Hidden Impact (Safeguard #1)
by Piper J. Drake
Coming November 9, 2015
He's not the hero she's looking for...
As part of the elite Centurion Corporation team, military-veteran-turned-mercenary Gabriel Diaz is a natural defender. He'll do anything to ensure a mission is successful. Anything but get emotionally invested—he learned the hard way that can be deadly. Easy bodyguard jobs in between the more challenging missions are all he's interested in now.
Maylin Cheng is desperate and running out of time. Her younger sister has gone missing but no one seems to take her concern seriously. Her last hope lies in asking an aloof bodyguard for help. He dismisses her outright, but all that changes when she is almost killed in a not-so-accidental hit-and-run right before his eyes.
As Maylin leans on Gabriel, she begins to rely on him for more than just her safety. But as their attraction grows, so does the danger surrounding them. When the elaborate web they're trapped in unravels, Gabriel will do anything to protect them. Even if that means putting his heart in the crosshairs.
I've been in the mood for a really good romantic suspense lately and I have to admit that my expectations for Hidden Impact were pretty high. That being said, while some of this one worked for me, there were quite a few things that didn't as well, leaving me a little disappointed in the end.
I've said it before and I'll say it again... The bodyguard falling for his charge trope has always been a favorite of mine. And when the heroes protective instincts kick in almost immediately upon meeting the heroine? Even better! So I really thought I was going to love this one right from the beginning... And I did, for a little while.
Then we got to a pretty big plot twist and things started going down hill for me. Unfortunately I can't say much without spoiling a good portion of the plot but I can say this much... As soon as Gabe's ex was introduced I knew I was going to be disappointed. From that point on I had a hard time feeling Gabe and Maylin's connection and I really wish his feelings were explored a little more.
While I was disappointed with the romance, the suspense aspect was pretty good, if a tad boring at times. There were a few sitting on the edge of my seat moments when I was anxious to see how things would play out. And I loved that Maylin didn't cower when she was confronted towards the end.
Overall, Hidden Impact was a decent read, and while it didn't work for me quite like I was hoping it would, I'm sure it'll be a great read for people that don't have the same pet peeves as mine. I can honestly say that the writing was great, and I'm definitely looking forward to more Piper J. Drake books in the future.
Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Hidden Impact through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.