Agent McKenzie is nobody’s ‘yes’ boy and has the letters of reprimand to prove it. He smells the stink of political maneuvering in this case and he can see the handwriting on the wall. Hell, the words are three feet high and written in crayon. Someone in his own agency wants a target on Liam Mercier’s back but McKenzie would be damned if he’d put one there. The damaged man currently in his custody needs his protection, not manipulation. That’s why he’d agreed to use a safe house that was off the grid. Throwing away his rarely used FBI procedure book had nothing to do with the protective urges he felt around Liam. Nope, not a damn thing to do with heavy doses of desire, or spikes of lust. He was just doing his job, after all, he has a killer to catch and a victim to keep alive. Protecting his best bet of taking that sick bastard down was his civic duty.
Forced to face the nightmares of his past or lose his pension, Liam Mercier did the only thing he could do. He walked back into his personal hell. The man assigned to protect him is everything Liam wanted and needed—four years ago. Leaving the small island of sanity he’d been existing on could cost him everything. But being hunted by a genius, sadistic killer without the protection of the sexy, intense, agent was a guaranteed death sentence. Fate had dictated Liam’s course four years ago. The only thing he questioned was when his killer going to finish his work.
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Haunted by the traumatic events of five years, Liam lives in fear of the man who tortured him. When the serial killer escapes, Liam has no choice but to try to help the FBI catch him. He does not expect for the agent in charge to awaken feelings that have been gone for years. McKenzie is instantly attracted to the man he is supposed to protect, and it doesn't take long before they both give into to the attraction. I loved the way that he took care of Liam's needs, both physically and emotionally. Liam's old self began to come out the more he worked on the case. Loved the drama and suspense of the case, but felt the romance moved too quickly and was a bit on the cheesy side. Having said that, I still enjoyed the story and I'm really hoping that McKenzie's parter Sam gets his own book.
I received an ARC for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Kris Michaels is the alter ego of a happily married wife and mother who loves to write erotic romance with a twist of military flavor. A chance meeting and immediate friendship with an established author propelled Kris into a world where her lifelong fantasy of publishing romance novels came true! Her vivid imagination and erotic fantasies evolved into the Kings of Guardian Series now under contract to be published with Troll River Publishing.