Note: This ARC was provided by Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.
Before going into Honor Bound, I had intentions of reading the first five novels in the Montana Hamiltons series. Had I felt more ambitious, I would have probably insisted on reading the series that came before it, Beartooth, Montana, which I gathered from a bit of poking around Goodreads is where the soon-to-be concluded Montana Hamiltons spun off from. Alas, time was not on my side and my packed schedule both online and offline made it impossible for me to stick to my original plan of reading this series in order, which, if you're familiar with my reviews, pains me because I really do prefer following the reading order in a series even if each book is labeled a standalone. The struggle is very real, fellow readers and bookaholics. Thankfully, even with the return of past couples in the series, I didn't feel too lost while reading this series ender, though, of course, now I'm far more intrigued about the other books!
Ainsley Hamilton is the eldest daughter of a presidential candidate, making her a prime target for those who want to affect the campaign and election. While scouting for a location for commercial, all the times Ainsley suspected she was being followed seem to have been terrifyingly confirmed. She's soon rescued, however, by a cowboy who appears to be part of the commercial. But Sawyer Nash is no member of the cast or crew. He is, however, undercover, providing protection detail for Ainsley without her knowledge. He has every intention of keeping her safe, but her stalker appears to have grown bolder--and more dangerous--the closer the election gets. The closer Sawyer gets to Ainsley, the more determined he becomes to protect her at all costs. The cat and mouse game spirals further and further into treacherous territory, and now it's a question of Sawyer being able to outsmart the stalker before Ainsley falls victim.
Honor Bound is my first B.J. Daniels read and most certainly won't be my last, and not just because I intend to push through with my plans of catching up with the rest of the characters that had their own stories told in the five novels prior to this one. I have an affinity for mystery and suspense and when you add in the romance element and the story is written well and I've got a couple of main characters I enjoy getting to know as the book progresses, then I am one happy camper. Ainsley and Sawyer worked well as the leads in the story and they had that much needed connection that you look for in a romance novel. I was far from bored or disinterested and the story never waned as far as I was concerned. I think that the fact that this is a year of very interesting and controversial elections and this book having a presidential election as part of its backdrop was a bonus. Honor Bound was a satisfying read and it receives four stars. ♥
Release Date: 18 October 2016
Date Read: 14 October 2016
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