Agent McKenzie is nobody’s ‘yes’ boy and has the letters of reprimand to prove it. He smells the stink of political maneuvering in this case and he can see the handwriting on the wall. Hell, the words are three feet high and written in crayon. Someone in his own agency wants a target on Liam Mercier’s back but McKenzie would be damned if he’d put one there. The damaged man currently in his custody needs his protection, not manipulation. That’s why he’d agreed to use a safe house that was off the grid. Throwing away his rarely used FBI procedure book had nothing to do with the protective urges he felt around Liam. Nope, not a damn thing to do with heavy doses of desire, or spikes of lust. He was just doing his job, after all, he has a killer to catch and a victim to keep alive. Protecting his best bet of taking that sick bastard down was his civic duty.
Forced to face the nightmares of his past or lose his pension, Liam Mercier did the only thing he could do. He walked back into his personal hell. The man assigned to protect him is everything Liam wanted and needed—four years ago. Leaving the small island of sanity he’d been existing on could cost him everything. But being hunted by a genius, sadistic killer without the protection of the sexy, intense, agent was a guaranteed death sentence. Fate had dictated Liam’s course four years ago. The only thing he questioned was when his killer going to finish his work.
When I started reading this book I thought for sure it was going to be 5 stars. The psychological thriller/mystery plotline was really good, excellent even. But the love story portion of it wasn’t…until really the very end.
There is a madman on the loose ready to finish a job he started 5 years ago. And it’s Steele’s job to find him without further damage to the target of the madman’s sick and twisted desire.
What Liam suffered through was absolutely terrifying to read…I can’t even imagine what it was like to live through. He strength and will to live are astounding. And because of that unimaginable terror he lived through, he was closed off from the world and totally shut down from reality – for the last 5 years. This plotline was fascinating. He was surprisingly extremely smart and quick-witted. What I had a problem with was the instant love between Liam and Steele. Upon first site, Steele decided he was going to protect Liam at all costs and as soon as he had him in a safe location, took him to bed. And I get that Liam hasn’t had any physical contact in years, but this was truly unbelievable to me. Their relationship should have built slowly throughout the story to be more believable and better for Liam. I really didn’t like the way Steele treated Liam…it was almost crappy at times. Steele seemed almost barbaric in his protection of Liam. Near the end of the book – the last 20% – the relationship was better; it seemed more even and Steele wasn’t quite so demeaning to Liam.
The supporting cast was good. I’m assuming if there is a follow up story it will be about Sam Masterson because it was foreshadowed quite a bit in this story. It stands to be a good story if it is developed fully before the romance takes over.
Kris Michaels is the alter ego of a happily married wife and mother who loves to write erotic romance with a twist of military flavor. A chance meeting and immediate friendship with an established author propelled Kris into a world where her lifelong fantasy of publishing romance novels came true! Her vivid imagination and erotic fantasies evolved into the Kings of Guardian Series now under contract to be published with Troll River Publishing.