Into the Whirlwind by Kat Martin

Into the Whirlwind by Kat MartinInto the Whirlwind (BOSS, Inc. #2) by Kat Martin
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Published by Zebra on May 31st 2016
Pages: 400
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"I love her books!" --Linda Lael Miller
"Martin is superb." --RT Book Reviews
A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a private investigator, no one can handle the heat like the men of BOSS, Inc.
Megan O'Brien is at her wit's end. Her three-year-old son has been kidnapped. No police, says the ransom demand. Fearing for her son's life, Meg has no choice but to turn to her former bodyguard, Dirk Reynolds.
Dirk's never forgiven Meg for the way she left him after their brief affair. But with bounty hunter Luke Brodie on his side, Dirk knows he's got to help Meg rescue her son.
The few clues they’ve gathered send them spiraling into a murky world of big banking and international crime. Meg may be way out of her depths, but she’s seeing a side of Dirk she never suspected—one no woman could possibly resist.

Desperation isn’t a good colour on anyone, least of all, a former model.

Megan O’Brien’s only hope – or so she makes it out to be – when her precious son is kidnapped is Dirk Reynolds, the man she’d heartlessly cut loose because he hadn’t conformed to her ideals of family and the approval of her parents. What follows is rather predictable – Dirk isn’t able to resist her pleas at all despite wanting to keep his distance – and the trail that opens up after her son is rescued is a far more interesting one that I can say of Meg and Dirk’s complicated relationship.

It bothered me a lot that, in this second-chance story, that Meg’s affections seemed conditional: save her son, get approval from her parents finally meant being good enough after proving oneself, which Dirk essentially did in an uphill climb to call himself trustworthy in her eyes. It only took a kidnapping it seemed, before Meg saw him for his qualities and decided that things should change between them. Ultimately, it was difficult to support this pairing when Meg seemed to reinforce that shallowness (except for when it comes to her son), even showing several TSTL moments throughout the book. The requisite HEA naturally demands that Meg accepts Dirk for himself before this pairing rides into their sunset, yet it was difficult by then, to change my impression of her and of the suitability of the couple.

That said, I’d definitely want to know the stories of the rest of Boss, Inc. – and Luke’s setup and his extensive involvement in this book – is a perfect hook for the next in the series.