Monday, April 20, 2015

An Opportunity Seized by Donna Gallagher

Title: An Opportunity Seized

Series title:  Haven Security, Book 1

Author: Donna Gallagher

Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing

Genre: Contemporary

 (M/F, Oral Sex, Masturbation, Violence)

 Page Count: 143

Reviewer: Cassiopeia

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Publisher Blurb:

Two unforeseen moments in time— One brings them together, the other is a danger so real it could tear them apart.

Antoinette ‘Toni’ Grimaldi prefers to keep out of the spotlight, blend in with the crowd and experience life the same as the bulk of the population. Being a mining magnate’s daughter is a difficult persona for her to uphold. She just doesn’t fit in with high society standards, always managing to say something inappropriate or trip over her own feet at the worst possible moment, resulting in that look of disappointment and embarrassment her parents inevitably wear whenever she’s around.

Meeting a handsome stranger who comes to her rescue and asks her out on a date is so much more than Toni could have ever hoped for on her dream holiday—one she is surprised her parents have even permitted her to take alone. Her fairy-tale moment is short-lived, though, when Toni discovers the stranger has been hired by her family to follow her every move—under the guise of keeping her safe.

Jason finds he is drawn to Antoinette. She is nothing at all like the socialite he was expecting to shadow around London’s nightclubs. After an awkward first meeting, he convinces Toni that there is more to his interest in her than just as her bodyguard. To his surprise, his attraction for the soft-spoken, thoughtful woman grows, despite his usual reluctance to commit to any kind of relationship.

Then a disaster at one of the family-owned mines and a string of death threats force Toni to return home, and her need for a bodyguard becomes a life and death reality.

Review of book:

I’m one of those people that can have a difficult time falling in love with an author’s new set of characters, when I’m already fully vested in previous world they’ve created. I thought that might be the case with An Opportunity Seized, as I’d read (and loved!) many of the League of Love books by Donna Gallagher, but nothing could be further from the truth.  I was instantly smitten by Antoinette “Toni” Grimaldi.  There was something so pure about her butterfly-like transformation from a sheltered school teacher to philanthropist, I found myself smiling multiple times throughout the book.  She grew up a lot in a short time and learned not to judge so harshly what she really didn’t understand.

Jason was the quintessential alpha personality type.  While he was handsome, and often used that to his advantage, he also had an underlying personal set of ethics that I found very attractive.  He knew he shouldn’t be involving himself personally with his assignment, but was so enamored of Toni that he couldn’t resist.  There’s something to be said with risking it all for love – the romantic in me sighed every time he stood his ground for his woman.

There was quite a bit going on in this story.  While most of the plot was dedicated to Toni and Jason’s developing relationship, there was a nice bit of conflict and some secondary characters that piqued my interest as well.  I’m not sure how I feel about Toni’s parents – I just can’t quite grasp what they’re all about – but Nate Haven is someone I look forward to learning more about.  An Opportunity Seized is strong start to the Haven Security series, and one that I would recommend to readers who like the ex-military trope.

                                    Four Twinkling Stars 

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