- File Size: 1295 KB
- Print Length: 225 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0263932281
- Publisher: Harlequin Dare (August 1, 2018)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2018
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079GXYDLX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,521 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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…unless it’s wickedly worth it
The moment he meets sublime coding prodigy Lily Gracen, Caleb Steele knows his “never get involved with a client” rule is going to be broken. But not until he stops her stalker. Caleb might be in charge of Lily’s safety, but when they’re locked down in her Silicon Valley mansion she’s the master. For keeping his hands off Lily is bringing Caleb close to the edge of his control…
This Author know how to write a great love story full of emotion and sexy goodness. The story also has action and suspense woven through it to form a well-rounded story. Lily and Caleb are such a great couple, just enough alike and different to make them interesting. I loved that Lily is a nerd girl, with wicked programming skills. Caleb is definitely alpha male, but also such a gentleman and caring guy.
Though this story is 200+ pages it seemed I just flew through it. I was engaged and captured into the story from the very beginning to the end.
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
I am voluntarily leaving this voluntary review, but for full disclosure I did receive an review copy, ARC, of this book from Harlequin via NetGalley.
The set-up is simple. Caleb Steele is a "fixer", a high-priced one, very picky about the jobs he accepts, and he has an interview with new client named Lily Gracen, a brilliant chief coder for a high-tech computer firm. It seems she's somehow acquired a stalker. When the two characters first meet they are instantly attracted to one another physically, and Caleb makes it quite clear that he doesn't ever get personally involved with his clients--but then this is a Dare romance after all, and we know that won't be the case for long.
Lily is petite, lovely and brilliant, dresses as if she's planning to attend a BDSM club, and has been steadily working on an algorithm that will revolutionize the computer industry and make billions of dollars in profits for her company, but so far, her stalker, who is really a cyber-stalker, has only sent her bits and pieces of her top secret code, meaning that despite strict company security measures, she's somehow been hacked.
Once Caleb is apprised of the facts, he first arranges for Lily's home to be made secure, and he then spirits her away to another safer location, and all the while these two are learning more about each other, and coming closer and closer to breaking Caleb's rule about not getting involved with his clients. Both characters have been hurt in the past, and both have erected walls to keep from being hurt again, but the attraction between these two characters soon gives way to incendiary sex, and while those scenes were certainly hot, what disappeared from the story was any sense of danger from Lily's stalker. There are no explicit threats, there are no attempts to kidnap her, no warning notes, no one appears to be tracking them, no communication whatsoever except a couple of additional computer messages containing bits and pieces of Lily's algorithm.
While I liked both main characters, and the smoking-hot chemistry between them, I especially admired Lily's sassy attitude and her intelligence, whereas Caleb was a little too alpha and bossy, but he didn't really cow Lily, who managed to hold the upper hand in their relationship quite often and quite well. Although I did understand that in Caleb's line of work, having a client obey his directives without question is paramount to their safety, much of the time, he seemed more concerned with getting Lily into bed, or the shower, or pretty much anywhere he could have sex with her, than he was concerned about keeping her safe. Having said that, once Caleb's rules are broken, his job of finding and stopping Lily's stalker just falls by the wayside, and handled by his employees, not him. When we finally do find out the identity of the stalker, it's done in such a throwaway fashion in a sentence or two, that it's clear that Lily's life was never really in danger, and I was left wondering why the author needed all the scene changes and safe houses Lily was moved to, when the threat was to her code, not her person.
While I did find this short novel to be a quick, hot and enjoyable read, I felt somewhat let down when the suspense/stalker aspect of the story practically became a non-issue. Yes, there's some emotional angst and drama between the two main characters, and the expected HEA ending, but looking at it objectively, although this book worked well as a sexy romance, as a reader, I felt that it definitely failed in the suspense department.
I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this novel. The opinions expressed are my own.