Publication Date: June 16, 2014
My life was just like any other girl’s until the Maxwell corporate empire ruined my family and stole my future. I’d given up hoping to see justice done, but then the way to right this wrong was dropped in my lap. My job with an event planner can get me into the home of one of Maxwell’s business partners. I can find evidence of what they did to my father. I can make sure they pay. I wasn’t expecting Sebastian. Sebastian has been hired for security, but he is also the son of the man I despise. I should hate Sebastian purely on principle. I shouldn’t care that he’s sweet and funny and sexy as hell. He’ll always be a Maxwell, and that means he’s my enemy.
I can’t help but want him anyway. He seems to want me too, but only for a good time. He’s the son of privilege, and he’ll never be serious about me. He’ll also never betray his family. If he finds out what I’m really doing here, he’ll turn on me in an instant. He’ll keep me from finding justice. It’s just that I keep finding him instead.
The books in this series are quick, short reads. We were introduced to four Marine's: Levi, Declan, Sebastian and Cole in Duty Bound. This book is Sebastian's story.
Sebastian has always felt like an outsider when it comes to his family. He's an only child and has no interest in wearing a suit or taking over the family business, which disappoints his father. When he returns from duty, he opens a security/investigation firm with the rest of the guys. He's hired by one of his father's friends to provide security for an upcoming gala. It's during the weeks of preparation that he meets Ali.
Ali works for an event planner and is tasked with putting together the gala. Turns out the man hosting the gala, along with Sebastian's father, runs the company that screwed her father out of a job and his pension. Ali takes it upon herself to try and find evidence that proves her father was wronged, but Sebastian keeps busting her snooping. Ali falls for him, until she finds out who is family is.
I think the story would have been better if the authors had taken the time to develop the story a little bit more. There was no depth or emotion, it felt entirely surface and predictable. I loved Sebastian, but the relationship between him and Ali felt like insta-love. She goes from hating him, to throwing herself at him, to professing her love. I also don't understand why the authors keeping alluding that there is more to Gavin's death but don't give us any answers.
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Meet The Authors:
About Noelle Adams: Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.
She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.
Her second book, a holiday novella titled "The Christmas Cottage" hit #10 on Amazon's Best Seller List on Christmas Eve. It was a great Christmas gift! Watching the numbers rise and fall is a daily roller coaster ride but definitely an exciting one! And on February 25th, she released the follow up novella - "Ever After" - available exclusively on Amazon. When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, blogging, playing way too many games of Scrabble on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 23 years and their two sons in North Carolina.