The first novel in the explosive new Southern Shield series from New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight explores the intoxicating games between a female cop and a Navy SEAL—and the killer instincts of a secret enemy watching every move they make.
Atlanta deputy Alexis Rogers and Navy SEAL Frank Murphy know all about power and restraint, necessary force, and pushing their limits. When they meet in the darkness of a BDSM club, their skills are put to use. With each successive night comes a new adrenaline rush, and while they’re falling into something perilously close to love, their games are still too private, too extreme, and too daring ever to be exposed.
But their intimate lives are upended when a fellow deputy of Alex’s is killed. It’s not a tragic hazard of the job. It’s cold-blooded murder. And he’s not the last to be taken out. Now Alex and Frank have found themselves more vulnerable than ever—and exposed to a killer with a twisted vendetta who turns desire into the most dangerous sensation of all.
Launching the Southern Shields series, Knight brings enough passion to carry this otherwise tensionless narrative. Alexis Rogers is a cop with a secret kinky lifestyle. Frank Murphy is introduced to her by a mutual friend. Their chemistry is instant and unrelenting, slowed not at all by the discovery that they work for the same sheriff's office and are assigned to the same investigation. Their adventures don't amount to a mystery, since Knight reveals the culprit on page one. Any sense of thrill or risk in the scenes of kinky sex is mitigated by frequent interruptions that deliver clunky exposition on the ideals of BDSM, and the only nonheterosexual characters are murder victims. However, once these obstacles are overcome, Knight delivers on most of the promises she makes. This is neither a police procedural nor a romance, but a flirtation with both, and readers will have to overlook the poor workmanship in favor of the satisfying erotic scenes and story conclusion.