Code Name: Sentinel
by Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Publisher: Big Dog Books LLC
Book #2 in the Jameson Force Security series
Number of pages: 189
Source: Amazon Pre-Order
Romantic Suspense M/F
Read 9/11/19 to 9/12/19
As a former member of the United States Secret Service, I’m no stranger to putting my life on the line in the name of duty. Having left the nation’s capital to re-settle in Pittsburgh, the skills I acquired during my tenure in Washington have made me a valued member of the team at Jameson Force Security. But when the President comes seeking a favor to protect his niece, I find myself on the fast track back to the Oval Office.
Simply put… she’s beyond brilliant. A nationally renowned energy scientist, Barrett Alexander is on the verge of a breakthrough that will change the world. Unfortunately, that has also made her the target of a suspected terrorist cell. And while Barrett doesn’t believe she’s in any real danger, the President isn’t willing to take chances with her life.
As the threats against Barrett become more calculated, I decide taking her on the run is her best chance of survival. Danger, isolation, and attraction ensure we grow closer than I’d ever thought possible. When I realize I want to keep her safe for reasons that have nothing to do with my job and everything to do with the woman I’ve fallen in love with, no one is safe from the hell I’ll rain down on those that threaten her.
After reading the first book in this series, Code Name: Genesis, I said it didn’t get as deep into the connections between characters. This story wasn’t much longer but I felt it took a bit of a deeper dive into the relationship than the first book. Barrett and Cruce have wonderful chemistry from the start.
The love story part of this book unfolds in a rather sweet way. Barrett is not naïve or innocent, but she doesn’t have a lot of experience. She is totally involved in her work and doesn’t take time to do anything else. Her dedication to her job is actually unhealthy, so when Cruce is put in charge of her protection he takes that to mean her overall health and helps her to learn to take small breaks. It’s during those breaks that the two get to know each other a little at a time and realize their chemistry is not just physical, there’s a real attraction going on between them.
There are some real cringe-worthy parts of this book. I don’t mean that as the story writing or storyline are bad, I mean the subject matter and things that happen really became intense. It was somewhat unexpected due to the way the first half of this book plays out, but they scenes make sense to the overall story. Just be warned that you may end up skimming a few pages if you are on the more sensitive side.
Sawyer Bennett’s hockey gods are still my favorites, but her alpha security guys are really growing on me.