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.
A good read!