From the time I was a kid, I knew I wanted a job helping people. After serving in the Rifles regiment of the British Army, I focused my civilian career on becoming a bodyguard to the rich and famous. For a Cockney Brit, I never imagined a twist of fate landing me a position in the United States Secret Service and protecting the President’s son. But then my boss made an unexpected request: leave my current placement to move in with his only daughter to give an added layer of protection against the threats she had been receiving. I’d never lived with a woman who was off-limits to me. It wasn’t just that Caroline had a boyfriend. She was my best friend’s sister, and my boss’s daughter. But the longer we’re in such close quarters together, the greater the temptation grows, but I know I’ll lose everything if I pursue her.
Growing up as the only girl and with two overbearing older brothers, I’m no stranger to being overprotected. Just as I finished up college and prepared to truly dip my toes into the adult world, my father was elected President of the United States, which added a whole new level of protection with the Secret Service team attached to me. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly be more smothered, I began receiving threats, and my family decided it wasn’t enough to just have an agent living down the hall from me. Nope, I was to have one move in with me, and not just any agent, but Ty Frasier—my brother, Barrett’s best friend, and my brother, Ty’s, head agent. While most women would enjoy living with a sexy, buff Brit, having a roommate threw a wrench into all my plans. Especially when I began noticing Ty was so much more than a hot guy.
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Such a fun read! You really can’t go wrong with a good Secret Service who’s former UK military/president’s daughter who’s being stalked romance, amirite? 😉
Carolyn and Ty were great together. I loved that they tried to keep their relationship professional (until they couldn’t anymore, of course!) and that they each had so much respect for the other one’s abilities and capabilities. Whether in the grocery store, the office, or their apartment, they made a great team. The suspense portion of the story keeps everyone on their toes (and yikes, it was all I could do not to yell at Ty when the suspect shows up on the page and he doesn’t realize it yet!) even while the characters alternate between making me laugh (watch out for those coupons!)and making me swoon (because…Ty.)
And really, you can’t ask much more from a hero than to be willing to take a bullet for his heroine. Maybe even two. Possibly in an inconvenient and embarrassing place that neither she nor her family will let you forget.
Somehow I missed the first book in the series ( Running Mate) and only read the second ( Office Mate ) before this one, but it didn’t matter–this one could even have worked as a standalone. Personally, I’d rather it didn’t–the Callahans and their significant others/soon-to-be significant others are a whole lot of fun–so you’d better believe I’ll be picking up book one ASAP–and looking forward to what Ms. Ashley has in store for us next! 🙂
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.