The theme: Series catch up
Why this one: We all know why, don’t we… I got pressed for time and had to pick something short and easy. However, in that magical way my TBR often has, this is third in a series and I have read the first two, so I’m actually right on target! (The fact that I didn’t particularly like either one is neither here nor there. I do like this author and I own the damn book.
Under Surveillance took me a little by surprise at first. It looked like it was going to be a Linda Howard-ish story in which the hero is using the heroine for investigative purposes, while falling in love with her. I love the excruciating betrayal in those stories, so that was fine with me. But instead, Kelly Lockett finds out that John Edmonds is investigating her fairly early on — but after she’s already slept with him — so the story is more about whether she can and should trust him.
There’s a lot being written about women’s desires in the media lately, as if there were only one kind. (I doubt there’s even one woman who has only one kind.) I don’t get a whole lot out of billionaire stories, myself, but I am very susceptible to the fantasy this story is built around — the very competent, protective man who’s always there when you need him. Kelly is smart and tough, but she’s in over her head and John is just the guy to help her, if she’ll let him. (Or even if she won’t. He doesn’t order her around or do things against her will, but he does stake out her house without her knowledge, because he knows she’s in danger.)
The rest of the book is fairly standard romantic suspense — one plot point practically wore a “wait for it!” sign, it was so obvious — and the romance is a bit low key, but I enjoyed the characters and their chemistry.