In this origin story, Liam ‘Lee’ Nightingale leads a stable of testosterone in their workaday security and investigative duties until India (Indy) Savage, so far unspoken love of his life and best friend of his only sister gets involved in a stolen diamond caper. Lee’s taking on all comers as he unravels the complicated diamond case, keeps Indy safe and ensures they end up a lasting couple.
I never particularly liked the name Liam much until it was personified by the smoldering hunk of masculinity that heads Nightingale Investigations. Indy’s antics re-introduces classic screwball comedies of days gone by when she innocently tries to help a friend and finds herself the center of more than one attraction and not holding the answers she needs, though she was too much at times.
The secondary characters proved they’re (future) lead characters in their own right as they earned their journeyman wages by adding to and moving the plot along when the spotlight accidentally caught them. This very full and engaging ride wonderfully wove stolen merchandise, a drag review, unrequited love and multiple showdown action pieces around a core of second chance love.
Practically everything worked for this readers taste, laugh out loud funny moments, suspense/tension, smooth plotting and wonderful characters. I wasn’t so much a fan of the “fade to black” moments between Lee and Indy, but when they happened, they were definitely the right move for the story, but did nothing to quench my desire for all things Liam.
Fans of contemporary romance with monosyllabic neanderthal alpha males that a reader wants to simultaneously kiss and kill as they move in and out of their element with complementary females could do worse than spending time in Ashley’s Denver. This reader can’t do either enough! No wonder the Kristen Ashley altar is so crowded!
Re-Read November 2016 & August 2013 – Original Read: October 2012
Original Rating: 4.75 Stars