** 2021 RWA Vivian Award Finalist - Romantic Suspense **
** Finalist in the 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards **
“The slow-burn romance between Gabriel and Shane becomes delicious torture. This is a winner.” – Publishers Weekly Starred Review
There are three things you need to know about Shane P.I.
1) P.I. is not her last name, it’s her job title,
2) Her specialty is catching cheaters, and
3) She’s a superhuman – kind of.
Gabriel is a security expert for Cipher Security, and a former UN Peacekeeper with a fierce protective streak that finds its focus on the beautiful P.I.
Their attraction is like an elephant in a room full of breakable things, and figuring out how to trust each other with their hearts, and maybe their lives, is the most fragile thing of all.
'Code of Conduct' is a full-length contemporary romantic suspense, can be read as a standalone, and is book #1 in the Cipher Security series, Knitting in the City World, Penny Reid Book Universe.
A security agent and a private investigator find love in White's magnetic series opener. Denise Quimby hires pseudonymous PI Shane to recover funds she considers due to her from her cheating husband, Dane. Though Shane, who's had a leg amputated and whose skill set is now enhanced by her wide array of prosthetic legs fitted with different "Swiss Army-type gadgets," is successful in pilfering the money from Dane's account, she lands in hot water when Denise goes missing and Dane discovers Shane's part in the ruse. Gabriel Eze is an agent for Cipher Security, the firm hired by Dane to recover his money and locate his wife. When Gabriel and Shane inevitably collide, Gabriel is attracted to Shane despite knowing she stole money from his client. While searching for incriminating evidence on Shane, Gabriel moves into her apartment building, forcing their paths to keep crossing. But when Shane uncovers the surprising truth behind how Dane made his money, she and Gabriel go from enemies to allies and Gabriel offers her a consulting job with Cipher to dig further. Working the case brings up moral issues and forces Shane to confront her troubled past, adding emotional weight to the story even as the slow-burn romance between Gabriel and Shane becomes delicious torture. This is a winner. (Self-published)
What a wonderful author. Just the right amount of words and a good, solid plot line. A mixed-racial couple with one having a leg amputation thrown in plus several hackers, a security company, one or two nefarious individuals up to no good all combine to make an interesting set of characters. I can hardly wait for the next book.
I’m in trouble...
I loved everything about this book and, yes, could not put it down. Only problem: having now discovered the talents of April White, I am compelled to read her other books and, if Code or Conduct is any indication, will struggle to set them down even when I’m supposed to be getting caught up on work! If you love Penny Reid and her Knitting in the City universe, you will love Code of Conduct. It is truly seamless with the rest of the series yet has its own distinctive voice. It’s engaging, intriguing, entertaining and enchanting. I love her style, her use of language and the dialogue is never forced or maudlin. These are fully realized nuanced characters that really pull you in. This one is definitely going into the « To Be Re-read Later» folder!