Adam Hicks may be the rookie at Safeguard, but he’s no novice in the field. Retired from active duty after multiple tours and back fresh from a brief rest in New Zealand, he’s itching to return to action. But the challenge he hoped for arrives in an unexpected form: his sexy yet stern new partner.
The last thing Victoria Ash wants is to work with the new guy—especially one as gorgeous as Adam. His relaxed attitude about their first “easy” assignment together—setting up a private home defense network for a reclusive client—doesn’t impress her. Easy usually means trouble. She’s proved right when Adam discovers that the multiple incursions on the physical and cyber security systems aren’t just glitches. They’re under attack…and there’s a traitor in their midst.
As tension mounts, so does the attraction between Victoria and Adam. They must protect their client and the research he’s desperately trying to keep secret. Working together, they have to find the mole before their defense measures, in the fortress and online, are compromised and the deadly secrets they’ve sworn to protect are revealed.
Romantic suspense is a difficult trope. There needs to be a balance with the romance, keeping the connection between the hero and the heroine and there needs to be the suspense, the action. if there is too much action, you lose the romance. If there is too much romance, the suspense and action starts to seem out of place.
Adam and Victoria have the connection, the romance, and the passion. They meet initially and have a one night stand, not knowing who the other is...and, then they get a surprise when they meet their new partner at Safeguard.
The story had a lot of potential, and I liked the connection between Adam and Victoria. But, I thought the connection was overshadowed by the action element. It was interesting, and the storyline was compelling...but the connection seemed less important than the suspense story.
I did like this overall, but I wanted more connection and more time spent with the connection between Adam and Victoria. It wasn't a bad story, but there was something lacking for me at the end.
I do recommend this title as I enjoyed it overall.