Elliot McKenzie is the king of reinvention. Five years after losing his job and his lover and almost going to prison, his self-help program, Charmed Life, is more successful than he’d ever dreamed. He thinks he’s put his sordid past firmly behind him, until he starts receiving cryptic threats . . . and realizes it might not be as over as he’d hoped.
Security expert Lennox West has been lost since a deadly skirmish in Afghanistan led to his forced retirement from the Army. His PTSD makes helping his ex raise their daughter a challenge. When his ex’s sister asks him to set her boss up with a security system, Lennox isn’t expecting anyone like Elliot McKenzie—a man who captures his attention and makes him feel relaxed for the first time since leaving the service.
But Elliott is dangerously stubborn. Even as the threats against him escalate, he refuses to involve the police, and Lennox fears that stubbornness could kill him. A battle of wills ensues that brings them closer to each other than either man expected. But if the threats turn real, they might not live long enough to get their future together.
I’ve read all the Panopolis books written so far. I really enjoyed Where There’s Smoke, Where There’s Fire and Where There’s a Will, which are set in a SciFi/Fantasy world. I didn’t know exactly what to expect from Cari Z in a contemporary setting, but she most definitely did not disappoint.
Lennox was a good guy. He was still friends with his ex-wife and had a good relationship with her family. His only real fault was not spending enough time with his daughter, but his PTSD had him terrified that he’d terrify her or worse, so it was hard to blame him. Because of his military background, he was also very good at his job, when the person he was trying to help cooperated. Which brings us to Elliot…
Elliot had a past he wasn’t proud of, but he was doing his best to make it right. Because of that, he tended to look past the worst in others. Plus, he needed people who looked to him for guidance in his self-help program to keep confidence in him. That’s a great attitude to have as long as someone wasn’t trying their best to harm him and anyone who got too close. It made Lennox’s job exceedingly difficult. Add to that the attraction that the men shared, you can imagine the frustration.
I really liked this story as a whole. There was plenty of action and suspense as well as some heated romance. The mystery wasn’t too complicated, but that didn’t bother me too much either. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going go back and check out some of Cari Z’s back list and wait patiently for what she has in store for readers next. 😉