by Rachel Kall
Published: October 4, 2013, NYLA
My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️
Newly appointed spokesperson for the senator's presidential campaign, Vivian Reece, feels a little bit like a fish out of water at this unexpected development. Especially when, after her first televised appearance, she apparently picks up a stalker. Not prepared to take any chances, the head of the secret service assigns a security specialist to shadow her at all times. Not having had much action on the social front recently, Viv is more than a little distracted by her protector, ex-Delta Force operator, Marc Locke.
Placed undercover as part of the Senator's security detail by the FBI to investigate campaign fund fraud, Marc Locke finds himself quickly entangled in an unexpected stalking investigation involving the beautiful campaign spokesperson. With the go-ahead nod from his superiors, Marc is trying to use this new twist to try and glean as much information for his own investigation as he can. But with the gorgeous Viv under unknown threat, it seems there is little else he can think of but her.
When a series of events involving both the president and the senator's campaign offices places Vivian in a suspicious light, the case takes yet another turn. Unsure of who is trustworthy, Marc sticks close to Viv, in fact, he never leaves her side, but it is becoming more and more difficult to keep his true identity from her. Especially since they have gotten very close and personal, and the last thing he wants to do is hurt her.
Political intrigue, hot undercover agents, mayhem and murder, gripping suspense and a tentative, unplanned romance....... A complete package!!
An incredibly fast-paced novel that has no slow moments whatsoever. Very few words are wasted on descriptions other than those that directly impact the story. An intricate plot with lots of twists and turns, but very well executed and clearly outlined so no confusion can exist. It isn't a difficult book to read, but it does require attention, but the fast pace won't allow your mind to wander far.
I enjoyed the main characters, who were both strong and self-assured to an extent, at the very least on a professional level. They had an easy connection that moved from friendship into a more intimate connection. There certainly was chemistry between Vivian and Marc, although it didn't necessarily leap off the pages and the heat was quite mild and as speedy as the rest of the story.
I really liked the addition of Scott, Viv's ex, to the plot. He is a likeable ex-SEAL with some handy qualities (yes, Ma'am!) he brings to the table, and added an interesting dynamic. I can see the beginning of the next novel or perhaps as part of the series developing. Maybe that's where Serena, Viv's friend will fit in as well.
For those who enjoy a little fairly reserved (for my standards) bedroom action with their high powered, high action suspense......this would be a good read!!
✨Powerful, clever and tight romantic suspense with a hint of spice!✨
**ARC provided in return for an honest review.**