by Kylie Scott
Release Date: July 21, 2019
Publisher: Independent/Self Published
Number of pages: 242
Source: Amazon Purchase
Romantic Suspense M/F
Read 3/30/21 to 3/31/21
Betty Dawsey knows that breaking things off with Thom Lange is for the best. He’s nice, but boring, and their relationship has lost its spark. But steady and predictable Thom, suddenly doesn’t seem so steady and predictable when their condo explodes and she’s kidnapped by a couple of crazies claiming that Thom isn’t who he says he is.
Thom is having a hellish week. Not only is he hunting a double agent, but his fiancée dumped him, and thanks to his undercover life, she’s been kidnapped.
Turns out Thom is Operative Thom and he’s got more than a few secrets to share with Betty if he’s going to keep her alive. With both their lives on the line, their lackluster connection is suddenly replaced by an intense one. But in his line of work, feelings aren’t wanted or desired. Because feelings can be a lethal distraction.
I love a fake fiancé story. Fake spouse, fake significant other, doesn’t matter…I love them all. This was an interesting twist to that. This is a fake relationship story where the woman is unaware the relationship is fake. In fact, she’s getting ready to leave her fiancé due to the lack of any sort of excitement in their relationship.
Betty is understandably upset when she learns she was possibly used as a cover for Thom, although Thom claims to love her even after the ruse is up. It doesn’t help that they’re running for their lives and have no idea who to actually trust. Betty has no choice but to trust Thom with her life, she’s still not sure if she should trust him with her heart.
This story is a lot of fun. When Thom and Betty are discussing their sex life and she expresses having been dissatisfied, Thom’s reactions and excuses had me howling with laughter. Thom is a wonderful spy. He’s very analytical and views things from all angles before making a move. That may work with his undercover work, not so much in the bedroom. Thom was giving Betty what he thought she wanted…a normal, average relationship. In other words, he’d been holding back.
As the story moves along, it’s obvious that Thom’s feelings for Betty are and were always real. The key is getting her to believe that. And for Betty to confront her own feelings to really figure them out. Their journey is unique and I loved every minute of it. There is also devastation and pain along with the love and joy, so be warned.
I’m so glad I remember I had this book sitting waiting for me. I cannot believe I let a Kylie Scott book go unread for so long when I already owned it! Unacceptable.