Ewan Donahue has made a lot of mistakes, but making Nina Bronson want to leave him has been the worst. With the initial threats on his life out of the way, he doesn’t really need her protection, but hiring her to take care of him again is the only way to get her back in his life. When Nina shows up ready to work —and nothing else — Ewan’s determined to win her back. If he can break through the walls his earlier betrayal built, maybe they can have another shot at love. When it turns out that this time, it’s Nina who’s being targeted for danger and possibly death, Ewan’s the one who has to keep her safe.
*Thank you to the publisher, Swerve, and NetGalley for providing a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.
The second book of the sci-fi romance The Protector series, Wicked Attraction started where Dangerous Promise left off and acontinuation of Nina and Ewan’s story. Nina Bronson was a soldier who’s now working as a personal bodyguard to the rich and famous. She’s not your usual bodyguard. Once upon a time, an internal technology saved her life and in turn enhanced her abilities. She became a super soldier along with other 15 soldiers. But the tech has long been banned and now, like any other tech, they needed an upgrade. Because the enhanced are slowly dying. Ewan Donahue may be the only person that can help them. But Nina wasn’t sure if she can forgive his betrayal. Ewan is determined to get back on Nina’s good graces, so he hired her again even if there’s no more threat in his life. He’ll do everything to have Nina back in his life, even lobby on getting an upgrade for the enhanced where he once was against of. When what seemed to be an attack on Ewan started happening again, Nina stepped up once again to protect him. But the tech is starting to fail Nina. And when it turns out that Nina is the real target of the attacks, it is now in Ewan’s hand to save her. Both from the attacks and the tech that is slowly killing her.
I liked the first book enough of this series to have a go at the second book, plus it’s a Megan Hart novel. Known for her erotic romances mixed in with drama, this sci-fi romance is definitely different from her usual books. But, of course, there are hot and steamy scenes to be expected. Just like the first, we get to follow the story with Ewan and Nina’s alternating points of view. While I find them likeable enough at the start of the series, here, they mostly came off whiny and indecisive which makes them slightly annoying. The first third of this second installment was focused on rebuilding the couple’s complicated relationship. The aspect in which Nina’s tech is deteriorating is very interesting as, at that point, the once strong and capable Nina has to let others worry about her. And because of that, there is not a lot of action and excitement.
There’s a bit more world-building than the first book, but not enough to satiate my curiosity. It is a fascinating world and I really would love to know more about it and I wish it was explored further. I like how we get to know both characters a little deeper as their past was finally unraveled. I also appreciate knowing some other enhanced in the story but also disappointed that their stories end with Ewan and Nina.
I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did Dangerous Promise, though. The start is painfully slow and dragging, I even had to abandon this a few times as I didn’t feel invested with the couple’s story this time. It doesn’t help that the villain is so obvious right from the very start and not one, not even Nina, suspected anything. And just like the first time, we are left with a cliffhanger ending that made you want to read the third book to find out what happened. As for me, I am very much curious how things will end but I am not that keen to read it right away. Interesting plot but it didn’t quite deliver what I expected of a Megan Hart novel.