Title: Contracted Defense (Safe Guard #3)
Author: Piper J. Drake
Stars: 4 out of 5
With most Romantic Suspense series there is a fine line authors have to walk on. One chapter can turn the book into a romance turning some readers off. On the flip side it can turn into more action and suspense leaving the romance readers turned off. Piper Drake tries hard to give the best of both worlds.
Contracted Defense can be considered a stand alone novel but readers will enjoy the story as well as characters more if they reader the first two books in the Safe Guard series.
The story revolves around Adam Hicks Newbie to Safe Guard and Victoria Ash. The romance dominates this story and some readers might find themselves skipping the romance for more of the action.
Piper does a wonderful job of trying to balance the two stories but this one falls into the romance with a few twist and turns that will keep suspense readers reading.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Carina Press for the advance copy
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.
Expected publication: September 15th 2017 by Carina Press
Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award.
Now, Piper writes romantic suspense, incorporating her interests in mixed martial arts and the military into her writing. The bestselling True Heroes series features hot military men, the women they love, and the dogs who have their backs. The Safeguard series introduces the men and women of Safeguard—an elite group of mercenaries who will go to any extreme to complete a mission…even risk their hearts.