Rating: 4 stars out of 5
For some people that means spreadsheets, and for others it’s stitching endless hems. For Jacob Archer a day at the office is stealing proprietary information from a bioengineering firm for a paranoid software billionaire. He’s a liar and a thief, parlaying a glib tongue and a facile conscience into a lucrative career. He just has one rule—never get involved with a mark.
Well, had one rule. To be fair, though, Simon Ramsey is dark, dangerous, and has shoulders like a Greek statue. Besides, it’s not as though Jacob’s even really stealing from Simon… just his boss and his brother-in-law. Simon didn’t buy that excuse either after he caught Jacob breaking into the company’s computer network.
That would have been that—one messy breakup, one ticket to Bali booked—but it turns out that the stolen information is worth more than Jacob thought. With his life—and his ribs—threatened, Jacob needs Simon to help him out. Or maybe he just needs Simon.
This is a great story that shows that even when you have made a big mistake love can overcome the challenge. Jacob never planned to really get involved with Simon but he just couldn’t resist time and time again. Simon will do anything to protect his family and feels completely betrayed by Jacob’s actions.
Even though Jacob kept their relationship separate from his job they are too connected to actually be kept apart in the end. When Jacob runs after Simon finds him they keep looking but at the same time Simon is glad that he doesn’t have to confront Jacob. When the tables are turned they find that they may have a common enemy in this and it may be closer than they think.
We get to see both of these character’s points of view, which helps to know what the characters are thinking. Jacob closes himself off from the pain of not seeing the man he loves anymore when the job is done because that’s just what he has to do and as they begin to work together he finds that maybe Simon can give him an excuse to stay. Simon feels like Jacob has stabbed him in the heart with his actions and though he never apologizes for the actual stealing Jacob helps to find the real culprit for why he was originally hired. I loved how they couldn’t deny their feelings no matter what was going on around them and are both good guys down deep.
Cover art by Anne Cain is wonderful and gives great visuals of the characters for the story.
ebook, 216 pages
Published: May 12, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English