security contract will keep him away from her.
Valentine (aka Valerie Hartman) took on the modeling job to fund vet school, but she is in no way prepared for the cutthroat world of modeling and being the target of a deranged stalker. Even with their less than friendly start she trusts Ethan to keep her safe, but she can’t wait to finish out her contract. Unfortunately for Val, things are not going her way because her promotion to the position of the brand spokeswoman means she’s getting drawn further into a web of deceit, danger and intrigue, and she’ll need Ethan’s skills to stay alive.
I was eager to read this book from the very moment I saw the cover and I wasn’t disappointed. The characters draw you in completely into the roller coaster ride of suspense, intrigue and even emotional entanglements. I enjoyed Val and Ethan and especially loved how Val kept him off balance. She is smart, strong and very assertive but she’s also very aware of her limitations and is willing to let Ethan take the lead on keeping her safe. I loved Ethan’s protectiveness of Val and that he realized how special she was without letting his past affect how he felt about her much.
The suspense was well-written and kept me guessing the identity of the perpetrators, as well as their motives. Gunfights, action and sexy models make for interesting times in this this book. However, I have to say that the first part of the book dragged quite a lot for me and it took me a while to get through but once the action picked up, it was non-stop and kept me engrossed, with the added bonus of setting the scene for the next book in the series.
I’ll recommend this book to anyone who loves a blend of romantic suspense and contemporary romance.