There’s no resisting a desire like this…
MMA fighter Miles Dartman’s casual arrangement with personal shopper Maxi Nevar would be many men’s fantasy. She seeks him out, they have mindblowing sex, she leaves. Rinse, repeat. Yet lately, Miles wants more. And when Maxi requests his services via the Body Armor security agency, he’s ready to finally break through her defenses—and protect her day and night.
Receiving a large inheritance has brought chaos and uncertainty into Maxi’s life. Her ex has resurfaced, along with lots of former “friends,” and someone is making mysterious threats. Then there’s Miles, who doesn’t ask for anything…except her trust. Pleasure is easy. Now Maxi has to give her heart as well as her body…or risk losing a man who could be everything she needs.
This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Close Contact will keep you on your toes with the suspense, and titillated with the overwhelming chemistry between the former MMA fighter-turned-bodyguard and the girl who walked away but came back to hire him.
Since inheriting her grandmother’s house and land, Maxi Nevar has her hands full of responsibilities and drama, and now that a scary and mysterious incident in the land that has her waking up outside her house, on the ground with no memory of what happened, she turns to the one person she never thought she’d see again.
Former MMA fighter turned bodyguard Miles Dartman thought he found a connection with Maxi…until she bailed on him and practically ghosted him. In the three hot and intense encounters he had with Maxi, he felt a connection and thought she did, too, but he thought wrong. So, it’s a complete surprise to him that two months later after they last saw each other, she’s at his workplace and wants to hire him as her bodyguard.
After hearing what happened to her, Miles knew he’d take the job—and as if his boss Sahara would give him a choice anyway—and see this as a chance to clear the air with Maxi, maybe even get their second chance. But his main priority is to help her and find out who’s been antagonizing her.
I suggest reading the first two standalone novels in the series before starting Close Contact, because I think we’ll see the beginning of Miles and Maxi’s story there—how they met the first time. I would have wanted to see that in this book because their first interaction here in the book is set two months after their three one night stands. I felt like I missed a few pages in when I started reading this book, to be honest.
Because of what I’ve mentioned above, it took me a while to get into the story. But it didn’t take long for me to be swept up by the suspense and the couple’s sizzling chemistry. The author gave us bits and pieces to hang on to and make our guesses on who the culprit is, and I’m so happy it took me a while to get a hunch. And the connection between Miles and Maxi was so palpable throughout the story, I couldn’t look away.
It also helped that we got to see the two heroes and their significant others who starred in the previous books in the series—and I just read from others’ reviews that some of the side characters came from a previous series too—and their exposure made me want to read about them even more.
I loved the dynamic between Miles and the former MMA fighters now working at Body Armor agency. The strong bond between them was obvious, and I loved that they welcomed Maxi so easily into their circle. It was also great to see their respect and care for their boss, Sahara. I’m already excited to read her book!
I liked that the story was told in third POV, so not only can we see Miles’ and Maxi’s perspectives, we can also see hints of the suspect’s thoughts. Although I have to admit there were times the narrative was confusing because it jumped from Miles to Maxi’s point of view out of nowhere.
This is my first Lori Foster read, but I’m sure it won’t be the last! I’m definitely reading the other books in this series.
If you love reading about strong hot men (MMA fighters, bodyguards, yum!) and strong independent women, and enjoy some suspense mixed in your romance, you’ll enjoy reading Close Contact.
Tropes: One Night Stand, Bodyguard, Small Town
POV: Third Person, Dual POV