Monday, July 18, 2016

Guarding Midnight by Kacey Hammell

Title: Guarding Midnight
Series: Canadian Muscle, 1
Author: Kacey Hammell
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: MF, Contemporary
Pages: 122
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
Being the hired muscle just got a whole lot harder.....

No one knows sacrifice better than former Army Sergeant Gavin Bennett. He’s witnessed firsthand the emotional, physical and mental toll of being caught in the crossfire. Being a bouncer-slash-bodyguard may not be Gavin’s dream job, but he’s willing to do just about anything to help out family. When Gavin reports for his first day of work, he quickly discovers a woman who threatens to crack his legendary cool.

Shree Walker is on the run from a dark past she tried to shut away. Battered and broken, a happily ever after doesn’t exist for her. Ready to start fresh with a new life in a new city, she is happy dancing at the Vixen Club. She’d be even happier without the presence of the prickly new bouncer who won’t let anyone or anything get past his carefully guarded defenses. He’s a distraction she doesn’t need. And a temptation she can’t resist.

When Shree is kidnapped by the criminal mastermind hell-bent on taking the club at any cost, Gavin has to make a decision. Hold tight and continue to keep Shree at arm’s length. Or break down his walls and take a chance on something more powerful than them both: Love.


Shree has pulled herself up by her bootstraps. She has almost completed getting her nursing degree. She is so close to obtaining the start of her goals she can taste it. She doesn’t have time for love. But meeting Gavin takes her slightly off course. Gavin isn’t looking for love. He is just helping out a friend while he tries to figure out life outside of the military. Especially since an injury cut short the career he saw for himself. Shree isn’t what he expected. And getting her to listen is an even tougher job. Two bullheaded people colliding in the night is what Kacey Hammell gives us with Guarding Midnight. Neither Shree or Gavin were ready for the opportunity a thug had given them, so would they accept the gift or run as far and fast as they could? I enjoyed Shree. She was a hard headed female character who was determined not to lose her hard fought independence. I will admit at times I thought she took her fight a bit too far, but Ms. Hammell did a wonderful job of articulating why she fought so hard. And Gavin was such a brooding character. He had some preconceived notions that were quickly knocked out of him which I enjoyed. He was protective and everything you love about an Alpha male. Seeing him butt heads with Shree one minute and bedding her the next was interesting to say the least. This is my first time reading Ms. Hammell and I thought she wove and nice tale. It will not be the last time I enter a world she crafts.

                       Five Shooting Stars

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