Review: Suspicious Activities by Tyler Anne Snell

suspicious activitiesTitle: Suspicious Activities

Author: Tyler Anne Snell

Mills & Boon imprint: 2016

Year of publication: Intrigue

The heroine: Security firm owner Nikki Waters

The hero: Security expert/bodyguard Jackson Fields

The blurb: As the newest member of Orion Security, Jackson Fields had a lot to prove. But he never expected his first assignment would force him to break every rule in the employee handbook. Nikki Waters has always put her clients’ protection first…until a nightmare from her past resurfaces. Now Jackson must protect his boss to keep her life’s work from crumbling. She’d headhunted Jackson for his raw talent, and is counting on his determination to make sure she lives another day. He has every intention of keeping her safe—especially when his protective detail turns from professional to personal in the blink of an eye.

Standalone or series: The fourth in the Orion Security series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: I enjoyed this book. Of the two Orion Security books I’ve read, I think I liked this one more because I adored Jackson. He was a really interesting character. He’s been shunned by the world at large because his father was a cop killer and very few people are willing to give him a chance. He’s used to being abused by cops over what his father did.

Nikki is willing to give him a chance when Jonathan, one of the three men loyal to Nikki, recommends him for a job at Orion Security. Jackson has to hit the ground running when Nikki’s life is threatened by her former boss, Andrew. Nikki, Oliver Quinn (book one), Mark Tranton (book two) and Jonathan Carmichael (book three) all worked for another security firm that only took on rich clients. One day, a scientist named Morgan Avery came in and begged for a bodyguard because she felt her life was in danger; she had won a prestigious job in London and a lot of other scientists were angry. Nikki, Jonathan, Oliver and Mark all wanted to help (Nikki was Andrew’s secretary) but Andrew refused because Morgan had no money. When Morgan was murdered, Nikki let slip to a reporter what Andrew had said and when it came out in the media, Andrew was fired and his reputation was in tatters. Nikki left the company and decided to form her own security firm, which wouldn’t discriminate against any client because of their financial situation, and Jonathan, Oliver and Mark followed her.

It’s been five years, but Andrew has not forgotten about Nikki and blames her for ‘stealing’ the three security experts from him, as well as the loss of his job and reputation. So he’s going to make her pay with her life. He hires a group of men to murder her, and when everyone realises what is happening Jackson is tasked with protecting Nikki until they can catch Andrew.

What follows is a whirlwind of cat and mouse as Nikki and Jackson do their best to avoid the hitmen and stay alive. They’re attracted to each other, but given they are boss and employee neither of them wants to take it further. When Nikki punches a cop who is abusing Jackson for his father’s actions, he can’t help but kiss her. In between all the craziness, they manage to find time to make out a couple of times, although, like the previous book in the series I read, the hero and heroine do nothing more than kiss. I really loved Jackson; he had a quiet strength to him that was incredibly appealing. Worth a read.

 

 

 

Review: Full Force Fatherhood by Tyler Anne Snell

full force fatherhoodTitle: Full Force Fatherhood

Author: Tyler Anne Snell

Mills & Boon imprint: Intrigue

Year of publication: 2016

The heroine: Kelli Crane

The hero: Bodyguard Mark Tranton

The blurb: Mark Tranton thought his bodyguard career ended the day he watched a client die. Now Kelli Crane—the widow—needs Mark to keep her and her little girl safe. Mark swears he’s not the man for the job, but when the vulnerable beauty is attacked, there’s no way he can deny the woman he failed two years before.

Being around Kelli again stirs something in Mark he could never admit. And spending time with her daughter makes him long to be more than just their personal protectors. But digging into the past riles someone who won’t rest until Kelli pays the ultimate price. Mark refuses to allow that to happen. Even if he has to sacrifice their newly discovered happiness to keep her out of the line of fire.

Standalone or series: Book two of the Orion Security series, but can be read as a standalone.

The review: Mark Tranton is hired as a bodyguard to look after investigative journalist Victor Crane and his wife, Kelli. Victor is about to publish a story highlighting a charity and he’s been getting threats, so he whisks Kelli away and, at her insistence, takes a bodyguard with them. One night, there’s a fire, and Victor becomes trapped in the cabin. Mark insists he can get them both out, but Victor knows he can’t and so he insists Mark takes Kelli because she’s pregnant. Once Mark learns this, he doesn’t argue, getting Kelli to safety. He tries to go back for Victor, but is too late.

Two years later, Mark has quit the security firm because of his guilt over not being able to save Victor. Kelli has a daughter, Grace, and is preparing to move from the house she shared with Victor when she finds a notebook hidden in his study. Upon examining it, she realises that some of the names Victor had listed for the article on the charity do not match those in the published one, and so she goes to the editor that printed the story after Victor’s death, Dennis. He tells her it’s a mistake and to leave it alone, but the more Kelli looks into it the more she starts to think that Victor’s death wasn’t an accident.

She seeks out Mark, whom she hasn’t seen since the night of the fire, and tells him her suspicions. He says at first he can’t help her, but his guilt gets the better of him and so he agrees to help Kelli look into it. The more they examine the evidence, the more it becomes clear that something is not right with the charity.

It turns out that they are right and one of the charity employees has been doing some very shady stuff. Kelli and her best friend are kidnapped, but Mark manages to save them with the help of Dennis, whom Kelli thought was in on the plot (he wasn’t; he was trying to save Kelli and Grace from being hurt).

If you’re reading this for the action, you’ll enjoy it. If you’re reading for the romance, know that it’s incredibly chaste – the hero and heroine exchange nothing more than a few kisses. But if you keep reading the series, you’ll find out a few books later they’re married and expecting a baby. I found the title for this book to be a bit of a misnomer because there wasn’t really a great emphasis on Mark and Grace, and any role he might play in her life. But what I did love was that Victor’s death wasn’t glossed over; at the end, Kelli says goodbye to him in the house before she leaves. She still loves and misses him, but has realised there’s room in her heart to love someone else. I thought this was really nicely done 🙂