Title: Jackson (Ward Security #3.5)
Author: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Release Date: August 27th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 82
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.63 stars out of 5
Wade Addams has built a new life he loves. It’s far removed from the one he led as a kid under his brother’s evil thumb. Forced to jack cars, he ended up in juvie. Now, ten years later, he works as a server at Rialto where he feels like part of the family.
His brother’s release from prison threatens to destroy it all.
Fewer trips and time to date made Jackson Kent leave the high profile security firm he worked for in L.A. and accept the primo job offer from Ward Security. He’s heard great things about the Cincinnati firm. But he never expected to meet someone like Wade his first day on the job.
Sparks fly as these two work together to keep Wade safe and send his brother back to prison where he belongs.
This book caught my interest immediately and it was a quick, easy, suspenseful and enjoyable read.
If you have read earlier Ward Security series you know what to expect. The same basic formula with different people and different details. But it’s always fun to read about these characters and what they get up to. It’s like visiting an old friend and I love to read more about them.
The only difference is, this being a novella it’s much shorter and more condensed, they both feel the attraction from the start and it doesn’t take long for them to kiss. Or jump into bed but that happens sometimes. Especially when you really want it, and they both had that longing to find someone.
If there was something I was less impressed by it was the bodyguard work. Jackson doesn’t feel like the professional quite that he said he was (which he also thinks himself -mentally telling himself to get his head in the game). For me though not sleeping with the client is a part of it (but it depends), being aware of surroundings and checking them before the client is let loose, so to speak, is another. For many it won’t matter but I feel details like that add to the character’s personality and the professionalism and quality of their work. In some cases the bodyguard doesn’t sleep on the job instead being rotated on a schedule with other bodyguards. Of course it all depends which outcome the author is looking for. As earlier bodyguards have demonstrated this professionalism I am sure this was intentional and therefore also added to the character’s depth.
I really enjoyed this novella, it was quick and engaging while being a fun read!