US Marshal Jaeger Tripp is assigned to the Federal Witness Protection Program. The hurt and destruction he’s seen—along with protecting criminals who are only cooperating with the authorities to keep themselves out of jail—have left him with a bleak and jaded view of both life and people. His current assignment is Wren O’Riley, a computer wizard who witnessed a high-profile cartel hit.
To Jaeger, Wren is the same as any other job. He must protect him long enough to get him to testify at trial, and his personal feelings have no place in his work and must be set aside. But that’s easier said than done. On the run and fighting for their lives, Jaeger and Wren can’t help but grow closer. And Jaeger can’t help seeing beyond Wren’s nerdy exterior to a man who might be just what Jaeger needs to settle his soul and capture his heart—if they survive long enough to get that chance.
First, I just LOVE the cover for this book (and for the series)!
Second, I haven’t read any other book in this series though I might now. I don’t think you need to read these in order or at all, as each book is it’s own set of characters (as far as I can tell).
Third, there were parts of this book that really worked for me and parts that I struggled with, but overall, I think it was a pretty good “bodyguard” romance with a lovely little paranormal twist.
What worked for me: Jaeger and Wren as characters. They were both really well developed and had a strong presence throughout the book. There were a few lines Jaeger spoke here and there that really didn’t fit his character, but I sort of forgave that as he was usually under the spell of sex or love when he uttered the lines. I didn’t always understand Jaeger’s drive beyond his paranormal back story and I wish we’d have had more of his life history (this life time) to explain his current “self” a bit more. Wren, however, felt really well developed and he felt true to his character throughout.
I also really loved the paranormal aspect of this story.
I thought the spy/FBI/doublecross/whodunit drama was interesting and well done.
What didn’t work for me: As a said before, sometimes there were lines that didn’t make sense given the character. I know this is erotic fiction, but sometimes the switch from action, to erotica, to paranormal love story felt a bit jangly and disconcerting. (ie the reference to fisting felt really out of place.)
As an intro to this series, I found this fascinating and well-done and I’m looking forward to investigating others in this series now that I’ve found it!
4.25 (rounded up to 4.5 ) of 5 stars
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