Reviewed by Jacqueline
ARC received in return for an honest review.
Welcome to the world of Ben Stone, NY Narcotics Agent with a wall built around his heart after witnessing a tragedy as a teenager. With revenge and justice on his mind he has no time for romance. That is until his partner Rob and his girlfriend Andrea play “matchmaker” with him and Ella, Andrea’s co-worker and best friend. Little does he know her walls are just as tough as his. Both are stubborn and careful to keep their walls in place. But can they resist it for much longer?
From the first page I fell right into this story. The characters were just snarky enough with each other to make them entertaining without being annoying. You could feel the chemistry growing between them. When they do finally give in to each other look out! These two cannot get enough of each other making the rest of us wish we had a Ben Stone! This story has characters that are believable and a storyline that is just as romantic as the characters involved. Loved the way the book ended, but hated that it ended. Thank you AM Madden!!
Benjamin Stone has an unrealistic determination to rid the streets of New York from any and all drug dealing scum. That determination quickly moves him and his partner, Rob Withers, up the ranks to Senior Narcotics Agents within their precinct. A new case assisting the FBI has Ben facing the ghosts of his past. Those same ghosts are the very reason he moved to New York to become a cop.
Ella Parker is bright, beautiful, kind, and severely damaged as a result of one tragic night in her past. Having lived an idealistic life, that horrific night sent her pretty castle of cards crumbling down. Forced to start over, she leans on her best friend, Andrea Hensen, to help her move on. With Andrea’s help, Ella quickly settles into her new life in New York City. It’s a safe and comfortable existence, albeit very boring.
Their paths may have never crossed, if it hadn’t been for their meddling best friends. Rob and Andrea believe that Ben and Ella are soul mates that were meant to be together, a perfect match. There’s one slight problem. Ben and Ella want no part of this matchmaking scheme. Funny thing about fate, it’s inevitable.
Or is it?
Can a truth cause the possibility of a happily ever after to crash and burn? Ben and Ella learn that sometimes truth isn’t the best answer. Sometimes ignorance is most definitely bliss.
About A.M. Madden
A.M. Madden is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels and now an author. In Back-up she aspired to create a fun, sexy, realistic romantic story. She wanted to create characters that the reader could relate to and feel as if they knew personally.
A self proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. Using every free moment of her time while raising teen-age boys, A.M. Madden plans to continue writing, as it now become a second career. A.M. Madden can be contacted on Facebook, twitter, or at firstname.lastname@example.org