Series: Kerr Chronicles #3
Author: Jen Frederick
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 274
Published: Montlake Romance, November 3, 2015
Handsome and tough Jake Tanner, a veteran and the owner of a successful security firm, never lets his past hold him back. Despite his prosthetic hand and foot, women swoon over him—and with him between the sheets. Yet Jake feels bored and restless…until he’s hired to protect a beautiful writer whose life is in terrible danger.
Self-imprisoned by the fear of the anonymous stalkers who threaten her life, video-game writer Natalie Beck now only dreams of the world outside her pink-bedecked apartment. Trusting people again is off-limits. But the more time Jake spends with her, the more his professional commitment evolves from simple duty to scorching desire. While deeply sensual sparks ignite between the two, the danger outside circles closer. Will Jake’s intense devotion be enough to save Natalie? Or will she turn away from the one man willing to do anything to save her?
I have to be honest, I’ve been sitting on writing a review for this one. I liked the book, the story was solid, characters were very likable, very real. Romance, however, took a backseat to all this. Did I like it? Yes, definitely. It worked well for this story. I didn’t get the level of romance I expected before I started reading this, but while reading it I thought that was okay, and that it was just the right balance of everything.
Jake is an ex soldier. He’s powerful, he’s been through a lot in his lifetime and gotten over them and built a good business for himself. Life is routine but good. We already met him in Tiny and Ian’s books, and I remember looking forward to his story, glad that he was going to have one. Natalie, on the other hand, has also been through some hard times but in her case she couldn’t exactly get over them and move on with her life.
She’s agoraphobic after an attempt on her life is made, she has extreme trust issues. I have to say, her life was not easy. I can’t imagine living life her way, not being able to leave my house and get to know new people and trust them. Her struggle through everything in the book was a challenge I enjoyed reading about. And this is what I’m talking about. There was so much going on personally with these characters that romance didn’t have a chance but to take a backseat and leave the stage to growth. I was fascinated with both Jake and Natalie’s own problems and struggles, and while their text messaging was so sweet that I wished continued for much longer, I found that I looked forward more to how they were going to cope with obstacles and put somewhat of an end to them.
As a side story, the mystery of Natalie’s attack-the reason she and Jake come together in the first place- was fun to read. I liked getting the clues and thinking up possibilities for who and what.
A story of two people who are fighters in their own ways, I liked this book. The strength of it was in the challenges and different lifestyles of the characters, and it was nice to read.
I’m adding three spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge, and wish Natalie and Jake the best. Honestly. I think they deserved it.
Kerr Chronicles series by Jen Frederick: