Series: The Guardian Angelinos
Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Read copy: eBook
Published: November 1, 2010
The killer she can't escape...
The heartbreak she can't forget...
The one man who can stop them both.
When Samantha Fairchild witnesses a murder in the wine cellar of the restaurant where she works, the Harvard-bound law student becomes the next target of a professional assassin. Desperate for protection the authorities won't provide, Sam seeks help from Vivi Angelino, an investigative reporter who recruits her brother, Zach, to protect Samantha. A Special Forces vet with the scars to prove he's equally fearless and flawed, Zach takes the job, despite the fact that he and Sam once shared a lusty interlude that ended when he left for war and disappeared from her life. Now, as they crack a conspiracy that leads to Boston's darkest corners, Sam and Zach must face their fears, desires, and doubts, before a hired killer gets a second shot...
Three years ago they shared nineteen days of bliss before he returned to war. As goodbye, she told him she loved him. He didn't respond. And he didn't contact her again.
Now, she finds herself in the cross-hairs of a killer and turns to her old friend for help. The sister of the man who broke her heart. Only it's not Vivi Angelino that awaits her on her doorstep, but her brother Zach. Only he's a different man. Scarred, darker, broodier...And the only man who can keep her safe.
Well, well, well. What to say that hasn't already been said in the three years this book is available to its readers. Nothing, I guess, but I'll try.
Equal parts sweet, heartbreaking, romantic, bittersweet, hot and suspenseful with a tortured hero with a heart of gold that doesn't think he deserves to be loved and fearing the emotion because love ends (mommy issues, what can you do), a heroine that just might be his soul mate but is too blind to see the truth when it's right in front of her nose, a plethora of secondary characters (the Angelino-Rossi family) that provides the right amount of levity and makes the reader want to read more about them, a twisty suspense sub-plot with two different parties involved, and a wily killer for hire that you won't see coming.
Characters were nicely fleshed-out, the romance sweet and dramatic (you might want to read Taken to the Edge to get 'the feel' of what happened between the two three years ago), the suspense nicely delivered. Great voice, great narrative flow. Loved it.