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 book #1 in the Cipher Security series, is a full-length romantic suspense novel, and can be read as a standalone.
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)
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Review: Cipher Security 1: Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct by April White is the third book in the Smartypants Romance series - a set of interconnected standalones set in the Penny Reid multiverse of awesome romance - and is the first book in the Cipher Security series.
A story of a wonderfully independent private investigator known as Shane PI and the security guy who is determined to partner with her in more than just the workplace. Set in Chicago on the Security side of Cipher Systems, the romance of Gabe and Shane will have you swooning at his sweetness and honesty and pumping your fist at Shane's straight up feminine awesomeness! The setting for Cipher Systems was fantastic and I'm super excited to see what happens next in the world we first met with Quinn and Janie from the Knitting in the City Series. Loved it! Enjoy!
Slow burn romance with a bit of suspense
Love, Love, LOVE this book!! Code of Conduct reads a bit like a suspenseful urban action adventure with lots of slow burn romance mixed in.
Shane, P.I. is a fierce, extraordinary superhero of a heroine. She hides anything that might be considered a weakness and her character really drives this story. Gabriel has to stay on his toes to keep up and there is no way he can fight the incendiary attraction.
“Liquid heat. That’s all I was–the sum total of my being. I was on fire and melting from the inside out. Gabriel’s hands burned my face where he held me, his lips singed and his tongue teased mine.”
How to explain my FAVORITE thing about this story...?
Both the H & h have something in their past that is haunting them and getting in the way of relationships, etc. but while the author reveals the details through the story, she never HARPS on these events. We KNOW and can see the effects of their pasts play out without it being mentioned 800 TIMES!!!
“We are full of landmines, you and me. I keep stepping on yours, and mine seem to have hair triggers that explode when I least expect them to.”
I’m absolutely IN LOVE with this story, these characters, this author!! Code of Conduct is my first book by this author and I was immediately smitten. The story is truly enmeshed in the Penny Reid universe, seemingly effortlessly incorporating her characters.