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5.0 out of 5 starsGood read. Odd ending
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2019
Really good intrigue novel. The right mix of romance and adventure. Just a quick, odd bit at the end. But definitely a HEA:)
Aaron McBain owns his own security company. What he thought would be a typical security protection job at a corporate Christmas party turned into an all-night adventure when men with guns and bombs enter the picture.
Risa Peters is in the wrong place at the wrong time. She goes to the not-yet-opened facility to check it out for her company's holiday party. Who knew needing to use the restroom would bring her face to face with a man (Aaron) who she went on a couple of dinner dates with. Also finding out Aaron isn't the tax attorney he claimed to be and carried more guns and had more moves than any she'd seen outside the movies also took her by surprise.
Aaron has to put puzzle pieces together as to why these armed men storming the party are trying to kidnap Risa. Risa (in the beginning) wants to know why Aaron never called her after their last date. However, after numerous attempts to kidnap her occur, she puts that question on the back burner and works with Aaron and his assistant Royal on trying to get out alive. Not an easy feat when they encounter danger at every turn.
Unbeknownst to Aaron, the CEO of the company he is protecting has a jealous mistress. A mistress who arranged for her own kidnapping to make her lover jealous. Risa is mistaken for her, though Aaron, Risa and Royal have no idea.
While trying to escape to safety, Risa lets Aaron know she wants to know why he didn't call, and somehow that discussion is tabled. He wants her safe. Royal finds amusement in their bantering.
Things take a turn when the new construction is rocked with an explosion. Aaron has to explain to the police there are a few bodies he's left along the way while getting Risa and Royal, who's badly hurt in the explosion to the hospital.
The CEO wants answers. He knows someone from the inside orchestrated all of this. The explosion leaves him without getting answers.
Once Risa is released from the hospital, Aaron takes her home - his home. He feels the need to keep her close and out of danger. Though they never even kissed at the end of their dinner dates, their attraction brings them together. This happiness is short-lived as now the mistress wants to frame Aaron for all the chaos. Being attacked again doesn't set well with Aaron. He foils those framing plans and soon after, the CEO gets his answers of who is responsible. In addition to his mistress, another trusted employee was involved.
With all the danger now behind them, Risa wants a relationship with Aaron. He's been there, done that and has commitment issues. Risa has discovered through their ordeal she's fallen in love with him but can't wait around for him to get over his rejection of a fiancee a year ago. She says good-bye. Of course, in their last arguement, the "why didn't you call after our date" came up. I loved reading Aaron's thoughts throughout the book as the bantered and then fought.
Royal, now out of the hospital and back on the job, continuously challenges Aaron on Risa and his feelings for her. A few days of this and Aaron finally comes to his senses. Their story is sweet, and like I said, loved hearing his thoughts along the way...comic relief.
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2013
This was an action packed story, with a sweet touch of romance. Risa hit it off with Aarom in a coffee shop. When you first met someone you believe what they say. Risa found out Aaron had a secret life. When she first met him, He left out the part of his life that he worked as security. Risa was visiting a venue so she could book her office Christmas party. It was Aaron that was there to save her when she was almost taking as a hostage. The action does not slow down. Risa was just ended a bad relationship and was ready to move on with her life. Aaron on the other hand had also ended a bad relationship, and had vowed never to get serious again. I loved the way Risa was able to take a stand, fighting for what she wanted. The end was sweet, Aaron finally woke up, and knew he couldn't just let Risa walk away. I really enjoyed this book. I do wish the end of the book had more fireworks, but with it ending the way it did, it gave it the feel that it was more real, more believable.
3.0 out of 5 starsReally wanted to like this, but didn't
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2012
First off, series romance is not usually my thing because I tend to find the shorter lengths work to the detriment of character development, but this one sounded fun and the price was right on my Kindle. Alas, much as I wanted it to work out, the book did not meet my expectations.
The plotting through the first half was fast-paced enough to keep my interest even as sparks failed to fly between the main characters. Unfortunately, at the halfway mark, the action ceased and the bad chemistry between Aaron and Risa was dragged front and center. I didn't feel like they had sex because there was any desire between the two, but rather they're in a book that demands it as part of the structure. Awkward. That said, the book was a quick, pleasant read that doesn't quite live up to its potential.
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2012
"Switched" is the most recent of Helenkay Dimon's books. I always look forward to reading her interesting stories. The book begins with a "routine" bodyguard assignment for Aaron and associates until all kinds of action occurs. This is taking place at a Christmas party. Aaron has to rescue Risa who, has been captured. Inadvertenly she is the wrong hostage. Nobody want to believe her. Turns out Aaron and Risa know each other, but not really. During the action and events, people are being shot and dead bodies are lying around in the building. All kinds of action occuring. You have to read this story. I recommend this book. Looking forward to her next book.
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2012
I did enjoy reading this book but must say that I found the plot somewhat disjointed at times. I feels like there are areas that need to be blended instead of stand out. Overall, I would still recommend the book.