Code Name: Grace
by Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: December 31, 2020
Publisher: Big Dog Books LLC
Book #6.5 in the Jameson Force Security series
Number of pages: 59
Source: Amazon Purchase
Contemporary Romance M/F
As the resident psychiatrist at Jameson Force Security, I make it my business to know all about our team—the good, the bad, and everything in between. But for every secret of theirs I hold close, I have secrets of my own I hold closer. I’m not trying to hide my history, but…it’s complicated. And that’s putting it mildly. It’s easier to keep my past firmly in the past, until the day a familiar face walks through my office door.
Clay Brandeis is the only one who knows my whole story. Through the darkest period of my life, he was by my side. A friend and confidant. I once thought he was something more, but he walked away and left me wondering how I got it so wrong.
After all these years, one look at him and I know I wasn’t wrong at all. His handsome face, his strong and steady demeanor, despite the icy glare he’s throwing my way. My heart wasn’t wrong about Clay Brandeis, and this Christmas, I’m determined to make sure he knows it too.
What a wonderful little short story for this series. In the last book in this series, Code Name: Rook, there’s a brief scene where we learn Grace is not as unflappable as she appears to be. As the psychiatrist for Jameson Force Security, she hears and sees a lot from the special ops tough guys (and women) who she works with. Generally, we see Grace as the calming presence in the room. Of course, after her exchange with Clay in that book, I was eager to find out how they know each other and why he flustered her.
The story behind the connection Clay and Grace have is heartbreaking. They did not meet under ideal circumstances, but have spent the years since thinking of one another. Clay’s reasons for what he did all those years ago are solid. He truly was trying to give Grace a better life and wanted to see her break free of tragedy. But now it’s time to revisit these old feelings and stop pushing her away.
There are so many tropes that I love in this story. Second chance romance, of course. But so much more fun, and so easy to see coming, snowed in! Yes! I love a good snowed in story. So much fun. Beautiful chemistry on top of all of that.