2019 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense Finalist!
When Maxine Ricci’s models are brutally murdered, she’s convinced a serial killer is targeting her New York agency. She’ll do whatever it takes to safeguard her people—even if that means hiring bodyguard Shane O’Rourke. He alone understands the demands of the fashion world, because he used to be one of Max’s top models—until she fired him.
Reeling from a lawsuit that could tank his private security firm, Shane's got no choice but to accept Max’s offer. Unfortunately, the logistics of the job are a nightmare—as is the distraction of keeping close quarters with the sexiest, most challenging woman he's ever known. And Shane’s already learned the hard way that failure in his line of work can be deadly.
Despite Max’s number one rule not to date anyone she works with, soon she and Shane are as tangled up as the killer’s mind. By the time they realize Max is the madman’s ultimate obsession—it might be too late for Shane to protect her. Can they find and stop the killer before everything they’ve built comes undone?
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A Strong Finish!
Shane and his Uncle Joe run a security business, providing bodyguards for people in need who can pay for it. Max is the owner and creator of Ivory Management, a business that provides models for various assignments. She is a strong woman and gets very concerned when her models start getting murdered. She hires Shane’s firm to provide security to her employees. Years ago, Shane had been one of those employees, but got fired when he was no longer in high demand.
There are things that are very well done with this book, and things that are not quite as strong. The pacing starts off at a good clip, then slows toward the middle. The final section is a speed race filled with adrenaline! One aspect of the final reveal was a bit of a surprise, but not totally unexpected. At the start of the book, the age difference between the two main protagonists seems greater than toward the middle and end of the book. Altogether, this is a satisfying read.
I received this book for free from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily review this book. This is my honest review.