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Growing up a military brat and spending eight years overseas with the Army Medical Corps, clinical social worker, Willa Smith, has had enough of rules and regulations. Still able to work with veterans as she did at the VA Hospital, she is much happier at the new and far more relaxed South Avenue Shelter, until one of its residents is implicated in a murder.
Former military turned security operative, Dimas Mazur, has worked for PASS security, his brother’s company, since he returned stateside after a disabling injury. The job keeps him busy, but when a homeless veteran he knows runs into trouble with the law, he doesn’t hesitate to jump in. The strong-headed counselor at the shelter where his friend stayed is an unexpected bonus.
Until she puts herself square in the sights of the man he’s trying to take down.
I am a big fan of Freya Barker and book 2 of the Pass series is a fast-paced romantic suspense featuring an independent and strong-willed social worker at a veterans shelter and a tough and dependable security consultant.
With Willa Smith, what you see is what you get. She’s authentic and shoots from the hip. She’s the odd duck in her cool and authoritarian family and loving aunt to her niece Brittney. But when the big, sexy Dimas Mazur appears in her life, she is finding it hard to “keep her expectations low and casual when it comes to the opposite sex”. He has a way of pleasantly surprising her with his thoughtfulness, respect, and humbleness.
I love Willa and Dimas as a couple. Willa is tough, but she has a compassionate side. And the love for her niece, Brittney is so heartwarming and adorable considering she caves and adopts a schnug (pug and schnauzer mix) named Twister for her niece with the hopes of using him as a therapy dog for the veterans shelter as well. Dimas is also tough, but he is kind and gentle with Brittney and romantic and caring with Willa. And let’s talk about the hilarious meeting of their parents. It was like Meet the Fockers. Dimas’ hippie-like, pot-selling parents are a hoot and even won over Willa’s narcissistic father and gullible mother offering them hemp brownies. Very funny!
Of course, there is a mystery with a twist that includes murdered veterans from Willa’s shelter that places her in the line of fire and Dimas to the rescue. It’s a great addition to the love story.
Freya Barker has done it again. She has written another sexy, romantic, and engaging story that can be read as a standalone in the series. And on that note, I hope to find out more about Yaris and Bree in a future book. If you enjoy strong heroines, passionate heroes, and an absorbing who-done-it mystery, give this one a try.
Thank you to Ms. Barker for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
USA Today bestselling author Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
Driven to make her books about ‘real’ people; she creates characters who are perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills in their lives.
Recipient of the ReadFREE.ly 2019 Best Book We’ve Read All Year Award for “Covering Ollie, the 2015 RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for Best First Book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the 2017 Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!