Axel: Corps Security, Book 1

AxelAuthor: Harper Sloan
Book Name: Axel
Series: Corps Security
Order: #1
Genre: Romance
Rating:  Really Good

Blurb:  Fate hasn’t always been friends with Isabelle West. In fact, fate has been a downright bitch.

Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn’t by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right back and hand you nightmares. One thing Isabelle knew for sure fate was consistent with was taking away everything she ever loved.

For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle…her ex-husband.

When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door.

Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to now. He’s carried his anger for so long he isn’t sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated.

How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces?

Review:  More times than not, when an author attempts to have a character that  overcomes some seriously ugly history, that character ends up being annoying because they end up coming across as whiny and pathetic.  That is so not the case here. Isabelle is absolutely messed up.  Acknowledges that she is messed up and needs help, but she is doing what she can to work through it.

Throw in a seriously badass ex military and you almost expect Cinderella syndrome to crop up.  Again, not the case here.  While Axel is a total alpha male, pushy and protective, he isn’t that perfect guy that can do no wrong.  He is struggling with dealing with their messed up past just as much as she is.

Starting out, you’d think that this whole book was going to hang out on the darker, uglier side, but it isn’t.  It is about overcoming the ugly to find the beautiful.  The way the author handles her characters is beautifully done.

It isn’t all smooth sailing and rainbows.  There are still threats from the past.  You absolutely know something is coming.  It is impossible not to, but you don’t know for sure when it is coming or how often.  I was honestly reading along and it was kind of like watching a scary moving waiting for that moment when you know you are going to jump.  Every time there was a possibility of something happening, I’m tensing, wondering if it is going to happen in the next paragraph or not.  I have to say, that was really kind of cool how the suspense and tension was hanging there without it being too over the top.

This was a new author for me and after this book, I’m really looking forward to reading more.  Her guys are up there in the same ballpark as Kristen Ashley’s guys are, which is pretty awesome in my opinion.