After weeks on a sold-out tour, singer Cady Ward is coming home for the holidays. But after one too many episodes of fan-craziness, Cady’s manager decides that she needs protection—in the form of muscled cop Conn McCormick. Longing for peace and quiet to prepare before her next album drops, Cady doesn’t need a bodyguard just to deal with some vague email threats…though she can’t deny that close proximity to Conn’s body is a very nice place to be.
Conn is in the midst of a career scandal when his boss assigns him to pop-star guard duty. It’s a poor use of his skills, even though Cady’s feisty nature proves the perfect distraction for Conn while Internal Affairs investigates his case. What begins as a sizzling attraction becomes something deeper than either Conn or Cady could have expected. But when Conn uncovers the sinister plan behind the threats to Cady, he’s faced with a professional dilemma: To save her life, will he risk having a future with the only woman who’s ever touched his soul?
This book is a romantic suspense and is action based. And, yet it isn't. While there is the action, and the tension you would expect, there is also a lot more character development than I was expecting. In some ways, this was great...but in others, it left me not entirely positive how I felt about it.
Calhoun also writes with impressive detail and is very precise in the way she tells the story, so you are not only able to follow along but you also feel like you are getting a lot deeper story than the usual for the genre.
Conn and Cady were both interesting and developed characters, which was different from a lot of romantic suspense, and it resulted in my feeling very connected to the people who were being stalked and having their jobs threatened.
I recommend this book, for the writing, the pacing and the characters. It is the 5th in the series, but it does function as a standalone.