Series: The Bodyguards of L. A. County #2
Published by Self Published on July 4, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Widow Sarah Johnson struggled to pick up the pieces after her life was ripped apart. After two years of grieving, she’s found contentment in her thriving business as photographer to Hollywood’s A-list and in raising her angel-faced daughter, Kylee… until bodyguard and long-time friend Ethan Cooke changes everything with a searing moonlight kiss.
Sarah’s world turns upside down as she struggles with her unexpected attraction to Ethan and the guilt of betraying her husband’s memory. But when blue roses and disturbing notes start appearing on her doorstep, she has no choice but to lean on Ethan as he fights to save her from a stalker that won’t stop until he has what he prizes most.
Sarah Johnson was widowed two years ago when her husband, Jake, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Even before his death, Jake’s best friend Ethan Cooke had been there for every important moment in Sarah’s life in his absence, including the birth of her daughter. Now, their deep friendship was shifting to something more and that was scaring them both. Adding to the stress is a serial rapist who has set his sights on Sarah.
What I enjoyed
The rapist was one of the more twisted psychos I’ve encountered in a while. His ability to elude capture kept things extremely tense and off balance. I liked that his identity was revealed early on and his point of view presented throughout the story.
The romance was problematic at times because of Ethan’s indecision about fully committing to a relationship with Sarah. His family history created doubts, which had him behaving like a jerk for a lengthy period of time. When things were working, the romance was great. But when it went off the rails, it was awful. Fortunately, he redeemed himself but I’m still sulking a bit.
The bottom line
I enjoyed the high suspense, action, tension and even ultimately the romance, despite Ethan’s idiocy. Sarah’s daughter, Kylee, added much needed comic relief and helped save him (she brought out the best in him). The writing style works for me, too, and I’m definitely hooked on this series.
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