Saturday, February 11, 2017

ARC Review: Guarding Mr. Fine (Tough Love, #3) by HelenKay Dimon

In this steamy novel of seduction and international intrigue, two brave men are stripped of their defenses—and exposed to dangers and desires that simmer below the surface.

As an agent with the CIA’s special activities division, Seth Lang lives for risk—and yet he’s stuck playing bodyguard to the U.S. consul general in Munich. Although Seth’s last assignment nearly killed him, babysitting some desk jockey in a suit sounds way too easy. But when he lays eyes on the new top man, tactical expert Rick Fine, Seth’s thrilled to see just how hard this job is going to get. Mr. Tall, Dark, and Quiet has a body worth guarding—and he requires hands-on attention day and night.

Dispatched to a German consulate to expose the murder of his predecessor, Rick finds himself in an extremely vulnerable position. He needs a man like Seth—in so many ways. This mission will inevitably plunge them both into jeopardy, but each new threat only brings them closer. Rick just hopes that he can keep his deepest, darkest secret hidden—or else risk imperiling a relationship they’re both fighting for their lives to protect.

Jewel's rating:

Like the first two books in HelenKay Dimon's Tough Love series, Guarding Mr. Fine is a sexy, sexy read. Seth was a favorite character of mine in the first two books, so I was looking forward to his story.

Seth is all gruff and snark, but that's mostly just to keep people from getting too close. You know the type -- the lone wolf alpha male, the person that just can never see themselves falling in love. All the while, secretly hoping they find their other half. Yeah, that type.

Rick is more 'go with the flow' than Seth is and is also sees no problem with them mixing business and (much, much) pleasure. For him, it's a win-win. Rick is in Munich to investigate the death of his predecessor, and he's purposefully playing up inexperience in hopes that people will let down their guard.

Seth and Rick first meet in a club in Berlin, where they have a very hot and anonymous encounter. What are the odds that they would be working together in Munich just a couple days later? Well, that one bit of hotness can't be contained to that club encounter and soon, Seth and Rick are heating up the sheets, and each other, again.

Guarding Mr. Fine is my favorite of the three books. I just love Seth. Smart, sexy, and as much as it chagrins him, hopeless against one geeky Rick Fine.

I found I liked the suspense story-line more than I did in the previous two books. It was a little less over the top (not a lot, but I still liked it more). We're dealing with arms dealers this time, rather than human trafficking and it kept me guessing a little bit. Also, both Seth and Rick are damaged by their work and events growing up. They carry scars inside and out, but still they go on and do what needs to be done and pretend they can do so without those pesky emotions getting in the way (silly boys).

So, if you are in the mood for a fast-paced, super-sexy, romantic suspense story, look no further than Guarding Mr. Fine!


ARC of Guarding Mr. Fine was generously provided by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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