Published by Entangled Publishing on March 20th 2017
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Volcanic hot and ambitious Special Agent Will Berwick doesn’t give a damn what his orders are; he’s not taking the enemy—the lovely but arctic Dr. Angel Treherne—to bed. Oh, he’ll root out her secrets, but on his own terms.
Caught up in a tangled web of deceit and betrayal, Angel trusts no one—certainly not alpha-cocky, cunning Will Berwick. First he’s hostile, then he’s charming. Why? What’s he hiding? With her life on the line, she needs to know. Preferably without losing her heart in the process.
Will Berwick and the frosty Angel Treherne first meet as patient and psychotherapist, until Will, after months of medical leave, is tasked with a honey trap for the good doctor and her apparent deception where her missing brother’s concerned. But Angel is as stubbornly arctic, and extremely smart to catch on with a veneer of icy control as Will is unsuccessful in his seduction attempts. But the game of hunter and hunted becomes muddled as soon as Angel decides to turn the game on Will himself.
I’ve always like Incy Black’s writing—and that’s my not-so-secret confession here. It’s flashy, confident, with just the right tinge of exaggeration, sharp insights and quotable quotes that make all my senses sing and tingle. ‘Hard to Protect’ has all these hallmarks and more, although it bears a sort of similarity to the previous books in the series: a high stakes run, a conspiracy theory, the tide turning ever which way, a temporary alliance between the protagonists because of it, and everything as always, takes a turn for the unexpected when the climax finally come into play.
Nonetheless, I loved reading both Angel’s and Will’s back stories which came together in pieces, loved their antagonistic start and the blackmail that they hold on each other. There’re elements of tragedy in Angel’s and Will’s lives, screwed up familial relations and the questioning of what loyalty really means in friendship and these little twists made the story very easy to get lost in—the weirdness and quirky bits aside—and I’m so glad to see this series finally rolling on after a long, long break in between books.