Series: Out of #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Foster Kavanaugh, former Navy SEAL, knows what it’s like to be the top dog, the man in charge, the one calling the shots. Now that he’s running his own security consulting firm, not much has changed.
Except the curvy blonde he hired as his office manager.
Noelle Davis has been through the damn ringer. Swearing off men after escaping a toxic relationship, she’s grateful for a fresh start—new job included. Except her job isn’t tranquil and calm. In fact, it’s quite the opposite because her boss is the most infuriating man on the planet.
And, not to mention, sexy as hell.
Foster has limits. Rules. No attachments allowed because he doesn’t do love—and Noelle Davis foiled that plan and took a red pen to his list of rules. With her smart mouth and quick witted banter, he found the woman beginning to creep past his defenses.
When circumstances put Noelle in a perilous position, the first person to come to her rescue is none other than Foster Kavanaugh. She gets to see the man in action—not as her aggravating boss, but the man who will stop at nothing to keep her safe.
The same man who makes her want to reconsider her self-imposed embargo of men.
The man she wants to get to know now that she’s seen another side of him.
The man who makes her want…more.
But is more possible when you're OUT OF LOVE?
**Out of Love is a full-length, standalone novel that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book. **
Out of Love was appealing to me for a couple of reasons. First, the hero is a veteran who started his own security company. I love veterans as the hero. Second, you have the girl on the run/damsel in distress trope. The heroine left an abusive relationship, but her ex has now found her and she needs our hero. Third, there is a dog. Y’all, I love books with dogs!
Foster, the hero, is a vet who is dealing with some PTSD and has his dog Harley to help him. Compared to lots of vets, Foster is handling his PTSD very well. He doesn’t have the flashbacks and such, but you really see the subconscious ways it affects his life. Then, he sees a news report that a friend of his died in combat. This news hits him hard. He gets distracted however when Noelle, his office manager, has an emergency. Foster has always had a thing for Noelle, but his rule is ‘don’t shit where you eat’. Also, he is a commitophob and self proclaimed man whore. He doesn’t feel he has anything to offer Noelle. Noelle thinks Foster is great, but since she seems to have terrible taste in men, she is ‘off men’.
The plot of Out of Love has layers. You have the sexual tension between Foster and Noelle. You have the PTSD and mysterious ‘death’ of Foster’s friend, and you have the dangerous ex stalking Noelle. All these plot lines combine to make a very engaging story that will really draw you in. While I felt the storyline of the ex was somewhat anticlimactic, and the mysterious death plot is left somewhat open. Foster and Noelle are dynamic characters for sure. Boldt did a wonderful job bringing them to life and giving them a believability that is sometimes missing in other romance novels.
- POV: dual 1st
- Trope: damsel in distress
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Noelle’s abuse is mentioned but not graphically described « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes with epilogue « Hide Spoiler
Protecting Jessyka by Susan Stoker, Sworn to Protect by Katie Reus, Tempted by a Touch by Kris Rafferty…then you will probably like Out of Love!