Rating: 4 Stars
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Bodyguard and former military man Cutter Bryant has always done his duty–no matter what the personal cost. Now he's taking one last high-octane, high-dollar assignment before settling down in a new role that means sacrificing his chance at love. But he never expects to share an irresistible chemistry with his beautiful new client.
Fame claimed Shealyn West suddenly and with a vengeance after starring in a steamy television drama, but it has come at the expense of her heart. Though she's pretending to date a co-star for her image, a past mistake has come back to haunt her. With a blackmailer watching her every move and the threat of career-ending exposure looming, Shealyn hires Cutter to shore up her security, never imagining their attraction will be too powerful to contain.
As Shealyn and Cutter navigate the scintillating line between business and pleasure, they unravel a web of secrets that threaten their relationship and their lives. When danger strikes, Cutter must decide whether to follow his heart for the first time, or risk losing Shealyn forever.
Cutter Bryant feels like he has to be responsible for everyone. Shaelyn West needs help but what puzzles me is that she seems to fight it. She reminds me why I never wanted to be in “the business”. It’s not for everyone, sometimes you have to change your name and even have to do so much just to stay in that career.
The mystery of “who” is very prevalent in this story but the author still has time to create some very steamy scenes. They fit perfectly into the storyline – don’t feel that they were placed there for the sake of adding in something sexy. It’s that sense of mystery and suspense that carries this book and the romance is just icing on the cake.
There are some secondary characters that if you have not met before you may want to check out the crossover series titled Wicked Lovers. At the very least you should check out Cutter’s brother’s story titled Devoted to Wicked. Two more to check out is Logan Edgington’s book You Belong To Me and Hunter Edgington’s Surrender To Me. And I certainly won’t stop you from reading the rest in that series. Especially since this author is an addiction.
This story has my head spinning. There were times where I just didn’t know if I was coming or going. Our author starts me off in one direction and then sends me in another. You would think I would get frustrated and give up but that frustration is what drove me on. I’m terrible at solving mysteries so this was a perfect fit for me since no way would I have been able to solve this one. What pleased me is that our author gave me a climactic ending. On the downside, I got no hint as to the next book – I had suspicions but now I have to wait until the reveal. Don’t go to her website because I already tried that one. Good thing I want to check out the Edgington brothers.
Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.
Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.