In the riveting, opposites-attract second installment of Steele Ridge: The Blackwells, a charming recovery agent questions his role in the family business until his next case lands him in the middle of a jewelry heist with an intoxicating museum manager as the prime suspect.
Acquisitions manager Maddy Carmichael has an urgent problem. Someone has stolen priceless jewels from the Thompson Presidential Center, including pieces belonging to the Queen of England. The museum’s reputation depends on retrieving the jewels before news of the theft leaks, so Maddy turns to Phin Blackwell, of Blackwell Asset Recovery Services. BARS is known for doing whatever it takes to satisfy their clients. When Maddy meets the model-handsome Phin, she wonders how far that policy goes.
Phin jumps at the chance to land the Thompson case. Recovering the queen’s jewels could cement BARS as one of the top agencies in the field. It’s all business, until Phin realizes he can’t stop thinking about Maddy’s blue eyes and tempting curves.
As the professional lines blur, the FBI turns their investigative eye on Maddy. Phin must decide whether to help her and risk bringing down his family’s company or play it safe and lose the woman who’s quickly becoming the most important person in his life.
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Suspense, tension, hilarity, and romance
With every new book written by Adrienne Giordano that is released, I’m emphatic that it is the best one yet…Smoke Screen, the second book in the Steele Ridge: Blackwells series is no different. As the series progresses and the characters’ personalities develop, I find myself both intrigued by the Blackwell family business and the dynamics between the brothers…not to mention the uniqueness of each brother and how intricate each of their roles are in their successes.
Smoke Screen contains a seamless blend of elements for a completely engrossing story: suspense, a tension inducing and unpredictable plot, whip smart and wicked dialog, hilarious familial banter, strong supporting characters, and of course romance with believable chemistry. Ms Giordano proves once again how exceptional she is at how she crafts her characters to be entertaining and relatable through Phin, with his internal monologues, which had me in stitches, followed closely by Maddy’s inner self encouragements and admonishments…her characters stay with me long after their stories have ended.
Especially enjoyable was having both Steele and Kingston characters make appearances, providing an additional layer of familiarity with the Steele Ridge series. I’m quite looking forward to who’s next up in the brothers’ HEA journey, Ash, Rohan, or Cruz…either one will no doubt keep the momentum moving in the success of this series.
This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the author. I am voluntarily providing my honest review.