Author: Nicole Edwards
Series: Sniper 1 Security #2
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Genre: Erotic Romance, M/M, Romantic Suspense
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Ryan Trexler has devoted his entire life to his family’s security business. And now that he’s slated to take over the reins for the company, RT knows that his life is only going to get more complicated. Add in the fact that he’s lusting over one of the men who works for him and RT knows that there are some serious tough times ahead.
Zachariah Tavoularis—nicknamed Z—has been employed by Sniper 1 Security for a decade. Despite being known as the most loyal enforcer outside of family, Z also has a reputation of being quite the playboy, though that was based more on rumor than fact. When an assignment comes up that forces the two of them to work together, Z knows it’s time to show RT he’s not the man he thinks he is.
Can they complete the mission, despite the fact that it puts them in a tenuous situation, bringing them closer than either of them ever expected? And will Z allow RT to convince him that they can never be together, no matter how much they both want it?
“How’s the business goin’?” Travis asked as he steered Ryan toward a booth near the front of the bar.
“Busy,” Ryan answered.
“That’s a good thing, right?”
“Of course.” Ryan smiled as they approached Travis’s wife Kylie and their husband Gage. “Good to see y’all again.”
“Same here. Have a seat.” Gage motioned toward the opposite side of the table as he slid his other arm over Kylie’s shoulders and pulled her close while Travis grabbed a chair.
Flipping it around backward, Travis straddled the seat, placing his elbow on the table. Ryan didn’t miss that Travis’s other hand disappeared under the table, likely resting on Kylie’s leg if he had to guess.
“We weren’t sure you’d be able to make it,” Travis said.
Ryan knew he could always be called back to work at any time, depending on the case, but he didn’t need to tell Travis as much. The man ran a multi-million dollar resort, so he understood. “I’m glad I could.”
“How’s Z doin’?” Kylie asked, peering toward the back of the room where Z had been pulled away by his friends a few minutes before.
“You know Z. Nothing gets him down.”
Gage smiled. “Seems he’s quite interested in you.”
Knowing better, Ryan still turned to glance in Z’s direction. He thought for sure he’d be busted stealing a look, but Z was paying him no attention.
“And you’re quite interested in him,” Kylie noted.
Ryan’s head snapped back around to face her. He was about to fire off a rebuttal, but her smile silenced him.
“Leave the poor man alone,” Travis injected. “He’s in denial.”
“I concur,” Gage added.
“Why’s everybody gangin’ up on me?” Ryan questioned, unable to hide the smile.
“Seemed like the thing to do.” Travis took a sip of his beer.
So I’m going to be completely honest here. I had the exact same problems with this book as I did the first one. I love Nicole Edward’s writing and characters so much, but it was almost to distraction, which is why I’ve had to think on it for a few days on how to word it. I get that there are always kinks when you start a new series. Tons of characters to introduce, relationships to build, history to explain. But when you spend half the book doing just that, and not only that, but repeating the same things over and over again, well, it becomes redundant. Give the readers some credit that they caught on the first time, and the other nine weren’t necessary. Heck, to be quite honest, I would have been fine with no more explanation than the family trees she included at the front of each book. For me, that was enough. But again, this was the only problem I had with the book. I really h ope future books in this series don’t shove history we are already aware of down our throats. We get it. Get on to the good stuff! Because trust me, there was plenty of that…
This was RT (Ryan) and Z’s story, and two things Nicole never fails to do is write detailed, steamy scenes and give us characters we instantly fall in love with. Within pages they cease being mere characters and become family. You genuinely care about everything that happens to them and are rooting for them to get their crap together. I understood RT’s reluctance to get in the game again, I truly did. But at the same time I just wanted to slap the man upside of his head and force him to take the chance. Because I just knew if he did the results would be magic. Underneath the tough exterior he projected was really just a man who wanted to be truly loved for who he was. And there was so much of RT to love. I really enjoyed their back and forth because you could tell they were friends first. Though their attraction couldn’t be denied, a relationship based on trust will always stand a better chance of lasting.
Z, Z, Z. That man. I’ll admit, I wanted to keep him all for myself. I loved how even though he was authentically himself, he still held secrets close to his heart. He let people believe one thing for it was far easier than explaining himself. But once you got to the heart of him, there was a whole lot to love. I loved that even though he tended to wear his heart on his sleeve, he fought for what he wanted. Because when he and RT came together, it was pure combustion. Z was ALL man yet he wasn’t afraid to voice his feelings or opinions. I found it so refreshing to read about someone so comfortable in their own skin. I loved that for both of the characters, as well as everyone else in the book, there were no hangups about their sexual status. It is very rare to find that in a book, though it shouldn’t be. Everyone was so open, it was no big deal at all, and I thoroughly enjoyed that.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. Because even though there was excessive over-explaining, at the heart of the book was a true love story. And it’s that fact right there that will always keep me coming back to Nicole Edwards for more. Bravo!
Trace Kogan will go to any length to protect those who need protecting. That is the business he is in; the business his father, Casper Kogan, started with Bryce Trexler more than thirty-five years ago. Trace spends day and night eliminating threats to clients, so when the danger hits too close to home, he won’t let anything come between him and the woman who desperately needs his help.
His fear… the physical reaction he has to Marissa may pose a bigger danger than the ghost that they find themselves up against.
Marissa Trexler has spent the last twelve months of her life in hiding, tucked away in one safe house after another for her own protection. The threat to her is real even if the reason is still unknown. Strangely, whoever is after her seems to find her no matter where she goes, leading her family to believe it’s an inside job.
So when the decision is made that Trace will provide personal protection, she can’t say no, even if being close to him adds another level of danger… and this one is to her heart.