This was a really great book, though I was a little disappointed that the villain was revealed early on, and the romantic conflict was a bit weak. Kate's story is the third in a trilogy (?), tracking the fate of four children, orphaned by the death of their parents and scattered to the wind in the wake of their parent's alleged embezzlement.
The story begins when Kate lands a new job reporting on Capitol politics in Austin for a local TV news station, but bodyguard Teague Ramos is soon enlisted when a stalker's attention turns violent. The heat between Kate and Teague is immediate and stays strong as the stalker's threat is replaced by a lascivious senator and his ties to the small town where Kate's birth family was divided.
Teague was an impressive hero, big, brooding and sexy; he also came across as smart, and fell in love with the standard reluctance Dodd's hero's usually display. Kate was likeable, intelligent, and assertive enough to be admirable without being too aggressive. The villain was appropriately slimy, though he was not developed in any depth.
But at times throughout the novel the hero's big brood seemed a little manufactured--he claimed to be hung up on an incident in his past (surprise), and worried revealing it would send Kate running. The incident itself was moderately inventive, but it just didn't seem bad enough to keep the two at odds; and Teague did very little to fuel the separation throughout the book (unlike in Pepper's story where Dan did asinine things throughout the book just to keep it interesting). So the conclusion to the romance was a little anti-climactic.
Likewise, while I was glad to finally learn a little more about the mystery surrounding the death of Kate's birth parents, the little glimpses into the villain's mind peppered throughout the book undermined the suspense and the ending was not particularly surprising. Also, the book was written like the end of a trilogy, and I would be a little disappointed if we never get a chance to hear Gabriel's story.
Overall, however, it was a very entertaining book with snappy dialogue and loveable characters; a satisfying end to a wonderful series.