Heather Long is one of those authors that I will usually read regardless of premise because her writing has not disappointed me – yet. When I saw the blurb for this one, I had to read it and I’m glad I did. Even though I’ve not read the first couple of stories in the ‘Going Royal’ series, I had no trouble following or understanding the main or supporting characters.
Kate Braddock is a military kid who grew up to be military. She and her three brothers are from a loving family and they’ve suffered as a family. In the second book in the series, which is Anna Novak and Grand Duke Armand Dagmar’s story (which I MUST go back and read) I believe Kate was Anna’s personal protection/bodyguard. In this story, the Grand Duke’s best friend from college, Richard Prentiss needs protection from an unknown enemy and Armand, in his desire to protect those he loves, hires Kate to do so.
I enjoy Long’s military heroines, I like the heroes too, but I’m a chick and I like to see myself in the character’s place. They’re usually not soft (physically or mentally) and they never ever whimper, not even when the bullets hit. Kate is no different. She enjoys serving. She enjoys the business of making people safe. She enjoys being in control of not only herself but her surroundings. She enjoys the family she built while in the military. She enjoys what she does for a living. What Kate doesn’t enjoy are the emotions that surface when she’s in the presence of Richard.
I liked Kate. I liked the way her mind worked. I liked that she didn’t change her mind at the drop of a hat. You know what I mean there… when the heroine can’t help herself when the hero takes his shirt off, or gives her the eye (not the stink eye but the I wonder what you look like naked eye). I liked that she knew how to keep a secret. Like I said, I liked a lot of things about her. What I didn’t like was that she didn’t seem to have any friends, nor was there prolonged interaction between her and any anyone but Richard and her boss Peterson. A scene that I desperately wanted to last longer was between Kate and her mother.
Further, I was surprised about how much I liked Richard. He’s an attorney by trade who does a lot of work for the rich and famous (and not so famous). To assuage his guilt over some incidents that happened in his childhood, Richard also takes on a tremendous amount of pro-bono work for the poor and downtrodden. I guess everyone has their reason for wanting to help, even if it’s from a place of guilt. It worked for me and gave some depth to his otherwise stringent lifestyle. Richard is a nice guy whose best friend has control issues, but when you’ve been friends for as long as these two have been, you kind of just roll with the punches and pick your battles. I really wanted to know the ages of these characters, but I didn’t get a real reference to anyone’s ages or time frames. (Based on the context, I inferred that these characters are in their mid-30s to early 40s.) His past was a bit stereotypical in that he had daddy issues – the ‘daddy didn’t love me’ kind, and that gave me pause because I expected better.
The chemistry between Kate and Richard worked well for me. It was a quick read with good pacing and great dialogue. There was an actual story and a build up to their eventual romance. Thanks for not skimping on that and just jumping into the sex part! I also liked that there wasn’t an easy solve to Richard’s stalker and I especially enjoyed Kate’s commitment to her role in Richard’s life.
Armand, Anne, Alyx and Daniel appearances made the story that much better. I always enjoy when the H/h characters have relationships, friends, family, etc outside of their storyline. Armand has such a presence in this story that I’m quite intrigued about how his story with Anne developed. I even liked what I found out about Alyx and Daniel.
I’m not enthusiastic about the way Kate eventually forgave Richard for leaving her when she needed him. That was way too easy, but I guess in order to progress the story line within a certain amount of pages it was necessary. I think that could have been so much better. It left me feeling unfulfilled, but even with that, I still enjoyed the story and would recommend.
Happy Reading folks!
*Book provided by Carina Press via NetGalley for review
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Some Like It Deadly
by Heather Long
Release Date: August 25, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press