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Kidnap victim Alex Throne literally drops into the arms of security specialist Reese Holt, pulling Holt into a battle against a ruthless drug cartel, personal betrayal, and a specter from Holt’s CIA past.
Holt agrees to put his team of specialists on the trail of Alex’s assailants while he takes on the personal job of protecting the life he inadvertently saved, motivated, in part, by a romantic attraction.
Keeping his mind on protecting Alex could prove difficult, especially when he can’t keep his mind off Alex’s body.
What Reviewers Are Saying
“This is a really good start to a new series… and one that I am keeping my fingers crossed actually finishes. Mexican Heat is one of my favorite books and I was beyond bummed when that series fizzled. I was hesitant to start this book for the same reason. So, here’s to being optimistic that the future is not representative of the past.”
“Reese is this super alpha, ex-Special Forces security specialist. Knowing that this series revolves around this sexy man gets me all excited. Alex is the kidnapped son of a billionaire that quite literally lands in Reese’s lap, in the middle of the ocean. As a reader, that scene was quite original and it shocked Reese and me quite equally. Alex is a great guy and Reese is instantly intrigued and attracted…fortunately, Alex feels the same.”
“There is not a whole lot of tip toeing around each other and dealing with feelings, because they are constantly one step behind the men who want to do Alex and his family harm. Reese, a man who knows that relationships and his job are not compatible, is helpless in his need to protect Alex…and hope that just maybe Alex can handle his not so conventional work life.”
“There is a lot of action, hot sexy times, and a budding relationship that happens quickly, but mostly it is a great start to this new series and I look forward to more of the same in the next installment.” — The Blogger Girls
“Reese Holt is ex-special ops and the owner of Overlap Security Services, Inc. He takes on D3 assignments—dirty, dark and dangerous—around the globe, even jobs the US government won’t take on because they are borderline illegal. His clients are high-profile and the jobs high-risk, and his company has nothing but the best in the way of ex-military personnel. Reese is also a loner; he can’t take a chance on a relationship because the danger is too high, and he just never knows if the next mission will be the last. There are two rules he goes by: 1) He’s nobody’s white knight, and 2) never let it get personal. On a mission to retrieve a black box, five miles off the coast of New Jersey, Reese finds himself in a dilemma when he comes face to face with a pair of blue-eyes.”
“Alex Throne isn’t what Reese thinks he is. Alex isn’t the spoiled rich kid at all. Even though his father is owner of Throne Industries, Alex doesn’t want the responsibility of corporate raiding and all the business that comes with it. He has a special affinity for numbers that he has kept secret. He chose to be an accountant, and handles some charities for Throne Industries. As Reese and Alex get to know one another, it opens a door on how talented, caring and brave Alex really is. While under Reese’s protection, Alex is kidnapped by the crazed Pablo Cali, sending Reese and his team into the jungles of Columbia to rescue Alex and his sister.”
“MLR promoted The Dark Side for months, and I couldn’t wait for it to come out. It was definitely worth the wait—Laura Baumbach never fails to entertain. This is a fast paced and power packed story full of action, suspense, and heartbreak. It’s loaded with emotion and really great characters. Max Avery, Ryan East, Mark Banner, and Chris Wells are all a part of Reese’s dynamic team, but he has a special relationship with Max. Max is more than a best friend to Reese.”
“Reese and Alex are going to be a couple to watch out for, and Alex was just amazing. This was an absolute page turner for me, and I can’t wait to see what Ms. Baumbach does with the Reese Holt series next.” – The Novel Approach
“This book was such a thrilling read. I started reading it around mid morning this morning and I could not put it down. Not only was their the thrill of the mystery itself but their was this thrill with watching Reese and Alex come together and become a couple. It is not often that I think a couple in a book coming together is thrilling but there was something so different about these two men that thrilling is the only and best way for me to describe it. Such an amazing read!!!” – Gay Book Reviews
“The Dark Side is an excellent enjoyable saga. The engaging main characters are well-matched with similar backgrounds and personality traits. The combat style fighting is intense with a few surprises included. The criminals are a cold blooded nasty piece of work that inspires a cheer when they were eliminated.” – Literary Nymphs Reviews