Deadly Intentions is the first book in the Hardy Brothers Security series by author Lily Harper Hart.
Amazon Description: Are second chances worth the risk?
Is a childhood crush something that can ever be fully realized?
James Hardy has everything he has ever wanted in life. Almost. After years spent in the military, he has opened his own security business and employed both of his younger brothers in a world he not only embraces, but enjoys. He likes the adventure. He likes the excitement. He certainly isn’t looking for anything more — until she walks through his door and changes everything.
Mandy Avery has harbored a crush on James Hardy for as long as she can remember — and her memory stretches far. She goes to the Hardy brothers out of necessity, but as soon as she sees James she realizes that old feelings aren’t so easily shoved to the side.
James wants to keep her safe. No, he needs to keep her safe — even though he isn’t exactly sure why. Someone is trying to hurt her, and that’s not something he can tolerate. She’s grown into the type of woman he’s drawn to, though, despite his own rule that dating clients is forbidden.
Mandy wants to find out who is threatening her, but being around James is more than she can bear. Something in her very being is propelling her into his arms — even though she knows her heart is at risk with every kiss.
James eventually gives in — and immediately regrets his rash actions. Unfortunately for him, it’s too late. He’s not willing to give her up — and he’s more than ready to die for her if that’s what it takes to keep her safe.
She’s unsure of their future, but Mandy can’t fight his pull. She’s lost — even before he’s ready for her to find him.
When things come to head, will James be able to save the only woman he’s ever really cared about? And will Mandy have enough faith to believe that what he’s offering is real?
James Hardy became a Marine right out of high school. He served a few years before leaving and starting a security company with his brothers Grady and Finn. One of the people that comes in for help is their little sister’s best friend, Mandy Avery. James hasn’t seen Mandy since he left.
Now she needs their help. She felt like she was being watched. And then someone tries to run her over twice in the courthouse parking lot. Someone broke into her home and went through papers in her office. Someone is out to get her. The police don’t believe her. They think she’s just making it up for attention.
James takes the case and gives her the “friends/family” discount, which is free. He starts crashing at her place to make sure she’s safe since her apartment is a break-in waiting to happen. When he sees the outline of someone standing on her patio during a rainstorm, he decides to move her into his place until the perp is caught.
I liked this book. Mandy is definitely my favorite character. She is sassy and real. She has no overt sense of the world owing her anything. She doesn’t want to be a bother to the brothers but does feel she’s in danger. Man, does she lay into James a few times and it is funny to read what she’s saying.
I read this book in a couple sittings. I wanted to read it straight through in one but alas, tiredness won out. There’s action, adventure and intrigue in this book. The person I suspected of everything is NOT who it ended up being and it really shocked me when I found out who it really was causing all the issues!
I like the author’s writing style. There were a couple small punctuation errors but other than that, her book was perfect in editing/grammar. Everyone who’s read my reviews before knows that editing/grammar/punctuation are a huge thing to me as a bad editor can lead your book downhill. That is not the case with this book and I was glad. I have several of the next books in the series and I can’t wait to sit down and read them as well.
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