Grace Coolidge is now a widow.She will never forget the horror of that day.
Or the betrayal of those who were sworn to protect the president.But she’ll also never forget John Marin, the Secret Service agent who carried
her to safety and saved her sanity.
Now she is forced to accept protection in order to fulfill her public duties,
and he is the only man she can trust to protect her.After the President was assassinated on his watch, John sold everything he
owned and left town. He wants no part of that life, and is perfectly content
with good rum and willing women.
But when Grace tracks him down and begs him to protect her, he finds it hard to
resist the beautiful, haunted woman. He knows there is more to this than
leading her through crowds with his hand on her back. She is hiding something,
and he will stop at nothing to get to the truth.Whatever her past, she is a lady first, and he will protect her with his life,
no matter the cost.
It was only two weeks, she said. But he knows better.A lifetime wouldn’t be enough with this woman.ADD TO GOODREADS
💋 My Review:
What a wild ride this is! A fantastic political thriller with a side of a spanking good romance. This is my first read by this author and I love her words. I savored each one. There’s so much wonderful writing in this story from the devastating murder plot to the humorous English interactions to the palatable sexual tension to the military style ops action. It starts out as a suspenseful political thriller following the former First Lady, Grace, and a former Secret Service agent, John Marin, in the aftermath of the President’s assassination. He blames himself and is hiding in a bottle of rum and she is recovering and holding onto a secret with national implications. She bullies him into serving as her protective detail on a memorial tour a year after the assassination. As they spend time planning their trip they grow closer and the story takes a turn into a hot-as-hell almost romance. Let me get to the characters. Lady Grace is a delicate English rose with a spine of steel and a sassy attitude. Along with her title and wealth she expects to give the orders. She is wonderful layered character. Marin watched her for years when he was guarding the Prez and harbors an admiration and desire for her. He is such a man! Dominant alpha bada$$ cowboy that is commanding and demands to be in charge. The story takes a sexy turn that I’m sure some might not appreciate but I’m all for a good ole bodice ripper! Marin takes Grace in hand when she doesn’t follow his orders. This fabulous hunk jumps off the pages. Shivers! The chemistry between these two is undeniable and steamy. She wants to move forward with a relationship but he won’t because he doesn’t think he will be able to do his job of protecting her. Grace was a little annoying in her refusal to follow the plan but her actions did advance the bodice ripping aspect so all’s good. At it’s heart the story is one of political intrigue and mystery that is exciting and thrilling. Marin brings in his crew to help with security and these characters are terrific. Maybe we’ll get stories about the seven dwarfs 😉 This is a mature story with mature characters and I loved it.
time she was a small child. The fantasies included strong men and strong,
loving relationships. She discovered romance novels quite by accident, once
she’d devoured everything by Stephen King and Joseph Wambaugh. Desperate for
something new to read, she picked up The Other Side of Midnight by Sidney
Sheldon. After that, she found Scruples, by Judith Krantz. A whole new world
opened up, and she buried herself in everything these authors wrote. She was
fascinated with how the stories were able to capture her and take her to
another place. But, more than that, she paid attention to how the words, the
writing, made her feel.
kids were moving about on their own. She falls in love on a daily basis with
her characters, and hopes readers will do the same.
together under extraordinary circumstances. An unapologetic alpha hero who will
stop at nothing to keep the woman he loves safe, and a strong, intelligent
heroine who finds his supercilious, high-handed ways trying at best, find each
other as both fight for freedom, independence, and ultimately love.
rich storytelling, her husband inspires the romance, and her kids inspire the
laughs. Jade lives in SoCal with her family.