Fifteen years ago, the Crane brothers assault and plan to rape their stepsister Annabelle. Fortunately, the timely intervention of officer Dan Whitman sends Annabelle to the safety of Serenity House. A few years later, she accepts a nanny position with Nathan Hyde's family. She and Nathan have an affair that ends tragically. Now, after five years as an undercover cop in Seattle, Annabelle returns home to recover from a bullet wound.
Nathan's political career has made him the target of stalker. Subtle clues indicate the perpetrator is someone close to him. He refuses the usual bodyguard, and only Dan's interference persuades him to accept Annabelle as an undercover bodyguard. Annabelle plays the role of Nathan's personal assistant, but the success of her assignment may depend upon how well they can control their feelings from the past.
Author Katheryn Shay pens an intriguing romance in AGAINST THE ODDS. Readers may object to the number of ethical boundaries that are crossed, however. Annabelle and Nathan's romance first began when he was married to someone else, and she agrees to become his bodyguard despite their personal history. Nevertheless, the greatest potential weaknesses of the story take on surprising strength as the surprising plot plays out. Readers will also cheer Annabelle's handling of her horrible stepbrothers. Fans will likewise enjoy the return of previous Serenity House residents, and can only hope for a second-generation series one day! AGAINST THE ODDS comes highly recommended.