"No one does Romantic Suspense like Diana Gardin. I was rooting for Ronin and Olive from the very first page." -- Susan Stoker, New York Times bestselling author
A sexy and suspenseful standalone in the Rescue Ops series.
By saving her, he might just save himself...
I'm broken. I have been for seven years. Ever since my wife was murdered while I was deployed overseas. I was protecting our country, but I should have been protecting her. I haven't looked at another woman since--but then Olive Alexander crossed my path. She stirs up feelings I thought were long dead. So when her house is ransacked after she receives a threatening message, I know I have to step in and keep her safe. I failed my wife, but I won't fail Olive. Unfortunately, Olive isn't exactly ready to accept my help...
With her sexy-as-sin pencil skirts and sleek ponytails, Olive clearly doesn't let anything--or anyone--mess up her perfectly ordered life. But years spent working as a special ops soldier has taught me how to read people... and I know Olive is hiding something. When my covert mission for Night Eagle Security collides with Olive's past, I'll have to get her to open up--or risk losing her. And losing Olive is not an option. If she's in danger, I'll defend her...even if it costs me my life.
Sexy, sensual, suspenseful romp
Disclaimer: ARC received in exchange for an honest review
Promise to Defend is Diana Gardin’s second installment in her Rescue Ops series (which is a spinoff of her Battle Scars series). Set in coastal Wilmington, North Carolina, Promise to Defend is the story of ex-Special Forces now Night Eagle Securities bad@ss with a hero complex, Ronin Shaw, and interior designer with some skeletons in her walk-in closet, Olive Alexander; it picks up right where its predecessor, Sworn to Protect, leaves off.
What's in the water at NES that the men of the high-profile security firm have a proclivity for damsels in distress? And why are Gardin's heroines always mixed up in some kind of trouble? These former military men seem overwhelmingly drawn to beautiful, strong women with targets on their backs, and this scenario again plays out in Promise to Defend. Despite being willful and extremely independent, Olive’s past has come back to haunt her, becoming a problem far too large for her to handle on her own. Her issues are unknowingly intertwined with the crippling pain of Ronin’s past, which, when added to her pride and his alpha-male protective tendencies, makes their coupling quite compelling.
Again, Gardin spins a romantic suspense yarn unlike any other. Her work is often fast-paced, complex, and engaging, and Promise to Defend certainly checks all these boxes. Ronin and Olive’s relationship is a little insta-love-y, but remains authentic and genuine in Gardin's deft and capable hands. She has a gift for developing likable, empathetic characters who undergo significant personal growth often as a result of the romantic relationships she cultivates for them. I highly recommend this series, which continues later this year with Mine to Save, to readers looking for a sexy, sensual, suspenseful romp that absolutely does not disappoint.
An excellent read and great addition to the series. Looking forward to the next book.