A unique futuristic read. I love the aspect of a strong female soldier as a body guard. Nina is strong and sassy. Even with her enhanced abilities she still is completely human. Ewan grows on you as a character though out the book. I wasn't sure i was going to like him as much as a did. You feel the attraction between the two from the start but is a slow burn romance. And that slow burn will ignite the sheets. I love the action and somewhat of a mystery behind Dangerous Promise. Even with the cliffhanger I'm loving Nina and Ewan more. I can't wait to read the next book in the series to see how everything plays out. Dangerous Promise is packed full of everything you would love in an story and will not disappoint.
The premise drew me to this book. I love futuristic novels. Sadly the prose was incredibly disappointing. (I won't bother talking about the editing errors.) Instead of showing us the world of tomorrow, this new world is just described in exposition. For instance, the romantic characters exchange their life story even after Nina the bodyguard says this intimacy is unimportant. Instead of experiencing a flashback of the war or surgery, Nina just tells us about it. Why not have the characters actually navigate the city? What amazing things can we expect in the future? Improved kitchen appliances. Exciting. There was not enough action or world building. It's a shame. It could have been so much more.
The romance is a slow burn. Not as much action as I expected, and I believe that is on purpose. This seems to be a "getting to know them book" that promises thrills later. The author does weave an incredible world. I found myself amazed at the plausibility of these things happening in the future, and it's actually quite scary.
Nina Bronson signed on to serve her country as a soldier but after she died she ended up as so much more.
‘I didn’t have a choice about the tech, you know. I’d signed that agreement when I went into the service, giving them the right to use my body as they saw fit in the service to my country. I thought that meant donating my organs, something like that. I had no idea it meant they could keep my corpse alive long enough to experiment on it. I didn’t know they were going to outfit me with a bunch of hardware and software that would end up killing me slowly.’
Nina is now enhanced and working in private security, she’s the best you can get and because of the price tag that comes along with her very few can actually afford her services. She surprisingly finds herself working for Ewan Donahue, I say surprisingly because he’s an incredibly rich and powerful man that’s lobbied against enhancements and adjustments and he’s managed to put a stop to them with the Enhancement Repeal Act.
There’s a lot here that makes this an interesting read. Nina is a woman totally confident in herself and her abilities and while she finds herself attracted to Ewan she’s no intention of ever taking it further. Ewan carries a lot of regrets over his part in the enhancement programme and he fully understands the irony of him hiring Nina. He also finds himself very attracted to Nina, it helps that’s she’s totally unlike any other woman he’s known.
The more time these two spend together the more they get to know the real person underneath the public front. They draw closer but still there’s a huge gap between them. Part of which is that Nina is deteriorating, she desperately needs an upgrade that Ewan has stopped.
Like I said there’s a lot here, often it’s a case of two steps forward, one step back or in some cases one step forward, two steps back. The sexual tension grows the more time they spend together and it’s only a matter of time before something gives.
So why only 3.5*?
It felt over long and the push/pull got to the point it was driving me crazy. I’m not known for my patience so this might not be as bad for you.
The plot appeared to have a huge hole in it which annoyed me but not enough to stop me moving onto the next one.
All section I copied came from the advanced reader copy I received and may change in the final version.
I voluntarily read a review copy kindly provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press.