Series: Titan #8
Published by Mill Creek Press
Publication Date: October 25th 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
“I can’t shake the feeling that somebody’s watching me.”
One second Ella Leighton’s life was normal—the next, not so much. A social media maven who made her living saving sea turtles, the decision to join a reality TV show was a good one for the cause. But for her… the adjustment wasn’t easy.
Her publicist used phrases like online personality. An overnight celebrity. Everyone explained that was why she couldn’t shake the feeling. But none of their excuses could explain the letters. The pictures. And then her stalker crossed the line, triggering the demand for security.
Bishop O’Kane didn’t expect to come face-to-face with his ex-girlfriend when Titan sent him on bodyguard duty. The woman he once loved, the same one he walked away from years ago, was now his responsibility. Opposites in every way, they couldn’t be more different, but maybe they had never needed each other more.
With the FBI falling short in their investigation, the Titan team must rally around the woman with millions of followers, protecting her from her own as Bishop and Ella forge a path of second chances and forgiveness, unburying the past in order to survive.
Ella Leighton and Bishop O’Kane shared a past before she became Ella, a past that was filled with fun, love and laughter, until it wasn’t. The events of one night changed everything and their relationship couldn’t survive the loss and pain. Fast-forward to several years later and Bishop is starting his dream job with the Titan group. His first assignment? To protect a tree-hugging celebrity who turns out to be his ex-girlfriend, but so far removed from the woman he knew and loved that she could be some else.
Ella made a name for herself as an environmental activist/eco blogger and channeled all her passion into worthy causes, but along the way, she has picked up a stalker. The authorities do not consider the stalker to be a threat, but her family calls in a favor to the Titan group and she finds herself with a shadow. Having Bishop in her face every day is a painful reminder of their unresolved past, but she needs him to keep her alive, even if his methods are not necessarily to her liking.
I have enjoyed this series a lot and Black Dawn will always be my favorite book in the series, so I was so very excited at the chance to read BISHOP’S QUEEN. It has everything I enjoy reading about -a second chance romance and shared history, plus the action that this series is famous for. Unfortunately, I did not really enjoy this book and found it hard to get through for one reason: Ella.
I don’t expect to like the characters within the first chapter of a book every time, but if that happens, it only increases my enjoyment of the book. In this case, Ella started out very flaky and only got worse from there. I can imagine that she was supposed to be a free spirit but she came across as selfish and difficult, with very little sense of self-preservation. My cautious side does not really like characters who need professional help of this nature but stubbornly resist and undermine efforts to keep them alive, so even though glimpses of the woman she was before she became Ella slipped through from time to time, I was already off the Ella train and they didn’t change my opinion.
On the other hand, Bishop is everything I expected and more. He was both decisive and patient when he needed to be, he took his job very seriously and worked around Ella’s quirks, but was still respectful of them, which gets him even more brownie points from me. There was undeniable chemistry between them and that was about the only thing I enjoyed about them as a couple. I also enjoyed catching up with the Titan team and a few of their interactions made up for Ella’s drama and kept me engaged. I also have to say that Manny was an unexpected but fun character I wish had more page time.
I’m on the fence about recommending this book to any reader, so I’ll let readers decide for themselves if they want to check it out. In the meantime, I’m just going to re-read Black Dawn now to get over my feelings for this book.