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Title: HIS Desire (An H.I.S. novel)
Author: Sheila Kell
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 5, 2014
Can Jesse Hamilton, the head of H.I.S., protect his client when his past and his heart have put them both in jeopardy?
When FBI Special Agent Kate Ross is injured in a drive-by shooting, Hamilton Investigation and Security, Inc. (H.I.S.) leader Jesse Hamilton, believing she is the target of a killer seeking revenge against him, pulls the full force of H.I.S. into action to protect her.
Kate doesn’t believe Jesse, the only man to make her seethe one minute and lust after him the next, when he approaches her with a note from the Facilitator stating someone he loved would die shortly, and he knows in his gut it’s Kate. After a second attempt on her life, she can no longer fight his protection or her attraction to him.
After making a mistake that cost his wife her life, Jesse vowed to never love again, but Kate stirs something in him that puts his protective instincts into overdrive. Keeping her alive and out of his heart is more difficult than he expected. Then he makes a decision that could cost Kate her life. Is history due to repeat itself?
***** out of 5 (loved it)
I received this book from Hot Tree Promotions as part of the blog tour in return for a fair and honest review.
When we first meet Kate and Jesse, they don't exactly get along. Jesse comes across as quite arrogant whereas Kate isn't prepared to accept his attitude and so dishes out one of her own. As the story gets going and you understand more about how these two know each other and the details behind H.I.S. then it just rockets away. The story is fast paced, well written and plotted out to the nth degree which shows in how it flows.
Although this story can be read as a standalone, I personally am reading it as the first in a series because, believe me, I'm hooked. I want to know ALL the brother's (and Emily's) stories - why doesn't Devon go out in the field, is AJ going to be okay, did Rylee and Devon meet in Vegas, and that's just to name a few of the questions this book has left me with. To become that invested from the first book means its a winner for me.
This book is not an insta-love book (thank goodness!), insta-lust yes, but not insta-love. That grows steadily as both our main characters work through their issues, not the least of which is that someone is trying to kill one or both of them. You will be following the story along with baited breath as you try to figure out "whodunnit" but the twists at the end are jaw-droppingly excellent.
First in a series, first by this author - excellent all round Romantic Suspense. Highly recommended.
I came across Sheila Kell on Facebook a while back, I'm not quite sure how but I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this book. I was delighted to be asked to read it ahead of its publication. I was not disappointed :-)
Kate is a strong willed, confident woman, and I loved her! She wont let this case stand in her way, nor will she let Jesse. Jesse is equally strong willed and determined to keep Kate safe. Their attraction smoulders and simmers and bubbles and hisses under the surface for much of the book and its quite late in the book when they finally, blissfully, come together! Ordinarily, I do like my books on the more explicit side. However, I have had a run of books that, while are hot, and sexy and steamy, are not so explicit, and I have thoroughly enjoyed them. THIS is such a book.
Its well written, from both Kate and Jesse's points of view, along with one other main character (who I'm not saying!) It has a plot twist I did not see coming, no ma'am, not in a million years would I have seen THAT one! The suspense builds, right to the end, and THAT is a good thing. All too often, either I get who-dunnit or its revealed far too early, for my liking. But not here. Kate reaction to that twist threw me slightly, and she has a bigger heart than I do!
What I particularly liked was the laying down of future books. There are 5 brothers, Jesse, AJ, Matt, Brad and Devon. These all play a part in this book, and some subtle (and some not-so-subtle) hints are made in this book, with regards to Devon's story, and Aj's. There is also an adopted brother, Jake, who plays no part, but is mentioned. I am absolutely gonna follow these boys, and their ladies, because I have ideas about the who/what/when/why with the future plot lines, and I wanna see how they play out.
A stand alone, but as part of a series, this is the first of the HIS books, and when future books come out, it would be helpful to have read previous books, but not necessary.
4 solid stars :-) For a FIRST in series, and a FIRST time author, excellent work, Ms Kell, excellent work.
Thanks to Sheila for the copy to review
Sheila has been an avid reader since she was young, believing in fantasy worlds, women sleuths and happily-ever-after. Instead of writing as a career, she followed in her father’s footsteps and joined the U.S. Air Force. After 12 years, she left the military as a disabled veteran then spent 12 year in higher education executive leadership. After reading her first romantic suspense novel, Sheila finally knew what she wanted to write. She has since retired to fulfill that dream. When not writing, she reads or spends time with her family. She lives in Batesville, Mississippi with three rescue cats.