Series: U.S. Marshals #1
Published by Kensington Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Humorous, Law Enforcement, Romance
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Savvy, hard-riding, rule-breaking—they’ll go anywhere and do anything it takes to protect and serve. But this U. S. Marshal has just met his match—and playing for keeps is one sizzling game…
Getting saved from disaster by a handsome stranger—Harper Allen has no problem with that. But when he leaves without a word or a clue to his real identity, the newbie reporter writes it off as the best one-night-stand she’ll never have again. Until a year later, when Harper comes face to face with the man assigned to hide her from a senator’s killer…
Galen Kelly hasn’t forgotten a single sensual minute of his night with Harper... or that she betrayed him. But with the FBI also on their trail, he’s got to pretend he’s never met her or risk both their lives. But as danger closes in, Galen may not be able to protect himself from taking the biggest risk of all…
As I’m sure a lot of you are aware, Mandy Baxter is also Amanda Bonilla, who I absolutely adore and completely love her urban fantasy books, so I was super excited when I found out that she was writing romance books too, especially since I read a whole lot more romance then I do urban fantasy these days. Plus I always love a man in uniform, and this book promised me a hot U.S. Marshal so it was a pretty easy sell for me to try out this book.
I went back and forth on my feelings for Harper. I loved that she was smart and that she was ambitious. I loved that her job was such an important part of the story, being a political reporter always makes me think about House of Cards, which I love. I think it’s ingrained into reporters that they should push limits to get the story, so it totally made sense to me that Harper was always pushing back against the rules in order to find out the truth. But on the same hand, I sometimes really wanted to shake her. Harper ends up in protective custody after a witnessing a murder of a member of congress, and it’s pretty clear that someone is out to silence her as well. At first I found her antics to be enjoyable, but there were a couple of instances later on in the book where I started to get annoyed with her, like did she have a death wish or something, but like I said before, I understood where she was coming from so it worked.
Galen as the lead was awesome. There is this huge misunderstanding from the beginning of the book that makes things really interesting when it come to Harper and Galen’s dynamics. Galen really shouldn’t even be on the protection detail given his prior relationship with Harper, but he decided to hide that from everyone and sticks it out anyways. It’s really fun watching the two of them kind of get to know each other all while being kind of insecure about what the other person is thinking. I did think that Galen lets his relationship with Harper cloud his judgement at times, which was beyond not cool, but he was also the first person to stand up for her when she gets into some trouble, so for that I give him a lot of credit.
Overall I loved this book. It was a fun read, it kind of felt a bit like a roller coaster ride. There was that whole suspenseful element of what is going to happen next and will Harper make it out of this book alive, then add in the hot and steamy scenes and I was hands down sold on this book. You should totally check out this book, I was really happy to find I love this writer in both genres.