Review: Above and Beyond by Kathryn Shay (To Serve and Protect #1)


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Above and Beyond is my first foray into bestselling author Kathryn Shay's writing and it's the first in her brand new romantic suspense series, To Serve and Protect. This story about a Secret Service agent on the presidential protection detail and a widowed mother of two who just happens to be the sister of the president had a slow burn feel to it but did come off as rushed towards the end. Shay struck a masterful balance between the suspenseful and romantic elements of the book, and she was able to give readers to main characters who had depth and a connection that made it possible for me to want to see where their relationship would go and invest in them both.

There's a reason why Nick Marino heads the security detail for the most powerful person in the world--the President of the United States. It's that very same reason why POTUS has tasked Nick to head to New York to keep an eye on his sister and twin nephews after several written threats were sent, the last one making it clear that they knew who she was related to. Nick isn't exactly thrilled, but with his eye on the prize--the directorship of the Secret Service--he vows to do as asked. In the midst of protecting the family, Nick falls for Isabelle Barton and her boys, but with the looming threat and the impossibility of being with POTUS's sister, he'll have to go above and beyond.

I quite liked the mystery suspense part of the book, wondering whether it was the president or Isabelle herself who was the target of those threatening notes she was receiving. Like I mentioned earlier, the romance was more slow burn, but the interactions between Nick and Isabelle made for some sweet and somewhat steamy moments. The romance evolved as expected as was the complication that came along with falling for the sister of the man you're primarily supposed to protect. The resolution of that complication felt more one-sided than I would have liked, but that's merely due to personal preference. All in all, Above and Beyond was a good, four-star series starter. ♥

Release Date: 13 June 2017

Date Read: 13 June 2017

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