When love cuts like a knife . . .
Bodyguard for K19 Security Systems, Tabon “Razor” Sharp has seen his fair share of tragedy, but one thing is for certain: he never forgets a face. Agreeing to be his buddy’s groomsman means he’ll once again reunite with the enchanting and gorgeous, Ava McNamara. Unable to finish what they started last time, he’s more than ready to reignite the spark with Ava.
But the wedding brings on more than he bargained for. Meeting Ava’s father throws a wrench into his plans. Her father isn’t who he claims to be. And Razor is determined to uncover all the facts. Torn between exposing a criminal and protecting Ava, he struggles between duty and desire. Now, it’s up to Razor to protect the woman with the haunted eyes and destroy everything she’s ever known. Will they recover from the truth or will Razor’s cut wound her too deeply?
Since the day they met Tabon ‘Razor’ Sharp and Avarie ‘Ava’ McNamara have wanted each other, things didn’t happen that first night because Razor was on duty protecting Quinn. Now it’s Quinn and Mercer’s wedding and Razor has the desire to see if the same heat is between them as it was a year ago.
That whole scenario gets shot down when he finds he is going to have to become her bodyguard. The reasons for the protection are complex from the start. First though Razor needs to convince Ava to move in with him.
This is a favorite scene.
Ava remembered Quinn saying that she’d asked Mercer once if he’d take her there, and he’d answered that he’d take her everywhere. She wondered if India would be their only stop, or would they continue traveling? No one deserved a never-ending honeymoon more than Quinn did.
“I’m going to miss you so much,” Ava said, hugging her friend tightly.
“You keep Razor on his toes,” Quinn teased. “Seriously, though, I think the two of you are well-suited,” she whispered.
Ava rolled her eyes, but secretly, she wished it were so.
“Speak of the devil,” said Quinn, winking at Ava when Tabon approached them and stood right behind her.
“Got a minute?” he whispered.
“No.” Ava walked away from him and over to the sidewalk leading to where Mercer had parked Quinn’s Porsche. She stood with the rest of the guests as they fêted the couple with rose petals on their way out.
She turned back around and saw Tabon standing off to the side, studying her.
“What do you want?” she asked. “I thought I made myself clear earlier.”
“I have an offer to make you.”
Ava rolled her eyes and walked away, but he stayed on her heels.
“Just listen. This doesn’t have anything to do with me.”
She stopped and folded her arms in that way that practically pushed her boobs right out of her dress.
He took a deep breath, willing himself to look anywhere but there. “I heard you and your sister were planning on spending a few more days in California.”
She nodded. “Pen and Tara are thinking about it too.”
“I’d like to offer you a place to stay.”
Ava laughed. “With you?”
“No, not exactly.”
“Explain yourself, then.”
Razor smiled. Damn, he liked this woman. “I have a place a couple of hours up the coast, in Cambria. It’s near where Doc’s family lives.”
Ava rolled her eyes.
“Wait,” he said, holding up his hand. “Hear me out. It’s a duplex. Each side sleeps six, although two of you would have to share a bedroom since there are only three.”
“Where would you be?”
“On the other side.”
“Why are you doing this?”
Razor stepped forward, close enough to tuck an errant strand of hair behind her ear. “Because I want another chance with you.”
“Ah, so there are strings.”
“Absolutely not. I just want to get to know you better, Ava.”
She shook her head. “I’m not interested.”
He cupped her face with his palm. “Please.”
“Don’t do this to me,” she said, shaking her head again.
Razor kissed her forehead. “Please,” he murmured again.
He saw her eyes were closed, and felt her lean into him.
“I need to talk to the girls.”
“Where are they?”
“They went back to the cottage to change.”
“I’ll walk you there,” he said, taking her hand in his.
Ava stopped walking. “Tabon?”
“Is this just a game to you?”
He put his arm around her shoulders and pulled her close to him. “No, it isn’t. I can’t forget you, Ava, and believe me, I’ve tried.”
“What if I don’t feel the same way about you?”
Razor smiled. “My heart will be broken, broken, but I’ll live. And in the meantime, I’ll get to spend some time getting to know the most beautiful woman I’ve ever laid eyes on.”
Ava rolled her eyes. “For now, I’ll consider your offer and talk it over with my sister and our friends. But don’t push it, Tabon.”
He kissed her hand. “I’ll be waiting to hear from you. I’m in Cottage Fourteen.”
Slade, Heather. Razor (K19 Security Solutions). Kindle Locations (584-616). Sparrow Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Now there’s something Ava can do that will become very disconcerting to Razor. She can tell when he’s lying, and she really hates when he keeps things from her. The way he knows she’s mad at him is she calls him Razor instead of Tabon.
I loved meeting Razor’s family and more of the guys, some not yet K19 but will be offered spots. It also looks like Razor’s sister has her eye on one of them. Oh and the whales, lots of whales visible from his home on the Oregon coast.
Intrigue, suspense and drama as things heat up in the case that Ava is a witness in. Razor breaks a lot of rules when it comes to Ava because he is in love with her.
Hold your breath action, tears, laughter, romance and sizzle will have you turning the pages to see what happens next.
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