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Striking Distance – L.K. Shaw

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She’s a damsel in distress.
I’m supposed to protect her, not desire her.
Especially since she’s my sister’s best friend.

Estelle

I never imagined I’d get caught in the crossfire between the police and the Mexican cartel. After a failed kidnapping attempt, a bodyguard attaches himself to my hip.

Why does it have to be Victor: my best friend’s brother and the man I’ve had a crush on since I was sixteen?

Victor

Estelle tempts me like no other woman. I push aside my attraction though. My goal is to keep her safe, not sleep with her.

The stakes are at an all time high when someone betrays us to the enemy. Now it’s a race against the clock to find her before it’s too late.

I’d like to thank L Woods PR for sending me an e-arc of this book it is very much appreciated also my bad that this review is late. (As per usual let’s be honest.) So this is the second in a series but can also be read as a standalone, which I did read as a standalone which I found out after I began reading. Usually I found that you can sometimes miss stuff that happened in book 1 but this book did a really good job at giving us the gist of what happened in the first book which was very helpful.

Estelle was a really interesting character I really liked her although she was slightly annoying at times when it came to pushing Victor away like I get that she had a rough childhood with being used as a weapon between her parents and all she saw was hate between her parents. I did think that she was raised with Ines and Victor and their family like she should know them but it still doesn’t change the mind. She was feisty, sassy and once you peeled back all the layers she was really sweet and loving and I loved how much she cared about everyone. Also seeing her teaching was very cute and how much she cared for her little children (as a nursery nurse I totally get it. I love all my babies). Estelle is stubborn as hell.

Victor was so cute and adorable I loved his relationship with his family, from the moment the book started you could see how much of a family man he is. I also love that he is willing to protect Estelle although I love the fact he tries to push the feelings he feels for Estelle away but as always feelings win out.

One of the things I did love in this book was when Estelle was winding up Victor about his sister and her lover and his reaction to Estelle teasing him about the fact that his sister isn’t as pure as he would like to think. It was one of my favourite scenes in this book and it made me chuckle.

Ines so this was the first time I saw her, I do believe Ines is the focus of book 1 which I have not read but I also didn’t feel like I missed out on anything. Even though Estelle couldn’t know where Ines was you could tell that whenever they spoke how close they were with each other. I really loved seeing their friendship and just how much they both meant to each other. I love that Ines was guessing that Victor and Estelle would either kill or kiss each other and boy was she right.

I love the chemistry between Victor and Estelle even when she was trying to push him away you could feel the chemistry between them and I loved their relationship and they were so cute. Their date was so cute and I loved how much he knew her and even the little ice cream thing it was just all cute and gave me all the feels.

I love Victor’s family. I loved how they were all willing to drop everything at the drop of a hat for each other and I love when stories have families that are all loving and there for each other.

Okay so from the beginning of this book I thought someone was dodgy and let me tell you I turned out to be right.

I really enjoyed the plot, it had many twists and turns and it kept me on my toes. It was action packed and a great plot. The story flowed from start to finish and it all fitted.

I think my only thing would be that I’d have rather have read the first book before reading this one but you know that’s my fault. Overall though I really enjoyed this story, it was great and kept me hooked. I loved the writing and will definitely be reading more from this author.

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