Title: Above and Beyond
Series: To Serve and Protect #1
Author: Kathryn Shay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 13, 2017
A family of heroes, all in dangerous jobs, all irrevocably tied to those they love. Read about the Marino clan in this fast-paced, emotional new series, To Serve and Protect, by NYT bestselling author Kathryn Shay.
Nick Marino is the top guy on POTUS’s Secret Service detail. But he’s temporarily sent to upstate New York to guard the president’s sister, Isabelle Barton, who is being threatened in anonymous notes. There, Nick becomes involved with the widowed mom and twin boys, who quickly win over what he thought was his hardened heart. Amidst the heightened anxiety of tracking down the threats, the constant vigilance and an ever-growing sexual attraction between Isabelle and Nick, these two people must uncover not only the plot against her, but determine what to do about their impossible romance.
ABOVE AND BEYOND provides a deep dive into the life of a Secret Service agent and a close look at being related to the most powerful man in the world, along with the glamor of Washington, D.C. politics. The story will keep you interested and capture your heart.
I enjoy Kathryn Shay as I like the grittier and more realistic look at the Secret Service and this is exactly what you get in this book.
Nick is the agent in charge of the protection for the president’s sister and he takes his job seriously, there is no room for mistakes, for errors, or for second guessing that he acted out of emotion instead of training and experience.
And then he meets Isabelle, and he struggles with being in charge of her protection and wanting more with her, fully cognizant of the fact that pursuing a relationship with her could change the trajectory of his career. He can’t be on the president’s detail and involved with the sister of his protectee, nor can he really move forward after becoming involved with Isabelle, who he meets as a protectee.
So, there is a lot going on, and it complicates their relationship and makes it nearly impossible. The issue is that they both really want to pursue the connection they share and it is harder and harder to maintain the distance required for Nick to do his job.
There is a resolution, obviously as it is a romance with a HEA…but it is one that requires a little give and take on both sides. I liked this, and I believed it. The foundation of the relationship was strong enough that I believed that Nick and Isabelle would make the choices they eventually make.
The pacing was a little slow in the beginning, which made the end of the book move a little quickly, although it seems like this was also necessary as there was a need to build up the info, the backstory, of Nick as an agent and what that entailed.
I do recommend this title. It was a gritty and real-feeling look at the world of a secret service agent, with a little romance thrown in.