Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Former helicopter pilot Maverick Delgardo’s injuries ended his Air Force career, leaving him bitter and one drink away from becoming an alcoholic. When his sister asks for his help on a private protection case to babysit a disgraced pop star, Mav reluctantly agrees.
Deacon Daniels, onetime lead singer and idol to his teenage fans, saw his career and reputation ruined when a reporter’s exposé led to a devastating scandal. Without money or a job, a heartbroken Deacon has lost custody of his baby niece. And just when he thinks his life can’t get any worse, a stalker’s threatening messages escalate to murder.
Mav only agreed to one meeting, but his protective instincts kick in, along with an attraction to Deacon. When the body count increases, however, Mav is unsure he is up to the task of protecting Deacon from a killer. But it is too late for Mav to step away, now that he’s lost his heart, and he must find the strength to reassure Deacon and his niece that they are in safe hands no matter the cost.
This story just pulled me in right away and I enjoyed it so much. Mav has pretty much been living in the bottom of a bottle for a while, not really getting on with life when he has to fill in for his sister to speak with a possible client. Deacon is in a bad spot and he knows something is happening and it becomes even more apparent just after Mav agrees to help him.
Mav just feels so broken and I loved that Deacon was the catalyst to get him living again, though I’ll have to say that how quickly he gave up alcohol and how easily he resisted the minimal temptation he had was a little unrealistic. Deacon is such a sweetheart and seeing him with his niece just proves that and Molly is absolutely adorable. I loved how they both wanted what was best for the other and supported each other in their own ways, it wasn’t just Mav looking after Deacon but Deacon also saw Mav for who he is and gave him the courage he needed to take his next steps.
Michael Pauley did a great job narrating this story. I think he captured these characters and their emotions wonderfully. I had no trouble keeping track of the story, which I seem to be having trouble with on audiobooks lately.
I like the cover art by Tiferet Design and think it works well for the story.
Audiobook, 7hrs 31mins
Published: June 27, 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English
Series: Heroes and Babies #1