Beyond Duty

Stanalei Fletcher
Beyond Duty
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
October 2016
Book 3 of Northstar Security Series
Action/Adventure Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Northstar Security agent, Riley O'Neal, balks at posing as anyone's husband for an assignment. Nevertheless, to rescue the kidnapped wife of a U.S. Senator, he'll perform his duty and do his best to resist the charms of the very woman who deceived him on a previous mission.

U.S. Army Lt. Mary "Chip" Anderson is uneasy about the undercover assignment to pose as newlyweds. Concealing her attraction to Riley while staying focused on the task, may be the biggest challenge. Despite efforts to remain objective, enforced proximity ignites emotions and a desire to make the fake honeymoon real.

When Chip is kidnapped during a botched rescue attempt of the senator's wife, both women become pawns in the case that threatens the nation's security. Riley must remain objective, save the women, and avert the threat. But after that, can he convince Chip that she wants to wear his ring forever?

Book Review by Avonna Loves Genres (reviewer)
Oct 26, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
101 people found the following review helpful
BEYOND DUTY (Northstar Security #3) by Stanalei Fletcher is an enjoyable romantic suspense and ties up the Northstar Security trilogy on a high note.

It is Riley O'Neal's turn in the spotlight. He is a Northstar Security agent who is looking to right all wrongs and then disappear into the night. When a Senator's wife is kidnapped and held for the ransom of a congressional vote, Riley is assigned to go undercover to the resort she was taken from. The difference this time is that he needs an undercover wife to fit in and he is used to working by himself. The woman assigned that role has deceived him on a previous mission and yet he could never forget her.

U.S. Army Lt. Mary "Chip" Anderson is determined to go on this mission because the kidnapped victim is a close friend. She is shocked when the person she deceived on a mission a year ago walks into the room to pretend to be her husband. Concealing her attraction is going to be difficult as the two have to maintain close quarters and the façade of husband and wife. The exchange for the Senator's wife is compromised and Chip is taken, also. Riley must now save both women and stop the blackmail threat.

I really liked the suspense plot in this book. It was fast paced, plausible and kept you guessing. Chip is extremely strong, both mentally and physically and has learned to hide her true feelings well in a male-dominated world. Riley always has to be the protector. He needs to learn to deal with a strong woman and realize that not everything is his fault when things go wrong.

Although there is a lot of sexual heat going on between these two, there is no sex and that is my personal problem with this book. The back and forth bickering got a little old. I feel in a romantic suspense the romance has to be just as strong and prevalent as the suspense. Good read in every other way though and a good trilogy all around.
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Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Oct 31, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
94 people found the following review helpful
Army Lieutenant Mary "Chip" Anderson got off on the wrong foot with private security operative Riley O'Neal. Now, posing as a married couple to save a US Senator's wife, Chip will have to suck it up and cozy up to her "husband" if they have a chance of finding her friend. Chip and Riley can't control the sparks that fly between the two of them, but with high level politicians playing both sides of the game, they don't have time to act on the attraction.

This is the third book in the Northstar Security series, but the first one I've read. There's nothing TECHNICALLY wrong with BEYOND DUTY, but there's nothing incredibly new or exciting about it either. It took me a while to even get in into this story as it was super dry and Chip and Riley had zero chemistry. Maybe it's the sensitivity I have for the current political climate, but I didn't appreciate Riley blaming Chip for his inability to keep his hands off of her. She was a supposed badass in her own right, and I hated how she deferred to Riley on everything, how even though she's this 2nd degree black belt, she's the one who constantly got her ass kicked and had to be rescued. Additionally, the suspense/danger was pretty dull…it takes a special story to pull off giving us the who and why within the context of the book, and this just wasn't that story.

Bottom Line: No OW/OM or sharing; no condom use (since there was no sex); no BDSM; no kink; no sexual assault; no murder, some violence.
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