Sleight of Hand; Blackbridge Security #7
(A standalone within a series)
Publication Date: October 26, 2021
Genre/Tropes: Contemporary Romance
Author: Marie James
Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars
Hot, funny, and mixed with tension. BBS continues to amaze me with the mix of characters and great love stories.
This new couple sizzles chemistry, smoking hot fire, but between them neither of them have any experience in the relationship department, not that either of them are looking for anything beyond the sheets. However, the more time they spend together, the more the idea doesn’t lose appeal.
Gaige Ward and Leighton Redmond meet in a bar the night before Leighton is set to meet with Deacon Black for a job interview with Blackbridge Security. Neither Gaige nor Leighton know who the other person is, their interlude is purely for pleasure where they actually give each other false names too. A one night stand that shouldn’t have gone past that night, but the next day sheds a new light to a hot evening, with poor choices.
While Gaige and Leighton burn right off the pages, they both have problems with intimacy. Their back and forth, especially how Gaige initially treated Leighton was unexpected, but I loved the idea of how he originally handled his life and the growth he had throughout the story was excellent.
Leighton held back more throughout as the story went along, but she doesn’t believe in relationships, at all. Unlike Gaige who grew up with loving parents, Leighton grew up in a toxic environment and believes that all men aren’t able to commit. While she loves that Gaige is excellent at providing multiple O’s she doesn’t see beyond the bedroom for a future.
I love how each book in the Blackbridge world is different, but the entire team is brought together under one roof to work cohesively for one company. I never know what to expect when jumping into a BBS book and it truly makes reading this series exciting. I love returning, if for nothing else, to catch up with Wren and Puff Daddy, they make me giggle every single time.
Gaige Ward, acquisition expert for Blackbridge Security, obtains things for the team.
As far as your mind can take you is how far he can go.
If it exists, he can get his hands on it.
If he can’t, he’ll find someone who can.
He never fails.
As with all things when growing in popularity, Blackbridge is also taking on scrutiny.
His boss, in an attempt to counter being called misogynistic and discriminatory against women, needs a female with the ability to handle the same tasks his guys can.
Leighton Redmond fits the bill perfectly.
Only, according to her she isn’t for sale, for employment or otherwise.
Gaige loves a challenge but has NEVER had to fight so hard to procure something for his boss.
Maybe next time he’ll think twice before having a one-night stand the day before a very important business meeting.
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