Guarding Mr. Fine is the third book in Tough Love series by HelenKay Dimon. Even though I hadn’t read the previous two releases I decided to go ahead and request this book based solely on the blurb. I’m so glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic suspense.
Seth Lang and Rick Fine first meet at a club where both are letting off some steam before they each move on to their next assignments. Their eyes connect from across the room, they have a few moments of conversation, and then a steamy encounter in one of the back offices that almost set my kindle ablaze. WHEW fans self. The next time they meet is when they realize their next assignments are one and the same. Rick is in Munich trying to figure out whether the death of the previous Consul General was actually a suicide or if he was murdered. Seth has been assigned as Rick’s bodyguard. They may be shocked to see each other, but don’t worry, they don’t let anything stand in the way of more sexy times.
Man, this author sure sets this book off with a bang. That sex scene at the beginning made me wonder why in the heck I didn’t start this series sooner. I might have stopped reading for a minute or two in order to look up the series reading order and read the blurbs for Mr. and Mr. Smith and The Talented Mr. Rivers. You can bet I’ll be picking those up here shortly. Anyway, back to Seth and Rick. What starts off pretty hot, just keeps getting hotter and hotter as these two realize that yes, they are working together and yes, they don’t care to let that get in the way of them getting their hands on each other again. What does come as a surprise to them is that they connect on a more personal and intimate level as they spend more time with each other.
Seth is an alpha male to the extreme with his growling and over-protectiveness. Rick is more even natured and is pretty turned on by Seth’s sarcasm and snarky comments. I thought the differences in their personalities played off each other perfectly. Despite there being obvious insta-lust between these characters, I liked how this author built their relationship from lust to love. Which is a hard thing to do when the main characters have sex in the second chapter. I also liked that there wasn’t any unnecessary drama between them over their new relationship. Oh, Seth does have an attack of anxiety over whether he can do his job adequately while he’s obviously getting in deep with Rick, but that really only lasts for one night. There is this other thing about a shared incident in their past that only Rick knows about, but even that didn’t become a huge, annoying thing that kept them apart.
Of course, this being a romantic suspense there is a mystery to solve and while it was interesting and held my interest (although, I guessed the identity of the bad guy almost the instant they were introduced), I appreciated that it didn’t overshadow the romance. The suspenseful situations actually lent a feeling that they were growing closer and more protective of each other.
Guarding Mr. Fine was a fast, sexy read that I think will appeal to fans of romantic suspense. I do think it can be read as a stand-a-lone, as I had no problem jumping right in with no confusion. Final Grade- B
P.S. I am hoping Ms. Dimon decides that Alec and his brothers need their own HEAs, because I would one-click those books so hard.
“The glasses used to get me beat up.”
“Now they’re going to get you laid.”