At the time of this review the audiobook is on sale here and the ebook is currently available in Kindle Unlimited.
Former vice cop Mackenzie Baudin is at the top of criminal organization Coercion Ten’s hit list. If they get hold of her, she’ll be leveraged against her uncle, director of OPAQUE’s special ops force. She’s now saddled with agent-protector Josh Slater. He might be hotter than ever, but she’ll never forgive him for walking out on her ten years ago. Unfortunately, her penthouse, which is now his domain, is way too small for the both of them.
No one else knows better than OPAQUE agent Josh Slater how to thwart Coercion Ten. After all these years, he’s closing in on the crime boss who bought his father for a bank account, but that entails returning to his hometown to protect his boss’s niece. The only woman he ever loved. Sexy, gorgeous Macki, who he was forced to leave behind. And he can never tell her why.
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives between Josh & Mackenzie.
This is the first book in Shelton’s Shades of Leverage series. I’m a big fan of romantic suspense – especially when the story is just as focused on the mystery/suspense/thriller aspect as on the romance.
Shelton did a great job with world building – especially the backstory setting up Josh & Mackie’s second chance romance and the establishment of OPAQUE and their fight against Coercion Ten. All while keeping the pacing engaging.
Lots of twists, turns, and unpredictability made for an enjoyable story. I liked that it took a while to really untangle the threat against Mackie. While she made a misstep – there’s no TSTL heroine here. Mackie is a strong, intelligent, and resourceful character. Josh is definitely a protector, but recognizes her skills. They’re a good team.
Lots of questions answered, Josh & Mackie get their HEA, but there’s some new leads to follow. I’m excited for Mitch’s story and to see more of the interplay between OPAQUE agents and the nefarious Coercion Ten.
I grabbed this because I really enjoy James Anderson Foster’s performances. He’s a great fit for Shelton’s writing and characters. Especially the fact that she had so many male characters and he was able to give them all a unique sound and personality. I enjoy his female voices too.
About the author:
Award winning author Claudia Shelton has already proven herself a contender in romantic suspense books that crossover into the mystery-suspense-thriller genre. Whether sexy protector agents or small-town family settings, her fast-paced stories keep the reader guessing all the way to the end.
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About the narrator:
Dubbed “the Hardest Working Man in Audiobooks,” James Anderson Foster has won or been nominated for every major award in the audiobook industry, and was one of those kids who actually lettered in drama way back in High School (and if you ask nicely, he might even tell you just how far back that was).
Since that time, he’s done most of his acting behind a microphone, and has narrated audiobooks for a variety of publishers, across nearly all genres – both fiction and non.
My Favorite Quotes
I’d appreciate it if both of you stopped saying no to this arrangement. – Slater’s Revenge by @ClaudiaShelton1 #Audiobook narrated by @jamesnarrates #ShadesOfLeverage #RomanticSuspense #SecondChanceRomance #KindleUnlimitedTweet
This kind of assignment killed an agent faster than a bullet to the brain. Personal and close to home. – Slater’s Revenge by @ClaudiaShelton1 #Audiobook narrated by @jamesnarrates #ShadesOfLeverage #RomanticSuspense #SecondChanceRomance #KindleUnlimitedTweet
Gunfire erupted. Targeting no one but Josh. – Slater’s Revenge by @ClaudiaShelton1 #Audiobook narrated by @jamesnarrates #ShadesOfLeverage #RomanticSuspense #SecondChanceRomance #KindleUnlimitedTweet
“You know, I could get used to that twice a day thing.” He yanked his shirt from his pants and tossed it to the side. “Oh, there are lots of things I can do twice a day, honey. Sometimes more than twice.” – Slater’s Revenge by @ClaudiaShelton1 #Audiobook narrated by @jamesnarrates #ShadesOfLeverage #RomanticSuspense #SecondChanceRomance #KindleUnlimitedTweet