Let’s Play Pretend
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Book Length (Est.): 329 Pages
Police officer Mia Donovan is studying for the detective’s exam when her captain offers her an assignment – be Finn O’Rourke’s personal bodyguard for the next three weeks. He’s in town to film a movie, he has a stalker, and the threats are escalating.
Mia isn’t interested – she’s focused on the looming exam. But her captain convinces her that successfully protecting Finn will look very good on her record when promotion decisions are made. So, reluctantly, she takes the assignment.
Finn isn’t the arrogant, egotistical actor Mia expected. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the ‘most hated man in America’, Finn’s nickname since he cheated on his girlfriend, a beloved pop star.
But his stalker is lurking and the threat is escalating. Although Mia’s feelings for Finn are growing, her job is to protect Finn, not fall in love with him.
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Mia wants to make Detective and when a protection job is dangled in front of her, even one she really isn’t interested in, she’ll accept it in order to better her chances. She may be the baby Donovan sister, but she’s just as good as her brothers and she wants to prove it, if to nobody else except herself. She spunky, determined, and quite feisty.
Despite what everyone else says Finn is a good guy. His only focus is to get his career back on track and untangle himself from his ever-growing crazy stalker. He’ll need Mia to help him with that…and he’ll enjoy every second of her protection.
The chemistry between Finn and Mia has its ups and downs. There’s definitely a spark there, well more like an explosion waiting to happen, but between their jobs and the stalker they have several what in the world are y’all doing moments.
“What are we going to do about this, Mia? he murmured.
“Do about what?” She needed a moment to get her brain working again.
“This polite, rational discussion we just had. Jesus, Mia, what do you think?”
“It wasn’t real. It was a ruse. A way to hide from the women following us.”
“Not real? Really?” He spun her around to face him. “I didn’t thing you were a coward, Mia Donovan. Yeah, whatever it was that exploded between us surprised the hell out of me, too. But that…that kiss was as real as it gets.”
The storyline in Protect Me is interesting, the stalker adds a little suspense with a side of creepy, and the ever-present Donovan’s add that little extra something I’ve grown to love throughout this series. There is however something that’s a little off, maybe it was the ending, or just me, but it wasn’t my favorite Donovan Family book.
My Favorite Moment: The first time they had to act like an actual couple in order to hide was more than they bargained for.
“Should I actually kiss you?” he murmured into her ear. “Like I mean it? Or do you want me to nibble at your neck and your ear? Play with you, get you worked up a little, before moving on to the main event?”
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