Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: Extreme Honor, Ultimate Courage, Absolute Trust
Time is running out and the enemy is at the gate.
Adam Hicks may be the rookie at Safeguard, but he’s no novice in the field. Retired from active duty after multiple tours and back fresh from a brief rest in New Zealand, he’s itching to return to action. But the challenge he hoped for arrives in an unexpected form: his sexy yet stern new partner.
The last thing Victoria Ash wants is to work with the new guy—especially one as gorgeous as Adam. His relaxed attitude about their first “easy” assignment together—setting up a private home defense network for a reclusive client—doesn’t impress her. Easy usually means trouble. She’s proved right when Adam discovers that the multiple incursions on the physical and cyber security systems aren’t just glitches. They’re under attack…and there’s a traitor in their midst.
As tension mounts, so does the attraction between Victoria and Adam. They must protect their client and the research he’s desperately trying to keep secret. Working together, they have to find the mole before their defense measures, in the fortress and online, are compromised and the deadly secrets they’ve sworn to protect are revealed.
Contracted Defense starts with a bang (literally!) when Victoria and Adam meet and decide to have a one night stand. Little do they know they will be seeing a lot more of each other soon.
Victoria is going through a nasty divorce that has drug on for many years. Adam has left the military and is settling into civilian life. He accepts a job at Safeguard, the company where Victoria works.
So, I was lost. Something apparently happened to make Safeguard’s reputation less than stellar. It must have happened in a previous book. Then there was talk about a trial and protecting a witness and I was just confused. I tried to power through, hoping that maybe it wouldn’t be that important in the long run, but by 20% even this new client is bringing up the questions of Safeguards integrity. I decided this one was better left as a DNF until I read the previous ones.
Will I read the previous ones? I’m not sure. The firs 20% of this book (aside from my confusion) was okay but not really exciting. I don’t know that I really felt compelled to keep reading. Who knows? Maybe I will change my mind later!