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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Review & Giveaway: Pursuit Of The Truth by K.D. Richards

Series: West Investigations #1
Harlequin Intrigue 
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: Jan. 26th, 2021
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Blurb from goodreads:

His skills can keep her safe.

Her secrets could get them killed…

Security expert Ryan West’s worst fears come to life when hotel CEO Nadia Shelton is pushed in front of a taxi and nearly killed. Someone will do whatever it takes to find the brother Nadia thought was dead, and the only way Ryan can protect her as they uncover the truth is to stay strictly professional. But the sparks igniting between them are nearly impossible to ignore.

From Harlequin Intrigue: Seek thrills. Solve crimes. Justice served.

For more action-packed stories, check out the other books in the West Investigations series by K.D. Richards:

Book 1: Pursuit of the Truth

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this and I'm looking forward to the next one. Nadia and Ryan were good together; low-angst, competent, flirty, and fun. "Pursuit of The Truth" was a fast paced, sexy story full of action, banter, and steamy scenes. 

Nadia and Ryan have danced around each other for a year, interested but keeping their distance. Ryan's security company, well, it's a family business, provides security for Nadia's chain of hotels, also a family business. They've avoided each other romantically because of the professional connection but when Nadia's life is threatened, Ryan doesn't hesitate to step up and keep her safe. One thing you don't usually see in romantic suspense where one MC is a bodyguard or in the security business was talk about the cost of providing security. Ryan knows Nadia can't afford round-the-clock protection so he calls in favors and is prepared to pay for the cost himself. It was nice to see it addressed as often it's not even acknowledged.

Nadia is not a stupid or flighty heroine nor is she a damsel in distress. She's not a hard-ass either but she is strong. She accepts Ryan's protection but won't just hide in a safe house; she has a business to run. She works with Ryan to find a way to still live her life while taking precautions. Since her brother's death a year ago, she's running the business on her own. So of course, this is when a competitor makes an offer to buy her company. While she's fending that off, there are business problems, attacks on her life, and questions about her brother's death. While I did figure some of the mysteries out, others kept me guessing and Richards neatly balanced emotional moments with action or drama. Ryan and Nadia communicated well, and there were no major conflicts keeping them apart though Ryan had some insecurity around the fact that he was a college dropout and Nadia had a college degree. But that was a minor conflict, not a big deal. The action and death threats ramped up the intensity of Ryan and Nadia's romantic relationship but they already had a foundation as they had known each other for a year; that helped to keep the HEA from feeling too fast, as sometimes happens in a romantic suspense.

"Pursuit of The Truth" was sexy, action-packed, and an entertaining story, and a good start to the series.

About K.D. Richards ~

K. D. Richards is the pseudonym for Kia Dennis. Kia was born and raised in the Maryland suburbs just outside of Washington, D.C. A writer since a young age, after college she earned a law degree and worked as an attorney and legal instructor for fifteen years but never stopped writing fiction. She currently lives in the Toronto area with her husband and two sons. Sign up for her newsletter at and follow her on Twitter @kiadwrites

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