Dee's rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Praised for her “hot and bold”(Kirkus Reviews) romances of erotic intrigue, the author of Only and Mercy now delivers her most daring novel yet…
She doesn’t depend on anyone for anything. He intends to make her his completely.
Natalie Udall thought her position at the CIA was secure—until protecting her team earned her an armed escort into certain danger. Natalie can’t stand the idea of being secreted away in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, especially since it means sharing close quarters with the controlling bodyguard enlisted to keep her alive.
Gabe MacIntosh joined the military to support his son, trained as a sniper and dealt with death on a regular basis. Now retired and operating a security firm, his first assignment is to protect a CIA agent on the run. She’s strong willed and difficult—and all Gabe can think about is exerting his domination and stripping her of every expectation she has.
Natalie has no intention of giving in to Gabe’s straightforward demands of dominant sex with no attachments—even though the very idea of giving up control thrills her like nothing ever has…
**First and foremost, I want to thank Berkely for sending me the paperback copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
I've never read any of the other books in the series and this is my fault. I feel like they could have helped with some of my confusion with the story. I felt like I had to read and reread certain sections over and over. I still don't think I understand why she needs protection with the agreement in place. I felt like he's a sniper and she's ex-CIA so it should have been some big thing, not just maybe she could talk, but she promised she wouldn't. That's it? I expected drama. Fighting. Shoot outs. Sabotage. Kidnapping. Something to get our blood rushing. That's the only thing I felt was missing.
Helen sure does deliver on the erotic aspect of their relationship and being thrown together. All that tension and stuck in that house, how could they not give in. And boy, each time they give in it sure is hot hot hot.
While I love alpha males, especially kinky ones, and strong female leads, something felt like it was missing. Or maybe there was just too much at play when you add his brothers in. I don't know. But I found myself skimming past certain parts because I felt like it was a little overkill and repetitious.
Helen does have a great writing style, and it flows very well. All in all it was a good book. I give it 3.5 stars
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~Other books in the series~
Mercy (Holton Woods #1)
After she infiltrated his business and betrayed his trust, a disavowed CIA agent must seek sanctuary in the bedroom of a man who will either help her, kill her, or bring her to her knees…
Becca Ford is on her own. Eight months after she headed up a sting operation to take down millionaire club owner Jarrett Holt, the other agents in her special ops team have been eliminated under odd circumstances, and she needs a place to hide.
Jarrett is a man who prefers darkness to light. He deals in the only truly valuable currency—information—and his supper club caters to an exclusive clientele. It was an uncharacteristic moment of weakness when he let a woman into his life. But it’s not luck that the criminal charges disappeared . . . as did the evidence.
When Becca returns to the club seeking his help, Jarrett doesn’t want to hear her story. But he does want her body, and demands that she give it to him. He’ll keep her safe—for now—but it’ll be in his bed and on his terms, until he says they’re done.
Only (Holton Woods #2)
He’s a man who fixes difficult situations. She’s the one thing he can’t handle—and the one thing he can’t resist…
Sebastian Jameson negotiates for high-end clients who need problems taken care of quickly and discreetly. Accustomed to being in control, he’s still reeling from his ex-wife’s decision to write a tell-all about their private life, one that highlighted their bedroom activities. The fallout left Bast’s love life in chaos, making him a magnet for women who thrive on risky fantasies, and a pariah to all others.
Kyra Royer knows all about Bast’s reputation—and is intrigued enough to try to change him into a one-woman guy. But getting him into her bed will be a challenge. He’s known her brother for years, and her brother, with his rough past and sniper abilities, is not a man you cross. Kyra knows Bast thinks she’s off-limits, so she’ll have to get creative to make him hers.
As Kyra turns up the heat, Bast struggles to resist the sexy young woman’s considerable charms. But when Bast’s job turns from tricky to deadly, keeping Kyra nearby might be the only way to keep her alive—even if it means getting closer than he ever intended…