CONTRACTED DEFENSE by Piper J. Drake is third book in the
Safeguard series. I enjoyed
reading the first two books in
this series and when I saw this one I knew I had to read it.
While this is the third book it can easily be read as a
The story is fast-paced from the very
beginning and continues that way until the very end. Victoria
and Adam are both Safeguard Agents. When they meet they cannot
deny their attraction for each other and have a one night
stand. The next morning all the drama and tension builds as
they discover they are now working partners. I did find this to
be expected and typical for a novel such as this. However,
despite the obvious beginning you soon will discover a story
that is full of action, mystery, steamy romance, and unexpected
Victoria is newly divorced. She is not so easy with
giving away her heart and letting anyone in. A creature of
habit who has a hard time delegating, always wanting to be in
control, and very organized. She has a hard time trusting
anyone regardless of who they are. Adam is easy going with a
laid-back personality. He was honorably discharged from the
United States Marines. The characters are well established and
there is an interesting ground story. Even the secondary
characters are well thought out and mesh lovely with the story.
The background is detailed and works perfectly with the overall
story line. Drake took a typical romantic suspense story and
created a world that is unlike any other. A great read that I
highly recommend. I cannot wait for the next book in this
Adam Hicks may be the rookie at Safeguard, but he's no
novice in the field. Retired from active duty after multiple
tours and back fresh from a brief rest in New Zealand, he's
itching to return to action. But the challenge he hoped for
arrives in an unexpected form: his sexy yet stern new partner.
The last thing Victoria Ash wants is to work with the new
guy—especially one as gorgeous as Adam. His relaxed attitude
about their first "easy" assignment together—setting up a
private home defense network for a reclusive client—doesn't
impress her. Easy usually means trouble. She's proved right
when Adam discovers that the multiple incursions on the
physical and cyber security systems aren't just glitches.
They're under attack…and there's a traitor in their midst.
As tension mounts, so does the attraction between Victoria
and Adam. They must protect their client and the research
he's desperately trying to keep secret. Working together,
they have to find the mole before their defense measures, in
the fortress and online, are compromised and the deadly
secrets they've sworn to protect are revealed.