HERO - Deatri King-Bey
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REVIEWER: Susan Plummer | RATING: B+
SYNOPSIS: Malachi Armstrong just overheard his ex-wife plotting his murder and is ready to strangle everyone involved. Malachi’s world is spiraling out of control when his good friend hires the Precious Jewels Security Agency to capture everyone involved in the plot. He knows the Precious Jewels are the best security agency around, but his only use for Amber Nicholas, the Precious Jewel assigned to protect him, is in his bed.
REVIEW: In Deatri King-Bey’s latest romantic suspense novel Hero; the second time proves to be charm.
After nearly two decades in a loveless marriage, Internet security and identity specialist Malachi Armstrong is finally a free man. His relief is short-lived when he learns his ex-wife has paid someone to have him killed. A long-time friend recommends the services of Precious Jewels Security Agency. Amber Nicholas is assigned to protect Malachi while her team works to uncover the identity of man his ex-wife’s contracted to kill him. Amber realizes the moment she sees Malachi’s dossier photo it will be hard working with him given her strong attraction. She doesn’t expect the attraction to be mutual and even more irresistible as Malachi doggedly pursues her. Amber’s job soon becomes hampered by Malachi’s fierce need to protect her when she should be protecting him. With time running out, Amber and her team decides to set a trap; using her as bait. Malachi has finally found the woman who satisfies his every desire and he’d not about to lose her. Amber must catch a killer before he strikes or one of them may die before they have a chance to explore the new love they found.
The main characters in HERO are well-developed with emotional pasts that weave perfectly into their current circumstances. Malachi is a family man foremost but realizes when it is time to move on. Professionally, Amber is self-assured and a very skilled bodyguard. In her personal life, she wants love and all that comes with it but is terrified of being hurt again. Malachi and Amber have an easy way of communicating like longtime lovers. His humor frequently diffuses awkward moments while Amber’s quiet strength diffuses Malachi’s ire in explosive situations. Amber enjoys Malachi’s playful side even though she tries to be the consummate professional. Malachi knocks her off her game; encouraging her to unwind. The title, HERO, perfectly expresses both their desire to rescue the other for different reasons. Several other characters help to shape this compelling and captivating story.
Hero’s fast pace is sustained by both the romantic and suspenseful themes of the story. The story is set in Dallas, and aside from being a backdrop, there is no real significant tie between the plot and locale
HERO delivers a shocking but entertaining plot with one more surprise in every chapter. I’ve also read for Keeps by author King-Bey and while both have detailed and intricate plots, I definitely got pleasantly lost in HERO.
1st January 2015 | firstname.lastname@example.org