Ivy Danforth is out from under her Colonel father’s overprotective control, and she’s making it count. Big time. She’s taken the summer off to travel through Australia with her bestie and experiencing all that life has to offer—when you’re not under constant military surveillance. She wants to end her summer with some sexy fun, and she has just the hottie in mind.
Seth Rodrigo is ex-Special Forces working undercover and keeping an eye on Ivy as a special favor to her father. All he has to do is not give the game away and reveal who he really is. And especially not give into the hunger that’s burning through his careful control…
Then they’re forced into protective custody. Alone. Together. For four days.
And this time, the Colonel’s daughter isn’t taking no for an answer…
Source: ARC from Entangled Indulgence via NetGalley
I’m a big fan of Amy Andrews and have enjoyed many of her books over the years. This one has all the hallmarks that I usually love – well-written, hot hero who can be strong without being an utter jerk, a heroine with an independent streak – and has the added twist of deadly peril and the bodyguard trope. And yet, while I read this easily enough, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d have liked.
There are a few reasons for this. First, the crime plot. Ivy witnesses a crime, Seth saves her from it, they’re taken to a hotel and… nothing. Nothing happens. They’re shut up together and that’s it. I didn’t feel the least bit of tension from the whole drug lord on the run who’s also taken out hits on the pair of them. Not once was I waiting for something bad to happen – because Ivy basically ignores the threat and even Seth isn’t that worked up about it. I half-expected the whole thing to be an elaborate set-up to get the two of them together – it felt that contrived.
Second, the romance. I didn’t feel any between Seth or Ivy. She’s fancied him for months, he thinks she’s sexy, but they have nothing in common and they don’t really have much chemistry. I don’t even think Seth likes her that much. It’s hard to tell, he’s usually so busy thinking how hot she is and how he can’t touch her that there’s no room for anything else. Like the crime plot, it felt too contrived.
Which leads to my third problem: the characters. While both are okay at first, by the end Ivy is a whiny brat and Seth is broken record. Ivy might be twenty-three, but she acts sixteen at times, especially when she’s kicking out against everything because she doesn’t get what she wants. As for Seth, I got tired of his want-her-can’t-touch-her routine. He’s a tough guy and he’s trying to do the honourable thing, but sometimes I just wanted him to grow a spine and say “No” to Ivy and her dad.
Yet despite these things, I enjoyed this enough to finish it without any trouble. It’s readable and easy, with some heated moments. It’s not the best Amy Andrews book I’ve ever read, but if you like bodyguard romances this fits in well with the sub-genre. Overall this is okay and fun to escape with for a little while.
The Colonel’s Daughter is out August 11th!
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