Freckles and Cap!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌎
Character development: 😟😣🙃🙂🥰
The heroine: Maggie (a.k.a. Freckles) – Maggie used to be an investigative journalist but quit her job in Philadelphia to move in with Cap and work at Reed Security. However, she has been unhappy at the job and frequently she up and leaves to go out investigating.
The Hero(es): Sebastian Reed (a.k.a. Cap) – Cap started Reed Security after leaving the military. He met Maggie after the firm was hired to protect her when she was a reporter and her life was threatened. Cap is possessive and protective of Maggie.
The Story: Sebastian and Maggies story of when they met and fell in love was told in the series “For the Love of a Good Woman”. This book starts after the couple has been living together for two years and they are having problems. Maggie has some yearning to do investigative work like she did when she was a journalist but she also has a habit of getting into dangerous situations when she is out on her own.
Cap has a need to protect Maggie and just wants to be with her when she goes out into situations that might become dangerous. However, Maggie feels like he and his guys treat her like glass when they are with her. She feels she can do it all herself. She hightails it back to Philadelphia to resume her life and figure out what it is she wants. Though since she could be in danger due to the last time she went off on her own, he sends one of his teams to guard her.
I have read the last 6 books from the Reed Security series, and I liked them so much I decided to start at the beginning and read the entire series. I love how Giulia Lagomarsino has great humor, a terrific romantic suspense storyline, some ongoing threads and a hot and steamy love story in each book. When I started reading at book 21 or so, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything.
Each book can technically be read as a standalone, though there are some threads and references to things that happened in the past that I couldn’t wait to read about. Cap and Maggies story arc was one of those things and this book didn’t disappoint.
One of the things I had wondered about in later books was the panic room below Reed Security Headquarters. I wondered when the panic room was installed and why it was there and this book answered that question.
“They all made sounds of agreement and headed toward the vehicles located in the hidden garage off the panic room. There was a tunnel that let out in the woods about a mile from the Reed Security building. No one would be waiting for us because no one knew about the tunnel. It was one of the first features I had added to the building when I bought the place. Call me paranoid, but I knew there would be a day when we needed it. That day was today.”
The last 20% of the book was heartwarming, funny and hectic but it was terrific as well. I liked that there was an ending and not any sort of Cliffhanger. Though I will be moving right on to the next book in the series.