Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Book Review: "Fighting for Keeps" (Seleste deLaney)

When you've been burned before, it takes a miracle or just shy of it to give you the courage to try again ... 

Jodi Israel is an agent with TRAIT, where she has worked in mechanics and electronics, particularly since the death of her partner. When she gets stuck paired with a reluctant new recruit (who happens to be steamy hot and attractive) and an unexpectedly complicated case protecting the daughter of a high-profile politician, things go from crazy to chaos overnight.

Former police officer Finn Danby plays things his own way, which means "instinct" and "spontaneity" are his favorite words. "Following orders" ... not so much. When he's recruited by TRAIT and paired with a woman he can't stand to act as bodyguards, he chafes against the structure and standards expected of him. Still, his new partner is stunning, so the whole thing might not be a total loss.

Entangled Publishing presents Fighting for Keeps by Seleste deLaney, newly released this month by its Ignite imprint (romantic suspense).

A lot of romantic suspense has difficulty towing the fine line between the two genres, which is understandable given that the reader expectations for each are about as opposite one another as standards for the horror and romance genres would be.

This book, though, manages to combine elements of each genre such that the result truly is exactly what is marketed: an unlikely romance between two opposite-ends-of-the-earth characters who are caught in the chaos of a wild case.

And that case turns out to be even wilder than at first glance; prepare for a positively otherworldly element of paranormal surprise.

The story features some of the most entertaining dialogue I've read in a long time, including comebacks and one-liners packed with snark and attitude, which makes for quick reading. Also increasing the pace (in keeping with the suspense genre) are the escalating stakes and conflicts the characters keep facing.

At center-stage in those conflicts is the dichotomy between Jodi, an experienced but slightly gun-shy agent who prefers working with predictable machinery to dealing with people, and Finn, her offbeat, unpredictable, rebellious counterpart, who refuses to be quantified or tied into his prescribed role. The tension between their respective personalities is unbelievably well drawn.

Open this work, and expect the unexpected from the very beginning.

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Author: Seleste deLaney
Title: Fighting for Keeps
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Ignite)
ISBN: 978-1-63375-257-3
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via the Net Galley program in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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