Negotiating Point

Negotiating Point

by Adrienne Giordano


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Gavin Sheppard can talk his way out of any situation. It’s what makes him Taylor Security’s top hostage negotiator. But he’s never had a case this complicated, or with so much at stake. The victim? His boss’s pregnant wife. The CEO won’t risk his family by calling the cops, so Gavin’s on his own. He’ll take all the help he can get, even from the agency's smart, sexy tech expert.

Janet Fink codes and hacks better than the big boys. Still, as the lone woman on a team driven by testosterone, she knows nothing ruins careers faster than getting personal. And she’s already been too close to Gavin for comfort. Their last team-up ended in a mind-blowing kiss. One that can never happen again…and that she can’t forget.

As the kidnappers’ demands grow, so does the heat between Gavin and Janet. They must put their skills to the test—and push aside their feelings—for a chance at success in a dangerous rescue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948075466
Publisher: Steele Ridge, LLC
Publication date: 02/21/2020
Series: Private Protectors , #3
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

Adrienne Giordano is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her ultimate supporter of a husband, sports-obsessed son and Elliot, a snuggle-happy rescue. Having grown up near the ocean, Adrienne enjoys paddleboarding, a nice float in a kayak and lounging on the beach with a good book.

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Customer Reviews

Negotiating Point 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
beckyb0416 3 months ago
If there’s one thing this author does exceptionally well, it’s humor. Janet exemplified all that Adrienne Giordano is capable of in a character who you can easily connect with on both an emotional and personal level. Negotiating Point, the third book in the revamped Private Security series, is a quick, tension filled ride, that’ll have you wrapped up in what’s happening right around the next corner. Gavin and Janet’s interactions cover the emotional gambit of intense desire to humorous banter and whip smart repartee. Throw in Vic’s alpha dog mentality in conjunction with Gavin’s “head shrinker” ON switch and there is never a dull moment to be had with all these multi-dimensional personalities flying wildly throughout the story. I can promise you, you will go from holding your breath during a tension filled moment to laughing your head off at Janet’s self deprecating thought process. This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the author. I am voluntarily providing my honest review.
green____ 3 months ago
Can He Save His Boss' Wife? Loving this series! Negotiating Point is a page turning read with a wonderful balance of drama, suspense and romance! I am really enjoying these characters! Gavin and Janet are such likable characters... Enjoyed the banter between everyone! The story pulled me in and the ending made me smile! Can not wait to see who the next story is about!
mardawnthom 3 months ago
I love Adrienne Giordano as an author. She always has amazing stories, character interactions and POV changes flow well and the complexities of the story and relatability are well developed. I believe Negotiating Point is the first time I'm let down a little with the story itself. I felt that it was shorter than the first two books in the series, but that could be because the story's timeline was less than a day, and I think that is where all my disappointments come from It's hard to get relatable character depth and development in such a short time frame, I felt like I was missing out on the characters. The concept and the writing are well done though, and everything in a good story is covered. You have your kidnappers, hot heads with guns, leave headed hostage negotiator, small geeky girl with a big mans spine and sexual tension. The writing itself is wonderful, POV changes seamless and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
beckymmoe 3 months ago
I couldn't put this one down! I'm actually glad that this one was a novella--I'm not sure I could have taken the stress of Roxann's kidnapping if it had gone on for a full-length novel--not to mention, the chemistry between Gavin and Janet? Needed an outlet ASAP ;) As coworkers, the short time frame makes sense for their relationship, too--they've been on a slow burn for quite some time already, and shared a memorable kiss just a few weeks before. Honestly, it's a miracle they wait as long as they do before they take things a step further... (Which okay, did happen during an active hostage negotiation. But it actually *mostly* worked here, honest!) Negotiating Point could work as a standalone, but would be appreciated more by readers who have read the first two books in the series ( Risking Trust , book one, and Man Law , book two)--you'll be even more anxious for Roxann's safety having read her book, and will appreciate the Gavin/Vic dynamic if you've seen Vic in at least one book already :) There's a teaser for book 4 at the end--all I can say is, bring it on! Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
