Series: The Intelligence Unit #5
Release Date: October 18th, 2022
CW: past—drug addiction, sexual assault, parental abandonment, character with depression; on page—threats, blackmail, gun violence, fraud, money laundering
When Detective Liam Hollister is assigned to an assault-turned-murder, he brings his signature three “C”s: control, calm, and composure. The “C” he wasn’t counting on? His partner’s informant, Carmen Desoto, who’s not only the key to unlocking his case.
The sexy, sharp-tongued nurse is the only person who’s ever gotten under Liam’s skin. Driven him crazy.
Made him want the one thing he can’t have.
And now they have to go undercover together to catch a killer.
Liam knows he must keep Carmen at a distance, no matter how hard it is to resist. But when the scheme they uncover puts them directly in danger, distance isn’t an option.
They’ll have to fight together if they want to make it out alive.
If you asked me who I trust to write gripping romantic suspense and keep me hooked from the get go, I would definitely say Kimberly Kincaid. I may not have read all of her books (or a lot, to be very honest), but the ones I have read have captivated me completely. And I am completely and wholly obsessed with the Intelligence Unit. This group of characters have gone through so much, found love in the craziest of places and continued to fight the good fight. How do you not love them? And I also like how each of Kimberly’s books has a connection to one of her other series. I will eventually get around to reading them all, just you wait.
In The Saint, you’ll find:
✨ intense suspense
✨ a second chance, of sorts
✨ frustrated idiots to lovers
✨ an amazing group of friends/co-workers
✨ a badass, sassy, feisty, hardworking heroine
✨ a charming, determined and sexy hero
✨ sexual chemistry and tension
✨ fantastic frustrated banter
✨ and one hell of a case to solve!
As you can imagine, when it comes to romantic suspenses, how do you write a review without giving everything away? So to keep it brief…Carmen and Liam have history, of the sexual tension variety, and being around each other is both irritating and frustrating in all the best ways. She’s part of a case he’s working and he’s part of the wild thoughts running around in her head, so what do they do? They team up and go undercover as a couple to take down the bad guys and well…actually, that’s not why their relationship changes, but the suspense in this book starts from the first chapter and never lets up!
However, what I can tell you is that Carmen and Liam are so great. Individually, these two characters bring so much to the table. Both of them have gone through so much in their lives and they’ve overcome everything to be where they are. Carmen’s got all this darkness lurking in his past and Liam’s got anger and sadness in his, but they’ve made something of themselves despite all of that and become so much better than their old selves. I loved how they both protected each other, but never got possessive or overbearing. The love is clear from the start, even if they don’t particularly realise it at the beginning. Their frenemies to lovers situation just really won me over in all the best ways.
“Carmen, I’ve wanted you, this badly, for fucking years. So, when I say you have no idea how much I want to kiss you again, I really do mean it.”
And this book is HOT! I don’t remember the other two books I read in the series being this hot, but I’m not complaining. Carmen and Liam have incredible chemistry and of course with feelings and being forced into situations together really brings them closer. But it’s their sexual chemistry that really amplifies their relationship. And the best part, they still find the quiet moments in the middle of all that steamy goodness to connect and become so much more than just two people horny for each other. That’s pretty special, if you ask me.
I can’t wait to go back and read the ones I’ve missed and I really hope this isn’t the final book in the series, because I need more!
Thanks to Grey’s Promotions for generously providing me with an advance copy. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.