Malachim by Naima Simone
Series: Secrets and Sins #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on September 23rd 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Looking like sin and smelling like trouble… Boston attorney Malachim Jerrod doesn’t trust anyone. His father and his ex-fiancé taught him that hard lesson. So when a beautiful stranger arrives on his doorstep his first reaction is to back away—far away. Danielle Warren wants a job, but his law business is falling apart, and her credentials are bare-bones at best. Still, there’s something about her that, try as he might, he’s unable to resist. The vulnerability in her soft voice? The way she flinches when he gets too close? The yearning he sees mirrored in her eyes when she looks at him?
She’s the last thing he needs… Two years ago, Danielle barely escaped alive from her powerful and abusive ex-husband. Now her ex is out of prison, and he’s coming for her. She knows she must leave her new job and run. Disappear—to keep herself and those she loves safe. Including her sexy boss, who has sparked feelings in her heart she never thought she’d feel again. Yet, she can’t help but wonder...should she let down her guard and trust Malachim with the truth?
But the only one he desires. Working together brings them closer than ever—but reveals secrets and sins best left buried in the past. Their lives and their passionate love at stake, Danielle and Malachim must fight to survive to grasp the future of their dreams.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I’m always up for a damsel-in-distress type of romance. The guys are usually all alpha and sexy and protective and Malachim didn’t disappoint.
This being the second installment in the series, there’s a little you need to get up to date regarding Malachim’s job situation. He’s a lawyer and his license has been suspended pending an investigation. Because of this, a lot of his employees and clients have left leaving him in a wee bit of a bind.
Danielle (formerly known as Helena) has been running from her ex-husband for the last two years of her life. Although currently in prison, her abusive ex has sworn to never let her go, forcing her to flee and assume a new identity. A lawyer in her former life, Danielle gets a job as a paralegal at Malachim’s firm.
While Malachim knows betrayal and isn’t willing to trust anyone nor is he looking for a relationship, he can’t deny Danielle is more than alluring. At the same time, Danielle can’t believe that the cocky but aloof lawyer that is now her boss is making her feel things she thought were dead for her.
With neither of them willing or able to be open with each other, it was hard for me to completely connect to either. Malachim’s protective instinct, though, bought him several brownie points and endeared him to me. I liked how the process of his changing feelings was done.
Danielle was one hell of a resilient woman. After being abused for years in every way possible, she kept being dealt with one crappy hand after another. Time and again she rallied, persevered and finally triumphed over everything making her more than awe-inspiring.
I did find their inner musings a bit on the long side. I understand they had to resolve issues within themselves, but I have to be honest here and admit that I skimmed over more than one of their self-psychoanalyses until I got to some interaction again.
With action, suspense, a touch of romance and some sexiness thrown in, Malachim was a good story I enjoyed and I’m very curious about the others in this series.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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