RachaelBrown 3 months ago
I really enjoyed Negotiating Point and was entertained by the power struggle between Gavin and Vic. I love the characters in this series and didn't want Gavin and Janet's story to end. I look forward to the next book in the series. I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary Advance Reader Copy.
JuliaAD 3 months ago
A quick read full of suspense. Gavin has been with the company for about 6 months after years in the FBI. When Michael's wife is kidnapped, Gavin faces off with Vic on how to handle the situation. He thinks he can get her out by negotiating and Vic thinks he just needs to go in with guns blazing. Janet and Gavin shared an amazing kiss a few weeks before and now they are working to defuse the hostage situation and they are growing closer. When Gavin decides to go in and talk to the kidnappers instead of waiting for Vic to storm the place, Janet isn't sure he will come out alive.
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A jeweled plate of cookies and a crystal glass of milk is on the nightstand
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I loved Peter's story and I loved Billy's story. But this one was just OK. I didn't feel any chemistry between the two leads. The character development just wasn't there. Can't really recommend this one.
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"Nah. Bianca's his sister." ^_^
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SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: ah, I loved this story. It takes place over a single day, but Janet and Gavin have been working together for months while fighting their mutual attraction. When one of their own is kidnapped and put in a life or death situation, it brings to light the fragility of life. Suddenly for both Gavin and Janet, they realize that all those chances may just not be there tomorrow. Janet is a computer geek. Gavin is a hostage negotiator and head-shrinker. In a romantic suspense, these are not your likely hero and heroine, but it works. Janet is nerdy and knows it. Gavin isn't bad (in fact, Janet thinks he's pretty sexy), but in an office full of serious alpha males, he does tend to fade a bit. I really liked both these characters. They both know it's a really bad idea for them to get involved. Gavin is an executive. Janet doesn't want to be "that girl", but when things get crazy at their stakeout, so do their out-of-control hormones. It's all kinds of sexy fun! I've loved this entire series and it was fabulous to get to read this little short and revisit many of the characters from the previous books. You all know I have an issue remembering details about books over time because I read so many. This is a series that I never have that issue that should tell you something. These books stick with me!
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This is a good series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has read the other books in the Private Protectors series will enjoy this one as well. The only complaint I had was that it was a novella and not a full book like the others since I wanted the story to continue on! :) Gavin is new to Taylor Security and is pulled in using his hostage negotiation skills to try and release Michael's wife Roxann who was kidnapped. Other members of the team such as Vic, Janet, Peter, Billy, also help but it is really Gavin's job to do what he can before Vic sends his tactical team in. Janet Fink, the technical/electronic expert on Vic’s team is also brought in to get information for Gavin as needed. As if the pressure of Michael’s wife being held hostage isn’t emotional enough, Gavin and Vic each think they know the best way to run the show. Janet has feelings for Gavin (which started about 3 weeks before this situation) and Vic is her boss so she tries to help both sides. This continues on during the story. I enjoy Adrienne’s writing and the little comments that her characters “think” but don’t say. I think it is those comments/thoughts that make her characters have depth and seem real even in such a short story. One of the things I really liked in the book was Janet’s fun and quirky personality, which Gavin appreciates, too! Another thing about Janet that I like is that while she is just a petite little in thing in size she can “slap” Vic around when she needs to and he’ll listen for the most part (I think he has learned that he needs to listen to those women like his wife who are small but mighty). Gavin was a nice change too in that he wasn’t a typical alpha male who wanted to go in kick butt and ask questions later. He certainly put himself in charge but in a more subtle way than the others. I love this series and learning more about the Taylor Security team through this novella was fun! This is a very quick read and you will fall in love with Gavin and Janet in the process.