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This is the day of the week where I post a book review for a story on the steamier side of romance. You all know that I love my Blaze subscription. Here’s another example of one of the Blaze books! Enjoy!
The Phoenix by Rhonda Nelson
Publisher: Harlquen Blaze
Release: Jan 12, 2012
Source: I purchased a copy of this book to read and review
Ranger Security Emploee file #153
Name: Jay Weatherford, aka the Phoenix
Specialty: Getting out of really hot situations…and creating new ones!
Subject (Jay Weatherford) was nicknamed “the Phoenix” after walking out of a burning building unscathed. He’s Ranger Security’s newest recruit, and assigned to Case File #8765 – locating the heir to the Betterworth Chocolate fortune, Truffles (dog).
Working for the competition is Charlie Martin…and she has a grudge against Ranger Security. This could complicate the investigation. Getting under each other’s skin is one thing. Getting under each other – in the hot, sexy and naked way – is another!
The situation is heating up, and fast. Our man is fireproof.
Charlie Martin, however, is not….
Welcome to another review of my favorite Blaze books! These are my favorite pop in your purse and read at dance class/skating class/waiting at the doctor’s office type of book. They are short and hot! This is another book in the Men Out of Uniform series by Rhonda Nelson. This series feature the ever increasing employees of Ranger Security.
Charlie Martin talks her way into an interview with the boys of Ranger Security because she knows their receptionist, Carlos. Although she knows it’s a long shot, she wants to leave the police force and go into security and Ranger Security is the best firm around. There are two problems, she’s female and she isn’t former military. Things aren’t going well during the interview so she decides to pull the trump card and let them know that she has hacked their computer system and they need to beef up their security! Although Jamie, Guy & Brian – the main men of Ranger Security – question their decision after Charlie has left, they go ahead and hire Jay Weatherford (The Phoenix) as they originally decided.
Jay’s first job with Ranger Security is to find a kidnapped heiress (dog) know as Truffles. What he doesn’t know going into the job is that Charlie has managed to get herself hired with the competition and has also been assigned to find Truffles. Sparks fly when Charlie and Jay show up to meet Truffles’ friend and start their investigation. Both trying to outdo one another and “solve” the case.
This is a delightful addition to the “Men Out of Uniform” series that Rhonda Nelson has been writing for Harlequin Blaze. All of the other books of this series start with a male member of the military having to leave and start life in the civilian world for some reason and their first case has them come upon a challenging female that they end up marrying. This one has a slightly different take as both of the main characters of this story are involved in security work. I loved the characters of Charlie and Jay! Charlie is a strong female tired of constantly having to prove herself in the testosterone ridden world of law enforcement. Jay is a tortured soul being the only one to survive a burning building in Baghdad. The sparks fly between Charlie and Jay – both of the sexual kind as well as sparks from the butting of two stubborn heads! The finding of Truffles takes a second seat to the story of Jay and Charlie solving the mystery and healing each other. I liked how the author kept things moving along.
This is a great little book. Perfect to pick up and read over the space of a few hours.
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