Kathryn Shay brings readers an intense romantic suspense in her latest action packed read Close to You. Readers are in for a intriguing drama with a great love story that touches the heart and warms the soul.
Secret Service Agent C.J. Ludzecky has worked her way up to the Vice President’s protection detail quickly. In 6 years she has moved from a rookie agent to one of the most sought after assignments. Everything changes for her when the Second Lady’s father suffers a heart attack and C.J. goes to New York to guard the Second Lady, Bailey, while she helps her father recover. C.J. meets Aidan O’Neil, Bailey’s brother and is instantly attracted, only getting involved with him is against every rule. Also her job is dangerous and, having been burned one to many times, she vows that no man will have to suffer the worry of her dangerous position.
Aidan O’Neil has spent his life working in the family pub and doing what he knows his father expects of him. When he finally decides to break free and follow his dream of being a photographer his father has a heart attack. Since his father suffered the attack just as he was telling him his new career choice; he feels guilty and responsibly for his death. What is unexpected is the Secret Service agent guarding his sister, C.J. He takes one look at her and knows that if he follows his heart this could be the one. Only getting close to her means breaking all the rules and living with the reality that he may lose her.
Close to You is a sweet love story with some elements of suspense. Readers will love the slow build that Shay brings to her characters as they first realize their attraction, then move on to their relationship to higher levels. Bringing in the conflict of loving someone in a high risk job and how to deal with loss is at the center of this fantastic story. Suspense takes a back seat to this wonderfully written love story and readers will love Aidan and C.J. as Shay writes them with so many dimensions.
Close to You also has great characters which include the whole O’Neil clan and C.J.’s family. Shay moves the story along while juggling multiple plot lines, some are resolved and others are left open with plenty of options for sequels. Shay brings to light the reality of working in the Secret Service. Shay does her homework and it pays off with a wonderfully written romantic suspense with a poignant romance and solid characters. This one is not to be missed.