It’s rule breaker Emily Foster's birthday, and like everyone at The Jungle Room, she just wants to get some action. Unfortunately, she stumbles on the wrong kind, witnessing a mob hit. To protect her, she’s entered into the Witness Protection Program with by-the-book Special Agent Jake Ward as her chaperone.
When the location of their safe house is compromised, Jake stashes Emily deep in the Texas backwoods. The city-girl might be safe from the Mafia, but she has to contend with a psychotic rooster, a narcoleptic dog, crazy cowboys, and the danger of losing her heart to the one man she can’t have.
Jake's as hot as he is infuriating, and she can't help but push all his buttons to loosen him up. Their mutual, sizzling sexual attraction poses a dilemma: Jake’s determined to keep her safe and out of the wrong hands; she’s determined to get into the right ones—his.
I accepted this book for review because it sounded so good. Forced into witness protection with the guy your attracted to as you guard, of course I wanted to read it. But I didn't like it.
By far, my reason for not liking it was Emily. I'm trying very hard to be kind here but she irritated me so much. She waffles back and forth on everything - from kissing the hot guy to pushing him away and then following him in the back room (not by invitation). Then her mouth engages. Up to this point, she seemed pretty normal if not a bit sarcastic but once her world falls apart she become irrational and dare I say stupid. It's not really a spoiler to say she won't accept witness protection until the bullets are flying around her head. Then she does it kicking and screaming. She fights everything. While I think it's meant to make things funny and increase the tension between them, I just have to agree with Jake and wonder what the heck her problem is.
I'm not really a fan of the sexy times - yes I said that. It feels forced and the timing is weird. I wasn't feeling it. I'm pretty sure a federal agent and the witness he's guarding being together is frowned upon. And while there is some minor resistance, it wasn't nearly enough to convince me. I was just shaking my head.
Do not get me started on her bikini trim job.
The only thing I did like about this book was Jake. He's actually trying to be a gentleman, at least at first, but Emily is a total jerk. He saves her and she mouths off. He deserved sainthood for not slapping her.
So, yeah, I didn't like it. Others felt differently. Check those out below.