Synopsis from Goodreads
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author K. Bromberg comes a new story in her Everyday Heroes series…
Control is something Desi Whitman abhors. Why live life in black and white perfection when you can messily color outside the lines?
But when she comes face to face with SWAT officer Reznor Mayne, he’s about to show her just how good control can feel.
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Control gives Desi her own story. Desi is Emerson’s best friend from Cuffed, although I liked Desi I did find her hard to relate to. While Desi truly believes in love and happily ever after, she just doesn’t believe in it for herself; keeping everyone at a distance and convincing herself she is content with short hook-ups where there is no danger of feelings getting involved. Her viewpoint made her a bit of a puzzle for me; it was only when bits of her background was revealed did I begin to understand some of her issues.
Terrifyingly, Desi has an encounter that tilted her world off her access and left her afraid and vulnerable, although pride prevents her from relying on her friends for the support she truly needs. I honestly cannot or would not want to imagine just how terrified I would be in Desi’s position, especially living on her own, although she does have the most adorable fur companions.
Reznor has a highly stressful job in SWAT, although he thrives on the adrenaline rush, the bad days weigh heavily on his mind. Ordered to take a vacation, Rezner finds himself teaching self-defence classes in Sunnyville – home of Emerson and Desi along with Emerson’s husband, Grant.
The world being the tiny place it is, ensures Desi and Reznor are placed in close proximity at all time 😉 the sparks between the pair are terrifying to Desi as she doesn’t know how to handle the intensity that brews between them.
Regaining her confidence is one of the things that draws Rezner to Desi, both believing they can handle the emotional connection they feel as they have a finite timeframe to work within. That being when Reznor returns to his position in SWAT.
I loved Reznor in all his alpha male protective glory, although he does have a tendency for a bluntness that can appear callous at times. Reznor was the perfect partner to all things Desi and complimented her brilliantly allowing her to gain her courage and determination by pushing her boundaries.
I have to be honest and say I did find parts of the story anti-climatic (I had a great twist at the back of my mind that didn’t come to fruition) however, I will say it is the nature of novellas to be a little (Pun not intended, lol) short 😂
One of my favourite things about Control was getting to see Emerson and Grant 😍