GOING DEEP by Anne Calhoun: Review

Posted November 3, 2016 in Reviews / 0 Comments

GOING DEEP by Anne Calhoun: ReviewGoing Deep by Anne Calhoun
Series: Alpha Ops #5
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: November 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.


After weeks on a sold-out tour, singer Cady Ward is coming home for the holidays. But after one too many episodes of fan-craziness, Cady’s manager decides that she needs protection—in the form of muscled cop Conn McCormick. Longing for peace and quiet to prepare before her next album drops, Cady doesn’t need a bodyguard just to deal with some vague email threats…though she can’t deny that close proximity to Conn’s body is a very nice place to be.

Conn is in the midst of a career scandal when his boss assigns him to pop-star guard duty. It’s a poor use of his skills, even though Cady’s feisty nature proves the perfect distraction for Conn while Internal Affairs investigates his case. What begins as a sizzling attraction becomes something deeper than either Conn or Cady could have expected. But when Conn uncovers the sinister plan behind the threats to Cady, he’s faced with a professional dilemma: To save her life, will he risk having a future with the only woman who’s ever touched his soul?



I am not a fan of the rock star trope, which means there has to be a compelling reason for me to want to read a book with such a story-line. In this case, the law enforcement/suspense angle was what interested me, plus I read and enjoyed the previous book in this series, so I figured why not.

Cady Ward has returned home for some rest and relaxation after months on tour and part of coming home is that she needs some space to figure out what direction she wants her career to go, but a fan’s crazy antics provide her manager with the perfect excuse to get her some personal security. Not that she’s complaining or anything because her bodyguard is all sorts of hot.

Police officer Conn McCormick in trouble at work and needs to keep a low profile while the department investigates and the security gig, while not exactly exciting is what he needs at the moment.

This book started out very well for me in part because of Cady and Conn. Cady was very far from a diva, but was very assertive about what she wanted, which I liked. But while she was smart and knew when to yield to Conn’s expertise in keeping her safe, she was also stubborn in her refusal to give him full control in determining the best ways to do so. Conn, for the most part was the strong and silent kind and his past shows why he was who he was.

Cady and Conn were a very unlikely pair, but they were perfect for each other. Cady pulled Conn back from the edge and Conn made sure Cady had what she needed to succeed, even if it got him in trouble with her.

The end of this book was something of a letdown for me. After all the drama and suspense of the previous book, I expected more of the same here. While the beginning looked like it would live up to that promise, it didn’t end that way. The story was slow, the suspense turned out to be nothing and what I got was a case of annoyance at a teenage girl who felt entitled and thought the world owed her everything.

This is only the second book I’ve read by Ms. Calhoun, so I don’t have a lot to compare this to, but I like how she takes the time to flesh out her characters, even to the point of adding details that are unrelated to the story, but which give readers a better understanding of the characters and what drives them. That may actually be my favorite thing about this book.



About Anne Calhoun

After doing time at Fortune 500 companies on both coasts, Anne landed in a flyover state, where she traded business casual for yoga pants and decided to write down all the lively story ideas that got her through years of monotonous corporate meetings.

Her first book, LIBERATING LACEY won the EPIC Award for Best Contemporary Erotic Romance and was chosen as one of NPR’s 100 Swoon-worthy Romances.

Anne holds a BA in History and English, and an MA in American Studies from Columbia University. When she’s not writing her hobbies include reading, knitting, and yoga. She lives in the Midwest with her family and has overcome her Starbucks addiction.

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