by Amber Malloy
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
Invited to speak for the United Nations, International Attorney Ashe Marcille is on the fast track. However, everything changes when she finds her law partner dead. Left with no option but to abandon her hard-earned career, she goes on the run.
Walker Knight, owner of a high-tech security firm, left the spy games years ago. A former agent for J8, he had no intention of returning to that life until the agency calls in one last favor. It should have been an easy job—pick up then drop off a lawyer with no questions asked. But, best laid plans…
Attracted to the attorney from the minute he laid eyes on her, Walker sets out to solve her case. Until he can figure out who wants her dead, he’ll have to keep her close…very close.
O’Brien’s, the Midtown Manhattan pub, aired the NBA playoffs on every television in the bar. Walker Knight ordered another round of Jameson for his boys. His crew—younger than him by at least ten years—congratulated each other on a job well done.
“To the best security team this side of the Pacific.” He lifted his drink for a toast.
“Come on, boss. We thought you were going to say ‘in the world’,” a newbie joked.
“That’s a tall order. It’ll take more than one job together for that.” Walker wanted to celebrate, just not to the level of wasted. His crew had no problem staying up all night, but he needed to catch some zzzs. “Next round’s on me.”
They’d spent eighteen hours on a plane to the Middle East. In three short days the team had taken down a faction of a religious sect named Glory’s Soldiers. Pleased with their quick extermination of the zealots, WLK Security’s oil clients had provided them with a major bonus.
As he was signaling for the bartender to settle their tab, a newbie squeezed in beside him.
“What’s next?” the rookie asked.
With a total of three partners—two from his school days and one silent—they ran a private security firm. Walker led their missions and could always tell the adrenaline junkies from the dedicated worker bees.
“Give it a couple of days,” he lied. Walker honestly didn’t think he would see the guy again. The kid’s jumpy nature grated on his nerves.
The bar cheered at the Knicks’ three-point basket at the buzzer. After signing the credit receipt, he chucked deuces to his crew. Dead on his feet, Walker headed for the exit. He couldn’t wait for his head to hit the pillow.
As his phone vibrated in his pants, he fought the urge to ignore it, but habit forced him to fish it out of his pocket.
“Walker,” he answered.
“Well, if it isn’t my Knight in shining armor,” the woman cooed.
Walker stopped in his tracks. That voice was straight out of his past. A form of Neverland—not all bad, but not one he wanted to deal with.
A shoulder check from a drunk blonde got him back into gear. She winked on her way past, and he smiled in return but offered nothing more. “Thought I would never hear from you again. How did you crawl your way back from the dead, Eden Morgan?” he said.
You know when you read a new to me author and you keep thinking why haven’t I read her before? Yep, that’s me with Ms. Malloy. That said, there were a couple of things that kinda nagged me but it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. In fact, I really want to read the first book in the series and the set up for the third book is awesome.
Here a few things that nagged me:
- Instalove/instalust between Ashe and Walker. At times, I can suspend it when it comes to romantic suspense/thrillers because of the intense action and the situations that the couple is usually thrown in. Unfortunately, for me, it didn’t work for me.
- At times, I felt like I was missing pages of the book. It was like it just stopped in places and then picked up later on with me stretching my head trying to fill in the gaps.
- There is a plot thread revolving around Walker that I didn’t feel like was finished. I kinda missed Tom and the Cape.
- A couple of the J8 agents I really, really just didn’t connect with at all. In fact, I kinda disliked them. Not Vann or Lola. Loved them.
Things that I absolutely LOVED:
- Ashe! She is no shrinking violet. We don’t get her full backstory until about midway through the book but it sure does explain a lot of the beginning and her responses to what is happening to her. In fact, her connection to someone in the book…I about fell out of my chair. I NEVER saw that coming and it was a great way to show some real, honest conflict between Ashe and his former employer.
- Walker is a bad*ss. He would do anything for Ashe. He knew to get involved with her was a mistake considering how a relationship ended before but he kept going forward regardless.
- Walker and Tank taking down their owners. You just have to read it and I loved it. Brilliant writing and a great plot thread. The Barbie Doll wives were hilarious, too.
- There are a couple of different plot threads in the book but trust me, it will all make sense in the end. They are all part of the bigger picture and I love how Ms. Malloy was able to weave it all together in the end. Bravo. I got lost a couple of times but in the end, it was so worth it.
- The overall plot of the book was AWESOME. Very relevant to the times and I won’t go into right now. Like I said before, there are a couple of threads and it would definitely spoil the book for you. Let’s just say that I have never read a book with that kind of plot before and it made me think about some things.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. Ms. Malloy’s pacing is perfect. She knew exactly when to speed it up and then slow it down. There are smexy times so be forewarned. I look forward to Lola and Connor’s book next. Should be a doozy.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:
Amber Malloy will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.