“Forged in Desire” by Brenda Jackson provides a frightening look at the possible cost for doing one’s civic duty even as it follows a delicious romance that evolves in the face of danger. The slow buildup of a relationship that is formed when two people are forced into each other’s company and the ever-increasing heat that sparks between them is balanced against the chilling and suspenseful backdrop of a serial killer. I enjoyed the introduction to this unique security agency and look forward to getting to know the other alpha males who comprise the company. Those who are concerned with such things should be aware that there are sections where the points of view shift frequently, and there is violence off-scene in multiple places. I love confident capable heroines and this one is a nice blend of confident businesswoman and compassionate friend. There are some nice twists and poignant history that defined the two main characters (as well as some of the secondary ones) and makes them sympathetic and admirable. Some of the elements are a bit far-fetched, but enhance the story nevertheless, and give the tale a different dimension. This is an enjoyable introduction to a new series that blends suspense and romance and I look forward to reading additional stories by this author.
This romantic suspense novel with a touch of the paranormal is the first book in ‘The Protectors’ series and centers on wedding dress designer Margo Connelly’s adventures after serving on a jury that has received death threats from the person convicted. Lamar “Striker” Jennings’ assignment to protect the feisty woman is complicated by his reluctant attraction to her and his checkered past. Their passion for each other escalates, but so does the danger, and they may not have enough time to explore a future together.
Strong enough to protect her. Bold enough to love her.
When good girl Margo Connelly becomes Lamar "Striker" Jennings's latest assignment, she knows she's in trouble. And not just because he's been hired to protect her from an underworld criminal. The reformed bad boy's appeal is breaching all her defenses, and as the threats against her increase, Margo isn't sure which is more dangerous: the gangster targeting her, or the far too alluring protector tempting her to let loose.
Though Striker's now living on the right side of the law, he's convinced his troubled past keeps Margo out of his league. But physical chemistry explodes into full-blown passion when they go on the run together. Surrendering to desire could be a deadly distraction—or finally prove that he's the only man qualified to keep her safe, and win her love.