Soft Target

Mia Kay
Soft Target
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Carina Press
Release Date
November 2015
Book 1 of Agents Undercover
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Wounded FBI agent Gray Harper will honor his dead partner by returning to work—as soon as the Bureau shrink clears him for duty. In the meantime, a long vacation in his best friend's hometown sounds like the perfect distraction. But Nate Mathis has another plan. His twin sister, Maggie, has a stalker, and Gray's the only one Nate trusts to catch the bastard.

Admitting she's scared would bring the cavalry, and Maggie Mathis has always taken care of herself. She certainly doesn't need a bodyguard. As far as she knows, Gray's in town to work as the Mathis family's new business manager. That she's always found her brother's friend handsome is something she'll keep to herself.

Gray's real job would be a lot easier if he didn't have to keep his intentions from Maggie. It would also be easier if he didn't want to sleep with her. He certainly shouldn't have kissed her good-night. There never should have been a second date.

All too soon, the line between responsibility and pleasure blurs. Gray hates to think of Maggie in danger. He hates that he thinks about Maggie too much, and of the day he won't be there to protect her. Secrets aren't easy to keep from those you love, but Gray needs to guard several with his life…before he risks losing Maggie forever.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Nov 14, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
131 people found the following review helpful
It's always interesting to read the first book from a new author…sometimes they nail it, sometimes they need a little work, but regardless, it's an accomplishment each of them should be proud of.

Wounded and waiting for his shrink-appointed hiatus to end, FBI agent and tax attorney Graham "Gray" Harper bides his time in his BFF Nate Mathis's hometown. The timing couldn't be better, especially since Nate's twin sister Maggie has a creepy stalker who needs to get a clue, and Gray's just the man to watch out for her. Maggie has always known her brother's bestie, but now that he's around a lot more, the lines between innocent flirting and a connection start to blur. But when everyone in town starts becoming a suspect, Gray will have to not only figure out who wants his woman, but also how to tell her he's as FBI agent that her twin brother brought in to keep her safe.

SOFT TARGET is the first book in the Agents Undercover Series and while there was nothing inherently bad about it, there was little about this book that was engaging. Technically well written, the book still failed to captivate me, therefore dragging on (and on and on) at a slow pace. I didn't think that Gray and Maggie had a bit of chemistry other than that of friendship, and even that wasn't that great. With just a few kisses and hints about wanting each other, the couple didn't make love until about 90% into the book.

And, I feel like a book with a suspenseful undertone should actually kick up the suspense before the last 1/5, and maybe that was part of what I didn't care for. The ho-hum mundane day to day going-ons just didn't entice me or make me care about who was sending Maggie flowers. Her character was like the perfect Stepford wife, doing what she felt she needed to do and never bucking the system.

Gray was also hard to get excited about; he was a tax attorney for the FBI, and that's great, they can't all be badass front line agents, but his personality was as dry as the law books and numbers he managed. That said, once the action began to pick up some speed, the book did improve SO much for me. I enjoyed the brisk pace at the end, though it became a little too rushed at the climax, making it feel slightly incomplete. I started to care about the outcome, but it was a case of too little, too late for me. Or rather, too boring, too long.

Bottom Line: SOFT TARGET is a promising debut by a new author. I would read more from her if the next storyline was like a good crab cake: more meat, less filler.
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