by Elle Casey
Series: The Bourbon Street Boys #2
Published by Montlake Romance on May 10, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Suspense
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I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
Jenny’s single-parent life revolves around her kids and her job, which means that hours of Animal Planet and strings of computer code are about all she has time for. Not that Jenny’s looking for adventure or romance—she’s the type of woman who believes in playing it safe.
When Jenny is called upon to do some consulting for the Bourbon Street Boys—a New Orleans private security firm—she knows she should stay away. They conduct surveillance on known criminals and put themselves in harm’s way pretty much every day, so No is the obvious answer…Problem is, there’s a guy on the team with a body to die for and a dimple that just won’t quit luring Jenny in, tempting her to throw all caution to the wind.
Will Jenny take the risk or will she do what she’s always done—play it safe and wait for the right time?
Elle Casey is really knocking it out of the park with the Bourbon Street Boys series. Wrong Place, Right Time is book #2. (See my review for book #1 here.) This book hit the right notes with me and solidified this author as one of my new favorites.
The heroine of this story is Jenny, who’s the older sister of May, the heroine from book #1. Jenny is a single mom to three kids and her ex-husband isn’t pulling his weight as far as child support goes. So, Jenny’s really having to do the work of two parents on most days.
Jenny is an engineer at a software firm. She’s super competent at her job, but she works long hours and is worried about making ends meet when her ex’s child support payments frequently bounce. May is now part of the Bourbon Street Boys security firm and offers Jenny the opportunity to do some freelance IT work. Jenny has been hesitant to get involved with BSB because it can be dangerous work at times. But since she’s committed to providing for her family, she agrees to meet with them about a freelance job.
When Jenny shows up at BSB headquarters for their meeting, she finds herself in the wrong place at the right time. There’s an unidentified threat outside the building and she quickly ends up locked in a panic room with Dev, a member of the team.
Dev is seven feet of intimidation mixed with boyish charm. At first, Jenny can’t believe that she’s locked up with this guy. She showed up to discuss a potential job, not be falsely imprisoned. Her attempts to leave fall on deaf ears when it becomes clear that there’s a threat to the team’s safety and Dev’s primary goal is to protect Jenny. After the lockdown is lifted, Jenny doesn’t want anything to do with BSB…until life circumstances force her to change her mind pretty fast.
I loved book #1 so much because it’s an awesome mix of romance, comedy, and suspense. Book #2 has those elements as well, but something I didn’t expect it to have was a huge dose of heart. Jenny is an amazing character. She is truly a badass supermom and I loved seeing her transformation over the course of the story. Everything she does, she does with her family in mind. But beyond this, she really comes into her own as a woman. She goes from being an insecure divorcee who had her heart stomped on, to being a confident, capable woman who speaks her mind and isn’t afraid to fight for what she deserves: namely, happiness and love.
Jenny and Dev have such a sweet relationship. They’re both single parents, so they bond over that shared experience. It’s that common ground that allows them to understand each other on a deeper level. Their relationship builds as a friendship, then progresses into something more. When they finally become a couple, it feels natural and right.
I made this comment about the first book and have the same feeling about this one: while the romance element is well-written, I wish it had been stronger. There are definitely some sweet and sexy moments in this book, but I would have liked Jenny and Dev’s romance to have been more prominent in the plot.
The author is really great at writing an ensemble that feels like a big family. May and Ozzie from the first book make several appearances in this one, as do other supporting characters who I hope will show up again in the next book. In particular, Jenny gave me all the feels. What a great, well-written character. She’s a committed mom who’s determined to find a career that she loves and a relationship with someone special. Speaking of which, Dev is the absolute sweetest and I loved his dynamic with Jenny.
I definitely recommend this book, in addition to the first, and look forward to the next installment in the Bourbon Street Boys series.
Rating: 4 stars