FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.
For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team.
In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work as a team–a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic, beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated.
I had a difficult time deciding between three and four stars for this one.
It was good, not great but not bad either however it could have used less time sort of dragging out the sit downs and socialization and really focused on the h/h who I completely adored but expected more out of after all the focus being drawn on a certain attribute or trait but then never getting to see it. I didn't really get why it was made such a big deal out of why John was this or that when he just comes off as a regular joe without anything to establish the whole he's a 'this that or other' ditto that for Jess.
I didn't particularly get why they were a love match either since there wasn't a whole lot of love to be found or explored between them since their relationship is more or less a focus on their professional bond that made them feel more like friends than lovers than any passion or emotional bond that should have been established.
Yet there is a lot of world building, there is a lot in plot, a lot in the case being worked, there is a lot involved in Julie's author voice her writing is fantastic, I just wanted more out of our h/h and a reason to cheer for their love life involvement. Still, it was a great read and I enjoyed it so in the end I went with four stars.
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