Taken by Tuesday (Weekday Brides)
Montlake / August 12, 2014 / $4.99 digital
He’ll do anything to keep her safe…for the rest of their lives.
Judy Gardner: College graduate Judy stands ready to conquer the world…if she can get a job. Hoping to transition from aspiring architect to famous architect as quickly as possible, the dark-haired beauty moves to LA, staying in the home of her celebrity brother, Michael Wolfe. But it’s hard for Judy to focus on work when the sexy bodyguard she fell for last summer keeps showing up in her life and leaving her breathless.
Rick Evans: With his hard body, green eyes, and easy smile, Rick could have any woman he wants. But the Marine-turned- bodyguard only has eyes for Judy and her spitfire attitude. When a faceless villain attacks Judy, Rick will stop at nothing to protect the woman who opened his heart from the monster hunting her.
Nothing is better than a bit of fantasy to take you away from the mundane. Catherine Bybee’s Weekday Bride series not only has the whimsical premise of Alliance, an elite match matching firm for the über rich—the books are also filled with appealing characters, warm family connections, and unique conflicts. Taken by Tuesday, the newest release, is an enlivening tale of romance and danger with an emphasis on the danger.
There is more than one type of danger, but Judy has always feared the danger of love. Not because of the emotions involved—she can handle those. In Judy’s experience, love—magical, wondrous love—has a downside. Love leads to loss of identity, and even to the loss of ambition. Judy knows when two people met and fall in love, compromise is just around the corner. And in her world, women are the ones to compromise.
I grew up in a small town where it seemed every girl there went to college, met a guy, and then never did another thing in her life other than have babies and go to PTA meetings. I want more in my life, so I picked plan B. I fell in love with design on my first trip to LA during one of my brother’s premiers. I want a career. Something that will define me more than a married last name.
Early on, Judy realizes that Rick Evans is a menace to her resolute mindset. Just his dimples cause her heart to speed up. Using sarcastic humorous quips has always worked in the past, but somehow, Rick also knows what to say to emphasize the physical attraction simmering between them and throw her off-kilter.
“Did the steroid train stop in town when I wasn’t looking?”…
Rick stepped even closer so barely an inch separated them. The smile never left his face. “I hear steroids shrink dicks.”
As if she couldn’t help herself, Judy glanced down, and it was Rick’s turn to laugh.
Luckily for Judy, temptation has been sporadic, since she and Rick live in different states and both are very busy. But once Judy moves into her brother Michael’s house in L.A., temptation breaks free:
“There’s been chemistry between us from the day we met.” He voiced the thoughts in her head. He kept moving his gaze to her lips, his body so close but not actually touching hers. So many parts of her started to tingle she couldn’t catalog them fast enough. “Don’t you want to see if we fit, Judy?”
“You’re dangerous.” But she wasn’t pushing him away. She was imagining that spark, and wondering at the same time what he would taste like.
“I am,” he told her…
She licked her lips, knew he wasn’t thinking of the same danger she was. Hooking up with Rick and lingering in his life could threaten everything she’d worked hard to achieve.
“I-I don’t do danger.”
He slid both hands to her hips, the contact made her actually jump. “I disagree. You like danger, uncertainty, crave it even.”
Dealing with the danger of Rick is exciting and exhilarating, even if Judy feels like she is walking a tightrope without a net. But soon a different sort of danger, one that is dark, shadowy and ominous, erupts into Judy’s life.
The hard body of a man stopped her. Before she could look up, he had an arm around her throat and was pulling her into the deep shadows of the parking lot. The tube holding the plans dropped to the floor and rolled away.
Terror stunned her, kept her from all cohesive thought.
She struggled against him and opened her mouth to scream. Meaty fingers clamped over her mouth.
“Shut up, bitch!”
The cat and mouse games that Rick and Judy play are deliciously intriguing. That alone is enough to keep you turning the pages, but then Ms. Bybee ramps it up a notch with the menacing threat.
Bybee's will be pleased with her latest released. Haven’t read her before? Don’t worry, even though this book is fifth in the Weekday Bride series, it can be easily read as a stand-alone.
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