Let me start by saying that usually I do not find jumping in on a series a difficult thing, but in this book, the carryover in suspense and continued tension would have made more sense to me, had I read the first book. However, as I read further on into the story, pieces did start to fall into place for me, and I feel ‘caught up’ in the most basic sense.
HelenKay Dimon brings us the uber alpha male in Sebastian, but sadly, I felt he was what he (and others) “thought” that would be. There was a certain depth missing in his personality for me, and while the sexual attraction and diversion that Kyra played for him was amusing and actually pretty hot, I didn’t believe in a connection between them, despite Kyra’s protestations. I didn’t particularly find her empathetic, rather than a choice made from knowledge, experience and thought, her character felt much younger and more immature than her rather tender years would indicate. There are lessons here in this story simply because Dimon actually gave readers insight into questions always thought of (if not asked) …. Just what DO they talk about? Answer – not a whole hell of a lot, dialogue and interactions between these two is yawn-inducing and not indicative of a ‘relationship made to be’.
Far more interesting and enjoyable as characters and a couple were Wade and Eli – I far preferred their development and connection, even as I was a bit non-plussed with the rather weak tie-in to the CIA, and Eli’s connection to that agency. Sadly, this all felt a bit like ‘trying to hard’ for me, these two characters are brought together and play well with one another, and the drama that was forced on their situation felt unnatural and hard to believe.
A few other oddly and all too quickly resolved situations were mixed in among the sexy times, and while there was action and angst to ramp up the tension, my overall impression left me feeling rather confused. The CIA threads, since they don’t work (by law) domestically just had me antsy for some sort of international tie in and some real resolution that felt believable and possible between all of the players. I’m still not 100% certain that I disliked this book, but it wasn’t as intriguing or as engaging as I had hoped.
Author: HelenKay Dimon
Series: Holton Woods #2
Published by: Berkley
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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He’s a man who fixes difficult situations. She’s the one thing he can’t handle—and the one thing he can’t resist…
Sebastian Jameson negotiates for high-end clients who need problems taken care of quickly and discreetly. Accustomed to being in control, he’s still reeling from his ex-wife’s decision to write a tell-all about their private life, one that highlighted their bedroom activities. The fallout left Bast’s love life in chaos, making him a magnet for women who thrive on risky fantasies, and a pariah to all others.
Kyra Royer knows all about Bast’s reputation—and is intrigued enough to try to change him into a one-woman guy. But getting him into her bed will be a challenge. He’s known her brother for years, and her brother, with his rough past and sniper abilities, is not a man you cross. Kyra knows Bast thinks she’s off-limits, so she’ll have to get creative to make him hers.
As Kyra turns up the heat, Bast struggles to resist the sexy young woman’s considerable charms. But when Bast’s job turns from tricky to deadly, keeping Kyra nearby might be the only way to keep her alive—even if it means getting closer than he ever intended…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.