My mind works in odd ways and somehow it always manages to make seemingly-random connections. Don’t believe me? Take a look at how my train-of-though went from Earth Day (happy Earth Day!) to Hidden Threat, the latest book I just read:
SYNOPSIS: After learning that her father has been in an accident, Cali Stanton immediately returns home from overseas. Because of his injuries, her father is unable to work and asks Cali to take over his business while he recovers. She agrees, but is wary when he reveals that he’s hired two new specialized security managers for the company. Why would the CEO of a medical supply company need beefed up security?
“Beefed up” takes on a whole new meaning when Cali lays eyes on Matthew Andersen, one of the new security managers. Right away there are sparks between the couple, despite their refusal to mix business with pleasure. As threats to the company begin to escalate and Cali’s life is put in jeopardy, Matthew is even more determined to nail whoever is behind this. But can he figure out who’s sabotaging the company while also juggling his growing attraction to the boss’s daughter?
Wow, did this book suck me in! Right away I was pulled into Cali’s life as she returned home and assumed the temporary position as CEO. She was fiercely independent, but not at all obnoxiously stubborn or TSTL (too stupid to live). Matthew was definitely an Alpha hero, but his protectiveness came off as concern instead of caveman-like. A large portion of the book focuses on the build-up between the couple, and I really appreciated the back and forth “dance” between them; it reminded me of real-life, where men and women play the “I like him, but refuse to admit it because I’m not sure he feels the same way” game. You know which one I’m talking about. Drives you crazy in a sexy-cool sort of way…love it!
I also really enjoyed how the narrative didn’t only focus on Cali and Matthew. For example, there were also well-developed scenes involving Matthew’s brother, Jason, and his love interest, which not only added substance, but also provided insight into the main characters from a secondary point-of-view. Also, I’m usually the sort of person who can figure out “whodunnit” way before the main characters can, but I was surprised by the twists and turns throughout the book. I will say, however, that there were a few grammatical errors that my editing eyes couldn’t help but notice, but to be honest, the story was so good that they were easily dismissed. Ooh, one more plus to top off the compliment sandwich: Even though the backdrop revolved around a medical company, the narrative was not littered with incomprehensible jargon, which was extremely refreshing, especially since it seemed like an easy opportunity for the author to insert a bunch of medical mumbo-jumbo. Final thoughts: go forth and read it for yourself!
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**Edit: I received Hidden Threat as a complimentary copy for review from the publisher.