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I usually love Shayla Black, and I've enjoyed most of her books in this series, but sadly I'm on the fence with this listen.. which had, IMO, its good moments as well as its bad ones. Jolie is a successful 30 yr old Fashion Designer with a Mother whose love married and divorced too many times which has left Jolie very cynical about men and love. Jolie has hired a Security expert to safeguard her office, the staff and her forthcoming designs. Heath is a handsome 39 yr old British ex MI5 Agent and he's got a tragedy in his past that makes him unable to commit to women any more than one and done. Jolie tracks him down after watching him complete one such 'encounter' at a local bar, she wants to warn Heath off her younger sister who works for Jolie and is naively infatuated with Heath. He has zero interest in the sister.. no, it's Jolie who starts to intrigue him, brings out his alpha dominant side and Heath vows to seduce Jolie.. but a frantic phone call soon has the couple racing into danger, teaming up for answers.. and teaming up in other ways too. Then Jolie's sister starts to get anonymous gifts with cryptic messages threatening Jolie, so Jolie asks Heath for help and the danger escalates, the who what and why's mount up but there's no answers, the sexual tension rises and Heath's protective side kicks in to save Jolie - but the enemy is closer and smarter than they think.
Sounds good right? and the suspense and drama was.. however my peeve was believing in the 'insta' everything (and I usually don't mind it) but this book took it a step too far. One damaged alpha manwhore who has, for the past seven years, been emotionally closed off and has successfully kept sex in a 'relationship' free zone.. clashes with a focussed independent feisty "never going to fall in that trap" career woman. SPOILER - They instantly give in to lust, fall for each other, arrange a Vegas 'quickie' wedding AND try to start a family - all done within a few DAYS of meeting.. all done without any "I love you's".. all done without any deep or meaningful discussions.. and all done within a few paragraphs. There was plenty of hot sweaty needy sex but not much passion or romance and they did all this while the intrigue grew, while the bullets flew and while danger loomed.. so when the enemy struck he knew just how to feed off Jolie's emotional insecurities and, for a 30 yr old savvy business owner, she was easily conned into believing the worst and did something truly stupid. Dual POV storyline and even Christian Fox's awesome awesome narration couldn't bring it to a 5 star level.
Worth a credit? Yes, I've soldiered on through the good and the not so good in this series so I felt compelled to get this final book and in the Epilogue there's a sweet HEA ending for all the characters from the previous books. The storyline was passable, enjoyable and fairly entertaining.. but sadly, in my opinion, Shayla didn't leave the best til last.
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Just like the other books... yeah!!!! Highly recommend all of this series. Enjoyable no matter which one you are reading and or listening.