Watching gorgeous Gwen Hawthorne wasn’t a hard job—but it certainly was tempting. Chance Valentine had tried to keep his distance from the sexy socialite for years, but when her father hired him to keep watch on her—as a twenty-four, seven bodyguard—Chance knew his control was about to be pushed to the limit.
He’d never wanted another woman the way he desired her. Hot. Intense. Consuming. Being so close to Gwen, Chance knew that he wouldn’t be able to resist her. So he gave into his need, her need, and he took them both to the edge of a dark and consuming desire.
But Chance soon realizes that he isn’t the only one watching Gwen. Someone else is out there, a stalker who won’t rest until Gwen is destroyed. Every day, every moment…Gwen is in danger. And Chance knows that if he can’t unmask the stalker, then he may just lose the only woman he has ever loved.Watch me.
Whenever Cynthia Eden releases a romantic suspense, it is a must read for me. Even though I love her paranormal reads as well, for me, she excels at writing romantic suspense. Watch Me is the first book in her new Dark Obsessions series, mainly focusing on three men who run a security business together. Chance Valentine has finally been able to realize his dream of owning his own business. He doesn’t miss his old job, but he does miss the person he was looking after. For a long time, Chance was head of security for Gwen’s powerful, rich father. From the first moment they met, there was an undeniable attraction that quickly developed into more, but Chance always held back until finally Gwen had to move on. Now, Gwen is in danger, someone keeps following her and she must fear for her life. Chance is the only one who can save her.
While I loved both Chance and Gwen, we are introduced to them at a point in their relationship that made connecting with them a little hard for me. Chance has a change of heart about his relationship with Gwen but that happens even before the story starts. So we never get to experience the struggle they had in the past or how their attraction grew, neither do we get to experience how they felt being apart and what made Chance change his mind. Because of that, while the words on the pages were telling me about this strong, crazy love, the emotions didn’t come through.
The suspense was interesting, especially for such a short story, but it wasn’t completely surprising. Watch Me is a nice, quick and easy read for a weekend afternoon, but it could have been so much more had the author allowed the characters and the story to develop more slowly and in more detail. In my opinion, this storyline suffered because of the shortness of the book.
Nevertheless, I very much enjoyed reading about the secondary characters, Chance’s business partners and friends as well as Gwen’s father, who I’m hoping will get his own story. Book 2, Want Me, is coming out in January 2015 and I am looking forward to it.