Author: Jennifer Griffith
Series: Clean Billionaire Beach Club #16
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: June 28, 2019
He’s a burned spy with one last chance in the field to recover his life and fortune. She’s a divorced teacher on a mission to rediscover her lost self.
Understated billionaire and intelligence operative, Birch Cardon is searching to know who burned him and destroyed his career at the CIA. Another agency, the shady Entity, has offered him a second chance. If he fulfills a series of missions for them, they’ll not only unlock his accounts, they’ll give him his life back.
Or so they say.
Spies never know whom to trust.
With one last mission to fulfill, Birch jumps at the chance to head back to his college town of Getaway Bay to prevent the kidnapping of a diplomat’s daughter. Working undercover at a bakery, he’s going to save the girl and himself in one fell swoop.
High school English teacher and former cheerleader at Birch’s university, Arden Pike is fresh off a bad divorce after her dead marriage finally buried itself. Because her counselor friend encouraged her to head to a place where she remembers being the Real Arden, she returns to Getaway Bay.
However, her choice of old friends to reconnect with is a huge mistake. Her party-gal pal leaves Arden high and dry—with no phone, no ID, and no access to her hotel room. Arden is stranded.
Then, Arden shows up in Birch’s bake shop desperately hoping to meet her missing flaky friend. He can’t believe his eyes. Could the girl of his college-years dreams who dumped him hardcore possibly be his contact for this mission?
When he signed up for this job, what this burned billionaire didn’t know was that his second chance wouldn’t be just at salvaging his career—but at reclaiming love with the girl who got away.
This Getaway Bay book was a little different from others I’ve read since it was all intrigue and danger mixed with the romance.
I liked Arden and Birch and rooted for them to get together. I couldn’t understand Arden’s parents and was annoyed by their loyalties. At least Birch’s parents came off better by the end. Both Arden and Birch are intelligent and industrious. And well matched.
While there is no sex in this book there is a good deal of sexual tension, undertones and admiration of bodies. That part got to be a bit much for me personally. I got that they were attracted to each other and I didn’t need it repeated as much.
I couldn’t predict what was going to happen in this story. There didn’t seem like an obvious way out of their predicaments and some twists along the way so it was interesting to see how it played out.
Sex: some kisses. Sexual undertones
Violence: threatening situations and peril