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Review: The Enforcer by HelenKay Dimon

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TheEnforcerThe Enforcer by HelenKay Dimon (romantic suspense, Avon, April 2017)

 

Series: Games People Play, book 2

 

Summary:
Security expert Matthias Clarke hunts down people who don’t want to be found. His latest prey: the sole survivor of a massacre that killed his brother years ago. Kayla Roy claimed she was a victim of the carnage. Then she disappeared. Matthias thinks Kayla may have actually been the killer—and he wants justice.

 

Kayla Roy never stays in one place too long and never lets a man get too close. But keeping Matthias at arm’s length may be impossible. Dark and enigmatic, Matthias draws Kayla in from the start. She knows nothing about his connection to her dark past, or his thirst for vengeance. She only knows their attraction feels overpowering—and very dangerous.

Matthias’s suspicions about the sensual Kayla clash with his instinct to protect her, especially when he realizes her life is in danger. But Kayla’s not looking for a savior—especially one who seems hell-bent on tempting her down a lethal path.

 

 

Review:
The Enforcer by HelenKay Dimon is the second book in Games People Play series. In this one, Matthias Clarke is searching for a woman who survived a brutal attack in which his brother was murdered. With the help of his friend/colleague Garrett, Matthias finds Kayla Roy working in a restaurant close by. Matthias thinks Kayla is hiding something about his brother’s murder and is determined to find out what that might be. But Kayla isn’t exactly what he expected. He ends up sticking around trying to figure her out.

 

Kayla, meanwhile, is on the run. Ever since the murder several years ago, Kayla, who has changed identities, has been moving around, never staying in one place for long. She has been at her current location for long enough that Matthias and Garrett’s presence makes her very nervous. But she doesn’t flee, and Matthias sort of insinuates himself into Kayla’s life by visiting the restaurant everyday. While Matthias is convinced that Kayla had more to do with the murder than she admits, he is drawn to her and he can see that she is scared of something.

 

While Matthias tries to get closer to Kayla, it becomes clear that she is in danger. This isn’t a surprise to Kayla who has been moving when she thinks she has been found, but it convinces Matthias that more is going on than he initially thought. If Kayla was guilty of the murders, why is she in danger? Fortunately, Matthias has the resources to help figure out what is happening - and to unravel the truth behind his brother’s murder.

 

Speaking of the brother, Matthias never even knew his deceased brother. His mother (who is AWFUL) abandoned Matthias, had another son and then years later reconnected with Matthias.  I a bit wanted to shake Matthias for letting his mother get to him. She is a very evil woman who weighs Matthias down - and caused Matthias to doubt Kayla because of a brother he never even met. Kayla, on the other hand, had way more interaction with the brother when she was in college. Fortunately, Matthias does see the light . . . but he is a bit slow because of his misplaced sense of loyalty to his mother.

 

I loved many things about The Enforcer: Matthias and Kayla’s romance, the intriguing suspense plot and Matthias’ relationship with Garrett (and Levi Wren too who was the hero of the first book in the series, The Fixer). One of my favorite parts of HelenKay Dimon’s books is the way the way Dimon writes male characters and their male friends. They so very often have hilarious banter and fun relationships. In this one, Matthias’ friendship with Garrett is a standout.

 

Matthias is a bit of a lone wolf; he is an enforcer who prefers to work alone. But he has working relationships with both Garrett and Wren (Garrett works for Wren and has been told to keep watch over Matthias). Garrett takes great pleasure in watching Matthias flounder around as he falls in love with Kayla. Matthias isn’t a ladies man and he doesn’t really have any idea how to handle his growing feelings for the waitress. Garrett can’t help but poke his nose into the budding relationship, even as he is there to watch Matthias’ back. I adore Garrett so much and so desperately want him to get his own HEA.

 

As for Matthias and Kayla, they have a fantastic relationship. Kayla is a strong woman who has been taking care of herself for a long time. She doesn’t trust easily and has a hard time letting Matthias in. But Matthias is tough to resist, mostly because he is helpless in face of his love for Kayla. The way he simply blurts out his “I love you” to Kayla near the end of the book is one of my favorite parts of the story. Matthias is a wonderfully endearing hero who I simply wanted to hug on multiple occasions.

 

HelenKay Dimon’s The Enforcer is an intense romantic suspense novel with such heart (mostly because of Matthias). The suspense plot is a bit gruesome early on (based upon a rather bloody and horrifying murder), but the mystery surrounding the grisly murder kept me guessing and surprised me quite a bit. There is more going on that I expected. The romance is fantastic, and Matthias is a superbly grumbly and clueless (about love) hero. The Enforcer is a gripping romantic suspense story. I don’t think readers will be lost if they start the series with The Enforcer, but I recommend starting with The Fixer. These stories are worth the read.

 

HelenKay Dimon: https://helenkaydimon.com/

 

Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the publisher via edelweiss.

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