Published on July 12th 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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The first time I saw her, I knew I’d have to kill her.
It’s been five years since the brutal death of her mother, and Katherine Shaw still relives the nightmares of that night.
The danger should’ve been over.
She couldn’t have been more wrong.
When her father, a prominent judge, receives a chilling death threat, her past comes hurtling into her present.
The warning is clear: They’ve got unfinished business, and they’re coming for her.
Rich girl? Check.
Spoiled and obstinate? Check.
A beautiful fireball who pushes every button he has? That was not listed on the dossier Jason Garrett receives when he’s assigned as one of her bodyguards. The last thing he ever expected was that his tempting client would prove to be more dangerous than those he’s protecting her from.
Their attraction would be forbidden even under the best circumstances. But as the threat draws near, the tension between the two of them rises, culminating in an explosive flash point that will blindside them both
It was the first rule in the handbook: “Thou shalt not have fucking relations with a client, current or former”.
4 Fun, Romantic Suspense stars
This is the first solo novel by Brooke Blaine, and I am really impressed! She has given us a book which is suspenseful and intense, with a forbidden romance that is chemistry-filled and passionate (with epic banter and UST), and it’s so freaking funny! I laughed out loud so many times reading this book. It’s an exciting, highly entertaining, fun read and I really enjoyed it.
Katherine Shaw’s life was forever changed when her mother was brutally murdered in front of her. Five years later, Katherine is a 22 year old college student and still suffers nightmares and the occasional panic attack, and when her father, a prominent judge, receives a chilling death threat, the danger of her past is very much alive again. Her father hires security to protect his stubborn, sassy daughter, and she is moved into an apartment with two bodyguards that will shadow her 24/7. And that is how Jason Garrett comes into her life.
An ex-Navy SEAL, Garrett is a total badass. Seemingly cold and ruthless, he brushes Katherine off as a spoiled little rich girl. Their initial interactions are filled with snark – Katherine doesn’t want a bodyguard, and he doesn’t think much of his new client.
“Do I look like I couldn’t break someone with my bare hands?”
“That would be useful, since that’s what you’re getting paid for.”
Leaning in close, he said, “With all due respect, Miss Shaw, if you could thaw out the ice queen, that would be fucking perfect.”
But they share a wicked attraction, and even though Jason doesn’t acknowledge it, Katherine lives to taunt him, and she pushes every button she can.
“So…you never told me your first name,” she said.
“No, I didn’t.”
“Well, that’s rude. I thought we just had a moment there, Jason.”
He stopped in his tracks, and she burst out in victorious laughter.
She pushes him, he pushes back, and as Katherine tries to deal with her situation, she starts to open up to him and Jason begins to see her as she really is – a scared girl who is pretty much alone and doing her best to overcome her past. They become friends, of sorts, with the added complication of their mad attraction to each other, and their chemistry is absolutely electric!
He opened his mouth and then closed it again, shaking his head. “You are…unexpected,” he said, finally.
With those three words, the burn in her chest exploded, filling her cheeks with heat and spreading through her body.
Unexpected. She could work with that.
The UST between them underlies every single interaction, and the closer they get, the more comfortable they feel with each other. They banter and flirt constantly, and it’s so blatant and explicit, you can’t help but laugh.
“Not bad, Shaw, not bad. I think you’re depriving yourself by getting mushrooms instead of sausage, but that’s why I got my own.”
She gaped at him. “I know I did not just hear the impenetrable, humorless Jason Garrett tell me I need to eat more sausage.”
“I think you’d be more pleasant with a sausage in your mouth, yes.”
The tension sizzles brilliantly, and even though a relationship between them is entirely forbidden, there is only so long they can hold out. And OMG, I loved every moment of it! Katherine and Jason’s relationship builds slowly, and the banter and flirting is hilarious and totally hot. There’s not a lot of sex, but what is there is (eventually) steamy and incredibly passionate, and with the story told in dual POV, we get to watch them both falling for each other – Katherine fighting to get her man, and Jason fighting a losing battle to stay away from her.
“You can touch me.”
“I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
“Maybe not. Do it anyway.”
But Katherine’s life is in danger, and the threat is getting ever closer. There are some chilling scenes from the POV of the bad guy which add some nice intensity, and the mystery/suspense storyline builds fantastically to a violent and shocking ending that I never saw coming.
I really enjoyed this book. The story moves at a great pace and kept me interested the whole way through. The romance blends really nicely with the unfolding mystery, with lots of laughs and moments of intensity along the way, and the suspense builds with some great twists to keep the reader guessing. Brooke Blaine has done a fantastic job pulling together the different elements of her story to give us a coherent, hugely entertaining read, and finishes it off with a very satisfying ending. I loved it, and am looking forward to more from this author.