This novel had me from the first page, which introduces us to ex-marine Georgia Bennett, a cranky private security contractor who is dreading her next assignment. Her boss is sending her to watch over Parker Livingston, a tech nerd who made millions from an addictive and wildly popular game. But she soon learns he’s also been consulting with the US government and has developed an all-encompassing—and top-secret—surveillance programme. And someone has turned that programme against him. Good thing Georgia is an expert marksman who can keep cool under pressure.
As a girl who appreciates brain over brawn in my romance heroes, I could not get enough of Parker Livingston. He’s the best kind of smart-ass: confident and cocky, witty and sarcastic, and so, so clever. But his skill set doesn’t include marksmanship or hand-to-hand combat, and as the threats escalate and he and Georgia are forced to go on the run with little more than the clothes on their backs, he’s man enough to admit that she’s far more capable of protecting them both than he’d ever be.
Ultimately it’s the way Parker and Georgia have genuine appreciation and respect for one another’s strengths that kept me rapt as they give in to the sparks while managing one close escape after another. Nothing brings two people together like a high-adrenaline race for their lives, but nothing keeps them together after the rush of danger like true admiration and love.
- Alison Dasho, Editor