Andrea Smith brings you this spin-off story from her G-Man Series. Things are about to heat up in DC!
Taz has a younger sister and Paige Matthews has a lot to learn – about everything, including herself. At age 22, Paige finds herself driving across the country to start an internship with the FBI in Quantico, Virginia.
You would think that Paige would be grateful to her older brother, Trace Matthews, a senior FBI agent who pulled strings on her behalf to get her into the program, right?
Paige is not overly enthused at the realization that her parents have pushed her from the nest and onto her older brother’s plate for the time being. Always a loner, she quickly wears out her welcome with Trace and his wife Lindsey, due to her…need for random hook-ups, and finds herself crashing with her oldest brother Easton and his wife Darcy.
Through Darcy, Paige is introduced to her sister-in-law’s former roommate and bestie male friend, Eli Chambers, along with his sinfully handsome partner, Cain Maddox. They’re looking for a roommate and Paige is looking to get out from underneath her family’s watchful eye.
This is no typical “Three’s Company” story, though. Paige embarks on a journey of self-discovery that teaches her not only about giving, but about accepting love as well. She soon realizes that sometimes what you’re searching for has been right there with you all along.
This is my first book by Andrea Smith and my second listen to Tor Thom & Charley Ongel. I’m a fan of MMF (and this is MMF, not MFM as some other reviews have tagged it) so I was excited for this. This is a spin-off from Smith’s G-Man series that I haven’t read/listened to, but I don’t feel like that impacted my enjoyment of the story.
The entire book is from Paige’s POV, but Tor Thom does all the male voices in a duet narration style. Which works really well. Unfortunately, I really struggled to connect with Paige. She was incredibly immature and disrespectful in a careless way and seemed to think everyone owed her something, even when she wasn’t willing to give it in return. I think Paige’s demeanor was exacerbated by Charley Ongel’s narration for her – which had this sort of sex-pot valley girl thing going for it. In some respects it was spot on, but it also made it more difficult for me to like Paige.
While I see the set-up may have been necessary in order for us to see Paige’s growth & maturity, I think a larger portion of the book could have been spent on Cain, Eli, & Paige. The second half was 4 stars even with the overuse of the endearments “babe”/”baby” and slightly abrupt ending. It’s not a cliffhanger, but it’s definitely an HFN segueing into the next book.
Also, a technical issue not impacting my review: The last chapter uploaded is actually a portion of another chapter from earlier in the book.
I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.