WHY I READ IT
It sounded like it was going to be steamy and I was given the arc
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
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…
Gabe MacIntosh’s job is to protect ex-CIA agent Natalie Udall but doing his job proves difficult when she’s fighting against his protection every chance that she gets. Making his job even more difficult is the fact that Gabe cannot stop thinking about Natalie naked and screaming his name. The sexual tension between Gabe and Natalie is as thick as the snow that surrounds the safe house where Gabe and Natalie are hiding out. When their location is compromised, Gabe decides that the best place to protect Natalie is his home, where he has a really big bed. Their time together forces Natalie and Gabe to trust one another, which eventually leads them to expose their deepest, darkest secrets and face some cold-hard truths.
Confession time: I haven’t read any of the other books in this “series” (Only, Take, Mercy) but HelenKay Dimon does a nice job of providing enough back story that I didn’t need it in order to understand what was happening. This is a hot, steamy story. I like that both characters are unapologetically attracted to one another. Yes, they know that sex complicates Gabe’s mission but they both know what they want: hot, hot, hot sex!
“She didn’t need foreplay. She wanted fast and hot and sweaty. Tugging on his head, she pulled him in for a kiss. Their mouths met, and light exploded behind her eyes. All the aching crescendoed and her body melted into his.”
I really enjoyed these two characters and following along as their relationship progressed from just sex to something more. My only criticism is that I wanted more action and danger! The climax of this book is so anti-climactic that is kind of feels like a let-down. Natalie is ex-CIA, Gabe is a sniper – where’s this perceived danger?? I wanted that scene – you know what I’m talking about – the one where Natalie is in danger and Gabe swoops in to save her and there’s a big reveal of emotions (“I thought I was going to lose you!” said no one in the book) before they have epically hot sex. This book needed some hot danger to go with its hot sex. Still, I want to go back and reread the others and I hope HelenKay Dimon gives her readers more of Gabe and Natalie.