I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Race to Kill by Rachel Kall
Series: Love and Scandal #1
Published by NYLA on December 5, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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When fiercely independent Vivian Reese is thrust onto the national stage during a heated presidential campaign, she doesn't expect to become a media darling. She also doesn't expect to start to fall for her sexy new bodyguard, Marcus Locke. But when threats start surfacing against the sitting President's campaign and all evidence points to Vivian, she doesn't know who to trust.
Delta Force Operator turned FBI agent Marcus Locke is supposed to be investigating campaign finance crimes. He's not supposed to be checking out the sexy, eloquent campaign spokeswoman Vivian Reese, who's one of his prime suspects! But when they are caught in the middle of a presidential race that is quickly turning deadly, he is forced to put both his heart and his job in the line of fire.
Tempers flare and passions ignite as the campaign gets dangerous, but when bullets start to fly will either of them survive?
The set up
Vivian Reese is suddenly elevated to campaign spokesperson for Senator Nelson’s presidential campaign when her mentor has a heart attack. She’s more than qualified but it’s a huge move. Marcus Locke joins the campaign as private security but he’s really an undercover FBI agent looking to find who’s behind some illegal campaign finance activities.
Soon after Marcus goes undercover, threats against the sitting president begin and evidence points to Vivian. However, she also is attacked and he becomes her private bodyguard. As Vivian is a primary suspect, Marcus needs to put his lust for and attraction to her aside but that’s easier said as she’s interested, too.
What worked about the story
Vivian and Marcus are very interesting characters individually and rocked as a couple. Their developing romance was sexy and ultimately steamy, even though his secret had the potential of fracturing the relationship. The story is well-written with lots of action, intrigue and suspense. The pace was perfect and while there were plenty of clues, the villains in the story were fairly elusive. The political theme was deftly managed without committing to any ideology.
The bottom line
This was a really nice surprise as I was unfamiliar with the author and didn’t have any preset expectations. The story is nimbly told with strong, interesting and appealing characters. I’m hooked and will be continuing this series, which was another pleasant surprise…when I agreed to read this I believed it to be a standalone. If you like romantic suspense, you’ll like this book!
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