- File Size: 4055 KB
- Print Length: 126 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 15, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1975915712
- ISBN-13: 978-1975915711
- ASIN: B074PQ89T3
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,991 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Stripping Her Defenses (Secret Maneuvers Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The suspense elements started out with a lot of promise, but I do somewhat wonder where the implied threat to Daniel and Chloe disappeared. At one point he doesn't want to get involved with Chloe, as he is worried that will place her in a dangerous position, or put her at risk. However this seemed to have been forgotten within a chapter or two.
"And when the past comes calling, he’ll stop at nothing to protect her. Because when he's on a mission, he always gets his mark."
The above is a direct quote from the blurb, but I never felt that Chloe was in any danger or that she required any protection. The suspense elements were also reduced in the latter stages of the story, though I did get the impression they would continue in future books featuring other couples.
Now I like a good steamy read but some of the sex scenes in this felt unnecessary and almost as though they were put in the book because the hero and heroine happened to be alone together. The whole book had a fairly light on the drama 'beach read' feel to it. That's not a criticism as sometimes you don't want a heavy read full of angst and pain. I've read the author's "Walker Brothers" series and this didn't have quite the same emotional depth to it, perhaps because the author was concentrating more on adding the suspense/mystery element to the plot line.
I found the story easy to follow, the writing has a very natural feel to it and certainly helped keep my interest. I enjoyed this enough to want to read future books in the series and would recommend it if you are looking for an easy read with more to the story line than just romance.
Stripping Her Defenses is a nice sort of second chance romance. Chloe and Daniel shared a hot kiss when she was 19 but he coldly rejected her and told her to find someone her own age. Since then, she's lived her life, even marrying (and becoming a widow) but she's never forgotten her friend Sara's older brother. So when Sara tells her that her brother is coming home and she'd like Chloe to start looking for a home for him to buy, she isn't sure she wants to even see him again. But, she's a professional realtor and she doesn't want Daniel to think he still affects her, so off they go.
Daniel is home now after having served in the military. Something happened on his last mission that he and his friends don't talk about. He's living with regrets, survivor's guilt and a whole host of other issues. But, when he sees grown up Chloe, he's remembering their kiss and how, for her own sake, he had to reject her, and he's regretting it. Being around her brings him a sort of peace, and he can't ignore how beautifully she's grown up. Soon, he's managed to convince Chloe how good they can be together, and they're steaming up the sheets (and the homes she takes him to view). I was hoping their relationship would have a bit more tension, she forgave him awfully quickly. But the biggest letdown was that the danger implied in the blurb was not present. There was one meeting with a friend of Daniel's that had a little suspense, but that's it. After a little while, whatever happened on Daniel and Josh's last mission seemed to have been forgotten, and there was definitely no danger for Chloe. I felt as if the author forgot there was supposed to be a big danger to Chloe, and the story just took off into solely the romance aspect, forgetting the suspense part.
The romance aspect is good. It's sexy and Daniel and Chloe are a likable, engaging couple. I wish their relationship had more time to develop fully, but for the most part I enjoyed it. The secondary cast of Sara and Josh are also interesting. I'm hoping they get their own story soon.
I wish the blurb hadn't been so misleading, because I went into reading this with certain expectations. If the blurb had been more accurate - just that it was a second chance romance between Daniel and Chloe, I would have had different expectations and would have enjoyed it more. But, aside from the misleading blurb and my disappointment in that, and the not completely fleshed out romance, I enjoyed Stripping Her Defenses because it was sexy and Chloe and Daniel are both interesting, likable characters.
Adams has all right ingredients. She’s created memorable characters that are easy to relate to. The opening line of the book, “Regret is a strange thing…sometimes it drops a man to his knees. But sometimes it’s more like a slow drip poison.”, totally spoke to me.
Don’t misinterpret that line either, because Stripping Her Defenses is really about hope and renewal. Learning each day that the preset is a gift. Don’t let your past endanger your future. I loved Daniel. For all of his talk of not having survivor’s guilt, he still hasn’t been able to move on. Working through the baggage he brought back from the desert is no easy feat, but slowly he starts to find his way home, not just to the location of his sister’s house, but truly home.
Chloe has had to walk that hard road, to find home. She may not have been in the desert, but her loss was just as hard and her baggage just as heavy. Yet, she found reasons to take that hard road and help show Daniel the way.
I want to know so much more about the world and characters Adams created in Secret Maneuvers. I hope Adams doesn’t keep us waiting long!
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