Title: Contracted Defense
Author: Piper J. Drake
Series: A Safeguard Novel
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: 70,000 Words
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Time is running out and the enemy is at the gate.
Adam Hicks may be the rookie at Safeguard, but he’s no novice in the field. Retired from active duty after multiple tours and back fresh from a brief rest in New Zealand, he’s itching to return to action. But the challenge he hoped for arrives in an unexpected form: his sexy yet stern new partner.
The last thing Victoria Ash wants is to work with the new guy—especially one as gorgeous as Adam. His relaxed attitude about their first “easy” assignment together—setting up a private home defense network for a reclusive client—doesn’t impress her. Easy usually means trouble. She’s proved right when Adam discovers that the multiple incursions on the physical and cyber security systems aren’t just glitches. They’re under attack…and there’s a traitor in their midst.
As tension mounts, so does the attraction between Victoria and Adam. They must protect their client and the research he’s desperately trying to keep secret. Working together, they have to find the mole before their defense measures, in the fortress and online, are compromised and the deadly secrets they’ve sworn to protect are revealed.
This is the third book in Safeguard series by Piper Drake, but the first one I’ve read. I was intrigued when I read the synopsis and knew I wanted to read it.
Victoria Ash is an agent with Safeguard, but is a little less self-assured than you would think someone in her position would be. She is going through a long and drawn out divorce and is not really looking for anything new, including a new partner. She’s very meticulous and focuses on work.
Adam Hick is the rookie, the new agent with Safeguard and the one night stand that Victoria never thought she’d see again. Adam is very recently out of the military and lets what happened to him while enlisted affect him, but we only find out bits and pieces of what happened throughout the story.
After hooking up at a party, Adam and Victoria become partners the next day. Adam wants to continue their “affair” but Victoria is all business and wants to just do the job they were assigned. You can see the attraction between the two and how much Adam wants more with Victoria, who just wants to focus on the job and figuring out who is coming after their client. As the story progresses you see Victoria give in more to her feelings and after the action of the story, and Adams willingness to risk his life for her’s you start to see Victoria’s attitude change.
I think at some points the plot of the story, a romantic suspense, gets overshadowed by the romance part, and the main action did not take place till the end. Otherwise this was a good story.
Piper J. Drake is a bestselling author of romantic suspense and edgy contemporary romance, a frequent flyer, and day job road warrior. She is often distracted by dogs, cupcakes, and random shenanigans.Connect with Piper at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google + | GoodReads| Youtube
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