Phoenix, Inc. #1: No Boundaries

Author: S.E. Jakes

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Release Date: November 4, 2014

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: EBOOK

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Cole Jacobs is a mechanic who mostly minds his own business since moving into town six months ago. Lay low and don't make waves, so he is shaken up when he is "thrown" a message by a customer referencing his past, a past he would rather bury far, far away. When Styx, a PI and one of Coles' oldest customers, sees Cole shaken up, he offers to help him with no strings attached. Styx recognizes Cole's type because he's been where Cole was years ago. He knows that Cole needs help and he has just the man for the job. Marcus is an ex-CIA operative who has a knack of ferreting out the truth. When he meets Cole, there is an attraction brewing but he can't help but think that Cole is hiding something and that omission could spell danger. As these two butt heads, Cole's stalker continues to escalate and hide in plain sight. Will the team find him before it's too late or will he find a new victim to toy with besides Cole?

NO BOUNDARIES is the latest spin-off of the MEN OF HONOR series. The Phoenix Inc. agency is the PI agency set up by Styx, Paulo and Law who are the secondary characters in the novella but the main characters are definitely Cole and Marcus. Cole is a young man with a lot of secrets just trying to live his life. He is shaken up when he gets a note that brings him back to his escorting days which he thought was buried in the past. When Styx offers Marcus' assistance, Cole cautiously accepts but it quickly turns to anger since both men are clouded by their pasts with Cole from his escorting days and Marcus with his "rich boy" issues. Only Styx and Law seem to understand Cole but its Marcus who needs to push through Cole's barriers if they want to find the stalker. It takes a close encounter with his stalker before a breakthrough is made but the intensity is never a letdown until the very end of the story. Cole and Marcus's relationship remains in limbo up until the very end that I wasn't quite sure if they could make it through all of Marcus' quirks. He can be pigheaded. I loved that I got to see Styx, Law and Paulo again and see that their lives still had ups and downs. Overall, NO BOUNDARIES is a good start and I will be interested to see where Ms. Jakes will take the PHOENIX, INC. series in future books.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Ann

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