Author: Laura Baumbach
Publisher: MLR Press
Length: 236 Pages
Category: Contemporary, Suspense/Thriller
At a Glance: This was an absolute page turner for me, and I can’t wait to see what Ms. Baumbach does with the Reese Holt series next.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Kidnap victim Alex Throne literally drops into the arms of security specialist Reese Holt, pulling Holt into a battle against a ruthless drug cartel, personal betrayal, and a specter from Holt’s CIA past.
Holt agrees to put his team of specialists on the trail of Alex’s assailants while he takes on the personal job of protecting the life he inadvertently saved, motivated, in part, by a romantic attraction.
Keeping his mind on protecting Alex could prove difficult, especially when he can’t keep his mind off Alex’s body.
Review: Reese Holt is ex-special ops and the owner of Overlap Security Services, Inc. He takes on D3 assignments—dirty, dark and dangerous—around the globe, even jobs the US government won’t take on because they are borderline illegal. His clients are high-profile and the jobs high-risk, and his company has nothing but the best in the way of ex-military personnel. Reese is also a loner; he can’t take a chance on a relationship because the danger is too high, and he just never knows if the next mission will be the last. There are two rules he goes by: 1) He’s nobody’s white knight, and 2) never let it get personal. On a mission to retrieve a black box, five miles off the coast of New Jersey, Reese finds himself in a dilemma when he comes face to face with a pair of blue-eyes.
Alex Throne isn’t what Reese thinks he is. Alex isn’t the spoiled rich kid at all. Even though his father is owner of Throne Industries, Alex doesn’t want the responsibility of corporate raiding and all the business that comes with it. He has a special affinity for numbers that he has kept secret. He chose to be an accountant, and handles some charities for Throne Industries. As Reese and Alex get to know one another, it opens a door on how talented, caring and brave Alex really is. While under Reese’s protection, Alex is kidnapped by the crazed Pablo Cali, sending Reese and his team into the jungles of Columbia to rescue Alex and his sister.
MLR promoted The Dark Side for months, and I couldn’t wait for it to come out. It was definitely worth the wait—Laura Baumbach never fails to entertain. This is a fast paced and power packed story full of action, suspense, and heartbreak. It’s loaded with emotion and really great characters. Max Avery, Ryan East, Mark Banner, and Chris Wells are all a part of Reese’s dynamic team, but he has a special relationship with Max. Max is more than a best friend to Reese.
Reese and Alex are going to be a couple to watch out for, and Alex was just amazing. This was an absolute page turner for me, and I can’t wait to see what Ms. Baumbach does with the Reese Holt series next.
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