Moonlighter (The Company #1) by Sarina Bowen
Series: The Company #1
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Publication Date: October 22, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Friends to More, Romantic Suspense, Sports
Pages: 370
Format: e-ARC
Source: the publicist

Five nights. Two adversaries. Only one bed in their hotel room. I’m at the height of my athletic career. Yet my arrogant brother is always trying to recruit me into the family business: a global security company so secretive that I don’t even know its name. Pass, thanks. I don’t need a summer job. But the jerk ambushes me with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl I knew when we were kids. Now she’s a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble. So guess who’s on a flight to Hawaii? It’s going to be a long week in paradise. My job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing me with her tiny bikinis. Or maybe we’re torturing each other. It’s all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And this jock must become her major league protector.

Moonlighter is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary. Expect: a growly hero, a lady boss with no time for his attitude, and a war of wills and hormones. Bonus: a hunk wearing a baby in a sling.

*Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the Author through her publicist but that did not in any way influence this review!!

There’s absolutely nothing you won’t love here…a sexy hockey player, a security firm with super secretive tech gadgets, a childhood friend who could be so much more, some misunderstandings, a great big mystery, and some very steamy chemistry.  Really, what more could you want?  I adore Sarina Bowen’s characters and her ability to give us unique storylines and fun plots.  She’s done it again here with her very first romance with a touch of suspense.  To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  After all, I’m a huge fan of her hockey romances and I wasn’t sure what adding a mystery storyline would do to the book.  Well, I’m here to tell you that it added excitement and made the book even harder to put down!

I absolutely adored Alex.  She’s such an intelligent and successful woman who, for the most part, knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it.  She strong and, even though she finds herself in a situation she wasn’t expecting, she continues to move forward in her life, taking on the challenge with a fierce attitude.  Eric is battling injury and the potential end of his career while, at the same time, trying to figure out why he’s fallen so quickly for Alex.  He’s a romantic at heart and even though he comes off as a tough cookie at times, he’s really just a softy!  I loved his dedication to Alex and his commitment to his team.  Of course, when you have two wonderful characters it’s easy to see why they’re so fantastic together.  These two have wonderful banter and undeniable chemistry.  I loved every element of their story.

And, because this is the first book in Ms. Bowen’s new series, we get to meet a few new characters – Eric’s brother, Max, and Alex’s bodyguard, Duff, are two of my favorites…ones I hope get books of their very own!  As always, I loved the interactions between the primary and secondary characters – Sarina Bowen has a knack of making you love those secondary characters as much as you love the main ones.  I can’t wait to see where she takes us next…and what mysteries the members of The Company will let us in on!

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