I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hidden Impact by Piper J. Drake
Series: Safeguard #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
He's not the hero she's looking for...
As part of the elite Centurion Corporation team, military-veteran-turned-mercenary Gabriel Diaz is a natural defender. He'll do anything to ensure a mission is successful. Anything but get emotionally invested—he learned the hard way that can be deadly. Easy bodyguard jobs in between the more challenging missions are all he's interested in now.
Maylin Cheng is desperate and running out of time. Her younger sister has gone missing but no one seems to take her concern seriously. Her last hope lies in asking an aloof bodyguard for help. He dismisses her outright, but all that changes when she is almost killed in a not-so-accidental hit-and-run right before his eyes.
As Maylin leans on Gabriel, she begins to rely on him for more than just her safety. But as their attraction grows, so does the danger surrounding them. When the elaborate web they're trapped in unravels, Gabriel will do anything to protect them. Even if that means putting his heart in the crosshairs.
Danger, romance, more danger! Oh, yeah!
Thoughts on Hidden Impact
I was very much in the mood for some danger and romance when I picked up this book. To say I’m pleased by what I found would be an understatement. There was danger. There was romance. There was more danger! It hit the spot, man. It hit the spot.
Things that worked for me: Maylin and Gabe. She’s determined to find some way to help her sister. He’s determined to not let her under his skin. In Gabe’s case, it’s a lost cause. Because Maylin does get under his skin. In a big way. From the first time she approaches him right through the big hoopla they find themselves in the middle of.
(And who doesn’t love a little adrenaline sexin’? Get some bad guys after you, escape, and burn off that excess energy. WHO’S WITH ME?!?! Yeah. You’re right. I probably wouldn’t survive the part where the bad guys are after me. Darn it.)
I kinda loved Gabe’s cohorts, btw. Background characters are so fun to dissect. Who’s who and how will they fit into future books? ONLY TIME WILL TELL! There’s also the added bonus of a sinister rival agency with a decided lack of morals in their agents. At least that’s the way it looks right now. Then again, maybe everything isn’t as it seems.
Bottom line: Solid suspense line with intriguing hints about future entanglements. Okay, it’s possible I’m reading too much into some of the interactions here, but I don’t think so. The setup worked for me and I’m looking forward to future installments.