I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: Safe #2
Published by Escape Publishing on January 1, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: the publisher
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Smooth, seductive and savage: Lee Christine returns to the dark, criminal underbelly of Sydney with her follow-up to In Safe Hands.
Legal secretary Josephine Valenti has no idea why a notorious bikie president would be contacting her, but when he is murdered in front of her eyes, she knows that she is in very deep trouble. Fleeing to her home, she's intercepted by Nate Hunter, a man she used to know and lust after…a man she used to care about.
However, Nate has changed. His leathers and his bike tell of a lifestyle that Josie can't begin to accept or understand. His is a life of drugs, money laundering and prostitution.
Though, all is not what it seems, and Josie must fight harder than she ever has before — for the truth, for what's right, and, ultimately for the man who still has a hold of her heart.
OK, you’re looking for something hot, fast-paced and that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Right?? No….I’m not talking about that, I’m talking about books as always!
I think I might just have the book that fits all those categories. In Safe Arms is the second of Lee Christine’s series set in and around the murky Sydney underworld. The first book, In Safe Hands, was a launch title in 2012 for Harlequin Australia’s digital-first line, Escape Publishing.
I’m yet to read book one, however based on this one, I’m going straight back to my Kindle to devour it!
Here are my thoughts on In Safe Arms:
Oh, how I am loving romantic suspense, my fabulous readers! The tension, the ever-present sense of danger, excitement and, of course, the heat that is generated between the hero and heroine.
Josie and Nate have the heat fairly radiating from them from almost the moment they meet. Despite their significant age difference – Josie is not quite 21, while Nate is working his way through his mid-thirties – their attraction and the tension that results from it is totally believable. I loved that Josie was a mature, strong-minded woman, but also that she was very much a twenty-year-old – not pretending to be someone she is not. Nate’s struggle with his feelings is really well done, in that he is open about wanting Josie, but also in not wanting to expose her to the hurt he thinks he will cause.
A major reason, other than the delicious tension between Josie and Nate, that I enjoyed In Safe Arms so much is the way in which the suspense surrounding the mysterious “O” or Overseer was maintained. I kept thinking I had it worked out, but I would never have guessed who it ended up being. The world in which Nate has been existing and the characters that inhabit it are also wonderfully constructed and so easy to visualise – almost like you are seeing them as you read the words.
The hints and glimpses throughout the story of Allegra and Luke from the first book have definitely confirmed that I need to get back and read In Safe Hands.
I cannot wait to see what other awesome Lee Christine has in store for us all.
And that cover…..(momentarily distracted)……those most definitely look like arms you would happily be safe in….