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Learning to Love and to Trust
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2022
Jimmy Maxwell, the tall, fit, darkly handsome, former member of special forces with vibrant green-eyes, broke the first rule for a security professional—don’t fall in love with the individual under protection. But, on his last security detail, Jimmy not only fell in love, he allowed his desire for the beautiful, sweet Miranda Shiplay to weaken his resolve. His love for her allowed him to be swayed by her wishes and desires as opposed to following hard rules of protection.
And so, he fell into the conflicting habit of trying to please her rather than his focus being on trying to save her. And, on their last morning, he yielded to her request for coffee after trying to counter her assurances of safety with arguments of risk. But, he yielded to her sweet entreaties. Although he was gone less than 10 minutes, it was the time needed for her stalker—her ex—to assassinate her. While the murderer, also killed himself, Jimmy had failed—he was broken, and no longer willing to ever risk his heart on love.
Now, 18 months later, Jimmy, and his partners—Luka and Alex—of Four Forces Security are contracted to protect another female client, the beautiful, smart and tough-as-nails, blonde haired, hazel-eyed Blaire Hansen, daughter of the powerful financial mogul and CEO of Hansen Holdings. Complicating the assignment is that Blaire is a member of a quartet of friends who are intense professionals, but who also enjoy their “play time.” Members of the group in addition to Blair include Juliette, Aspen and Harper Maxwell, Jimmy’s sister.
But what should be a “simple” babysitting assignment is becoming more complicated. A rumored threat to the Hansen Holdings has been uncovered by Four Forces. Also challenging the “baby sitting” is the “baby” herself—Blaire Hansen. She has developed an obvious dislike for Jimmy resulting from an unplanned “sleepover” between Blaire and Jimmy—a set up by sister and bff Harper that went very badly. Now, needing to travel to Miami for a conference, and in direct defiance of her father’s directives, Blaire is determined to ditch her babysitter, even rearranging the time of her flight to frustrate her assigned “babysitter.”
And the stakes become higher for the “babysitter” and his assignment, Blaire, when Charles Hansen himself is kidnapped from his own office building. Blaire must decide how to play the high stakes game of whomever is out to destroy the company. While it is assumed that Blaire is the heir to her father’s holdings, she learns that a condition must be satisfied before the financial and ownership transfer can take place—she must be married. Now, Blaire whose father is missing and whose own life may be at risk, must decide if the man who has been her “babysitter,” nemesis and lover will also become her husband.
Alexis Winter has begun a new series filled with suspense and emotional challenges, offering the reader love stories filled with passion and evolving love. Each story promises to follow the group of friends and business associates, presenting unique and interesting individuals seeking to find love in a world that sometimes offers nothing but challenges and disappointments in life and love.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review, but always enjoy Winters’ world of romance, so I bought a copy.