Series: Cipher Security #1
Published by Smartypants Romance on October 15, 2019
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense
Review Copy Provided By: Author
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There are three things you need to know about Shane P.I. 1) P.I. is not her last name, it’s her job title, 2) Her specialty is catching cheaters, and 3) She’s a superhuman – kind of.
Gabriel is a security expert for Cipher Security, and a former UN Peacekeeper with a fierce protective streak that finds its focus on the beautiful P.I.
Their attraction is like an elephant in a room full of breakable things, and figuring out how to trust each other with their hearts, and maybe their lives, is the most fragile thing of all.
'Code of Conduct' is a full-length contemporary romantic suspense, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Cipher Security series, Knitting in the City World, Penny Reid Book Universe.
I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
“Penny Reid opened up her Universe to allow several different authors to publish stories set there, either new stories about characters readers are already familiar with or brand new characters.” https://smartypantsromance.com/faq/
That leads us to ‘Code of Conduct’ where April White crafted a Romantic Suspense about Gabriel and Shane. He works for Cypher Security and she works as a PI. Their lives become intertwined when she’s hired by Denise Quimby to find out if her husband, Dane is cheating on her. Shane quickly finds out the man is a philanderer and discovers he’s been hiding a million dollars from his wife. Dane Quimby and his business are clients of Cypher security, and when $500K goes missing, he gives them the choice of either getting his money back or reimbursing him the 1/2 mil.
The first half of the story felt like it was driven by the slow-moving plot. The second half was so much better, it was character-driven, suspenseful and romantic. But what stood out most to me, and what I appreciated most about this book, were the people who supported Shane along the way. From Sandra (yes, THE Sandra and Alex are in this book!! ❤️) to Gabriel’s mother, Shane received sisterly and motherly advice she’d never known. It was their words and the love of Gabriel, that helped Shane start to patch her wounds and learn to deal with the scars she had.
Code of Conduct is the perfect example of finding blessings in other people’s words. The second half was empowering and uplifting. Filled with words of encouragement that will help erase any doubt and help ease any fear you may be experiencing.