Reese Holt : The Dark Side (Crabbypatty’s review)

reese-holt-the-dark-sideTitle: Reese Holt: The Dark Side (Reese Holt #1)
Author: Laura Baumbach
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Suspense
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

Kidnap victim Alex Throne literally drops into the arms of security specialist Reese Holt, pulling Holt into a battle against a ruthless drug cartel, personal betrayal, and a specter from Holt’s CIA past.

Holt agrees to put his team of specialists on the trail of Alex’s assailants while he takes on the personal job of protecting the life he inadvertently saved, motivated, in part, by a romantic attraction.

Keeping his mind on protecting Alex could prove difficult, especially when he can’t keep his mind off Alex’s body.

“The Dark Side” grabbed my interest from almost the first page and it moves along at a steady pace into a world of kidnapping, murder, intrigue, private security specialists, and an instant connection between Alex Throne and Reese Holt.

Reese Holt is “ex-Special Forces, sniper trained, trained in field combat, stealth missions, hand to hand combat. I carry a gun. I don’t need a gun, but I’m one of the best there is with it.” His team of security experts discretely handle “situations” around the globe at a moment’s notice. Not exactly a good foundation for any type of relationship, which hasn’t been a problem for loner Reese – until Alex comes into his life. The chemistry between Alex and Reese is hot and messy and pretty damn intense, with a pair of mind-blowing scenes toward the end of the book.

This book for me is a solid 3.75 stars, with only a few minor foibles. While the majority of the book is in Reese’s POV, there are only a few glimpses of Alex’s POV and I would have liked more insight into Alex. Although I guessed the instigator of the kidnapping scheme fairly quickly, the ending does a good job of putting everything in place and sets the stage for additional books in the series.

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