The protector: Peter Jessup, former Navy SEAL, currently employed by Taylor Security. He likes being the hero—in charge and in control.
His client: Lawyer Isabelle DeRosa. The sexy brunette is the personification of Peter’s fantasies. She’s willing to get physical but nothing more serious.
The assignment: When Isabelle becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her cousin, Peter is there to protect her and help her find the real killer. Their investigation leads to a big-name charity that seems to draw cultlike followers. Isabelle manages to infiltrate the group and become close to their leader, leaving Peter both jealous and worried for her.
As their search leads to danger, Peter realizes he’s falling in love with Isabelle. He wants all of her, but she’s too used to guarding herself to let him in…
This is the second in the Private Protectors Series. We meet Peter Jessup, aka Monk, in Man Law as one of the ex-SEALs who have taken employment with Taylor Securities. In this book, we learn that Monk comes from a society family with a very healthy bank account. In Man Law, Monk’s cousin is killed. This was on top of having a bad outcome on his last security assignment. He feels responsibility and guilt over these deaths even though there was nothing he could have done about either of them. His boss at Taylor Securities sends him on a mandated R&R due to his mental health. (Let me add here…Poor potted fig tree. You’ll have to read the book to get that one!) He goes home to his parents’ estate but isn’t ready to let anyone in.
Isabella may be one of my favorite characters of the year! Scary Izzy is scary! But I really liked Fun Izzy. And Monk shares my opinion. Fun Izzy is…well, fun to be around. Isabella was sexually traumatized as a child (from age 8 to 15), and then to add insult to injury, her mother opts to sweep the abuse under the carpet. The abuser, her cousin, comes back into her life and let me say, what a creep! The author made my skin crawl in every scene where the cousin appears. But then her cousin is killed and law enforcement eyes turn to her and to Monk, as they has begun a “no-commitment, no-strings” relationship…as long as Scary Izzy stays away.
To help find her cousin’s killer, and remove any suspicion from her or Monk’s involvement, she agrees to go in undercover to the cult-like compound her cousin and his partner founded in Ohio. And as creepy as I found her cousin, his business partner may have worse. Monk is NOT going to let her go in there alone, so to the displeasure of the FBI, he finds a way into the compound.
As far as secondary characters…without a doubt, Monk’s mother is a gem. She adds so much color, and in one situation comic relief, that without her, I think the story might lose some of it’s depth.
This was a fast-paced, heart thrilling read that I can recommend! Great job, Adrienne.
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