Late last night, I got the text letting me know work would be closed due to inclement weather. Not completely a surprise, as there was already a thick layer of sleet on the ground. For a brief moment this morning, I considered using the unexpected day off to clean house, so I wouldn't have to spend so much time doing that during spring break next week. But all the World Book Posts I was seeing on social media convinced me reading a book was a better idea. (Not that I needed a lot of convincing.)
I wanted a book I could finish during the day. Something quick and fun, something with plenty of danger and romance. I wanted what I consider to be mind candy. Having read and loved Cynthia Eden's Mine series, I figured Watch Me, the first of her new romantic suspense series, Dark Obsession, would be a safe choice. Every once in a while, I do make good decisions, and this was one of them.
Fast-paced, plenty of action, suspense and a very steamy romance. Your typical "boy gets hired by girl's dad to protect her from stalker, and girl and boy end up falling in love as he's protecting her from crazed stalker." No, actually, there's a bit more to it than that. Like the body guard had worked for the dad years before, when dad was a big shot government official, and that's when he fell in love with the daughter, but he was too professional to act on those feelings. The woman he loved took this as a rejection and was very hurt. Now he's not working for her dad, or at least she doesn't think he's working for her dad. That gets a little complicated.
One of the things I very much enjoy about this book is that the women - even though they have men who want to save them and take care of them - are perfectly capable and willing to take care of themselves. From the daughter who doesn't want to be controlled and is willing to fight to save herself and the people she loves to the police officer who makes clear she can get a promotion without having her boyfriend call in any favors - these women are great. I can never get enough of this in books and I will always return to authors who feature women like this in their stories and recommend their work to others.
This book reminded me quite a bit of the books in the Mine series - the guys have the same type of job and similar backgrounds and the romance has that same type of intensity. But I loved the Mine series, so I am perfectly okay with the similarities. I have every intention of continuing to read as many of these books as are released because I enjoy them quite a bit. As I was reading this I was thinking of how the love story almost has a Heathcliff and Cathy-like quality in that the love borders on unhealthy obsession. But the characters are willing to acknowledge that they may not exactly in a healthy state of mind, (the series is called Dark Obsession) and while in reality that might be a little distressing, in a book, it makes for a very enjoyable read. (And to be clear, in case it wasn't apparent, Wuthering Heights is my all time favorite book.)
Glad I read this, made for some delicious mind candy. I've already started reading the second book in this series, Want Me. Would recommend this to anyone who wants to read a fun, sexy romantic suspense novel.
I received a review copy via NetGalley.