Series: One to Hold #2
Published by TLM Productions on January 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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There's a new guy in town...
"Patrick Knight, single, retired Guard-turned private investigator. I was a closer. A deal maker. I looked clients in the eye and told them I'd get their shit done. And I did..."
Patrick doesn't do "nice."
At least, not anymore.
After his fiancée cheats, he follows up with a one-night stand and a disastrous office hook-up. His business partner (Derek Alexander) sends him to the desert to get his head straight--and clean up the mess.
While there, Patrick meets Elaine, and blistering sparks fly, but she's not looking for any guy. Or a long-distance relationship.
Patrick's ready to do anything to keep her, but just when it seems he's changed her mind, the skeletons from his past life start coming back.
This story runs parallel at times to the first book in the series.
Patrick Knight replaces his brother as Derek Alexander’s new partner in their private security consulting firm. He’s recovering from a painful engagement where his fiancée betrayed him. He meets Elaine Merritt at the conference in Flagstaff and they have an instant, steamy attraction and romance, though neither is really interested in anything long term.
What begins as a casual romance blossoms into something deeper for both of them. Patrick wants to pursue it, see where it leads but Elaine’s not interested in a long distance relationship (he lives in New Jersey, she in North Carolina).
I enjoyed the story, especially when a bit of suspense and intrigue emerged. Patrick is likable but is a bit of a manwhore, driven by past betrayal. Elaine isn’t as well-defined here, though so I had a tougher time connecting with her. When Patrick’s past comes back to bite him, it added another element of angst and complications that hooked me. While the ending might be unrealistic, it created a feel-good moment. I liked this book more than the first.
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