This is the first book in the K19 Security Systems series, a spin off from the Butler Ranch series, so if you were going through withdrawals and missing the characters you’ve come to know and love, have no fear. Several make an appearance in Razor's and Ava's story. The book begins at Mercer's and Quinn's wedding, with Tabor “Razor” Sharp and Avarie “Ava” McNamara both part of the bridal party. At first glance, it appears to be an ideal opportunity for Razor and Ava to get reacquainted and perhaps a bit more, but it quickly turns into a threat against Ava’s life. Although it breaks all the rules for an operative to have a personal relationship with his charge, Razor refuses to leave Ava's side.
Slade is an author I’ve come to rely on for heartfelt romance and adrenaline-filled action and suspense, and she did not disappoint with this one! The exciting storyline and steamy, emotional romance paired with the superior quality and Slade's gift for writing make her work a joy and delight to experience. I’m always curious to watch a heroine in her twenties develop, and I must confess, I loved Ava. Yes, she went through a wide array of emotions, as anyone in her situation would, and it tickled me that she called Razor by his given name, Tabor, unless she was mad at him – then he was Razor. One of the things I loved most was how she portrayed herself as confident and independent but Razor saw through that to the real Ava.
Razor is a terrific hero, a whole lot alpha, but prone to the occasional misstep when it comes to relationships, and he and Ava were perfect together. My only negative is that I hated to see this book end. I didn’t have nearly enough of these characters and I want more. Their story is thrilling and exciting, sweet and steamy, and emotional and heartwarming, which all adds up to a phenomenally satisfying read. As with the Butler Ranch series, there’s a piece of the storyline that continues beyond this book, and I can’t wait to return to this fantastic book world and these amazing characters in the next book in this series!
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