Personal Assistance

Personal Assistance

by Louise Rose-Innes


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Personal Assistance by Louise Rose-Innes

Her life is in the hands of a man she can't trust...

Trapped in a country in the midst of a rebellion, Hannah Evans is on the run for her life. Her only hope of escape is to join forces with disgraced Special Forces operative Tom Wilde, who is overseeing the extraction of all British nationals from the embassy. It's a form of punishment for his last failed mission, from which neither his body, nor his mind, has fully recovered. When he meets Hannah, he sees an opportunity to redeem himself. The information she holds is important enough to end the civil war-all he needs to do is get her out of the war-ridden country alive and back to Britain.

The sexual attraction between them is too intense to ignore, but Hannah knows the career-soldier has a hidden agenda. Can she trust him to lead her to safety, or will he sacrifice her in his bid for redemption?

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ISBN-13: 9781502585592
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/18/2014
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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Personal Assistance 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SunMtnReviews More than 1 year ago
Personal Assistance appealed to me because of its volatile Middle East setting: an Arab nation on the brink of civil war and the book description’s promise of action, danger and romance. The author does not disappoint in regards to the book’s vivid descriptions of this place, its customs, and the barrage of dangers Hannah and Tom face in their endeavors to escape Prince Hakeem’s clutches. Because Hannah has inadvertently discovered secret intelligence that may prove vital in swaying the outcome of this war, she and Tom must work together to relay this Intel and get back to the safety of Britain. Time is of the essence and, overall, the author keeps the story moving at an effective pace so my interest never waned.  The relationship between Tom and Hannah is tenuous at best when they meet. Both are desperate and united by their mutual need for each other’s help. Tom is a member of SAS, Britain’s elite Special Forces, and he has the training and expertise to keep Hannah safe and get her out of the country. Moreover, Tom has a vested interest in helping Hannah because she’s his ticket back into his commander’s good graces and his means of proving his competence in the field. After Tom’s last mission went awry, he was pulled from active duty, but if he can deliver the information Hannah has back to his CO, his actions may go a long way in restoring his reputation. In the beginning, Tom and Hannah are wary of each other’s motives, and the elements of trust and fear of betrayal are primary themes that consistently arise as the story progresses.  However, there are some aspects of the book that proved problematic for me. First of all the intensity of this couple’s romance is too much, too soon, and their HEA is too fast for me to truly believe. Are they infatuated with each other? Definitely. But true love? No.  Second, the resolution of the climax seems rushed. Throughout the book, the author is descriptive and detailed until the end, when her narration shifts into a “telling” rather than “showing” mode.  Furthermore, although I expected the villains in the book to be flat two-dimensional characters, I had hoped the hero and heroine would be more dynamic and well-rounded than they are actually depicted.  Readers get enough of both Tom’s and Hannah’s backstories to help understand how both ended up in the Middle East, but, for me, their circumstances seemed somewhat contrived. I just didn’t feel a strong connection to either of them, as if they were real people I might meet. I do, however, appreciate the dominant traits that define Hannah as spirited and determined while the quiet, reserved Tom is a man of courage and honor.  Source: I received an ARC ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars - This was a quick, enjoyable read that had me caught up in the story right from the beginning. There was lots of action going on and both Tom and Hannah find themselves fighting a strong attraction to each other – which Tom is adamant about ignoring since he knows firsthand that letting emotions into his mission can only end up with the people around him dying. Hannah is completely taken off-guard by her strong reaction to Tom – especially when she keeps having stray thoughts about him during some pretty intense moments. ******** “Are you okay?” he asked a few seconds later, shifting his weight off her. His eyes roamed over her, looking for injuries. She sat up. “I think so.” She was trembling, partly from the shock of the explosion, and partly because Tom’s body had felt so good on top of hers. She laughed, embarrassed. How odd that she’d thought of that after a near-death experience. ******** I loved the uniqueness of the setting and backdrop of this story. I haven’t read a lot of stories with a British Special Forces hero and the small Arab island nation in the midst of a civil war as a setting gave the story a fresh feel. My only complaint would be that I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the tension between Hannah and Tom as they struggled to fight their attraction while trying to stay alive. I loved the action and the suspense, but I would have liked to have seen some more buildup of emotion between the two as a lead up to the ending. Definitely a good read that will keep you turning the pages to the end. I was given a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
Hannah is a Britain citizen who accepts a job working for the Prince Hakeem of the Arab island nation of Syman. She also speaks their language and has a photogenic memory. She was thrilled with the job, until she comes across a document she wasn't meant to see. She tries to make it to the British embassy to take refuge, but she is to late. There are hit men after her when she meets Tom who is a British SAS running from his past mission mistake. Tom begrudgingly helps Hannah escape and they have a lot of difficulty making their way out of the city and back to Britain. This was a thrilling book well written. I enjoyed reading it and would be looking for more from this author. I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Hannah Evans thought that she had the perfect job. She worked for Prince Hakeem in the Arab nation of Syman, but once she saw a secret document that changed. Now she is running for her life through a hostile country. She is hunted by men who want her dead. Her savior is SAS officer, Tom Wilde, who is stationed at the British Embassy to recover from a mission gone wrong. Can these two save each other? The suspense is intense and gives a realistic portrayal of the horrors of war. I felt as if I was surrounded by pain and suffering. Hannah is a fascinating character who learns to be strong as she faces death. Tom learns to love as he protects Hannah from those who are hunting her. They are a great couple. This is a very powerful story that I enjoyed very much. What a different look at a desert paradise.
ladytom More than 1 year ago
*I was given an ARC of Personal Assistance from Entangled for an honest review* Honestly, this one didn't grab me quite like some of the other adventure romances I've read of late. It definitely had some interesting elements. I really liked how the main female protagonist was a pretty key player, and important to the story beyond being the object of fantasy. It was fast paced and adventurous. I really wasn't sold on the romance though. Sure it was fun, and if you are an avid romance reader you will be sure to like it. Love it even. I just didn't feel any depth of character or any development in there. I certainly thought the characters were interesting. Just not deep. Things you will like about this: strong female protagonist, sexy military lingo, adventure-nonstop, suspense, plot-twists.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
This book is much more action than romance. The story is set in the fictional Arab country of Syman. Our Heroine, Hannah is a British personal assistant to the Prince Regent. She has a photographic memory and mistakenly sees some papers she should. At the same time, the country falls into civil war, and Hannah is forced to flee for her life. After being turned away at the British embassy she meets Tom, a special forces soldier. Tom repeatedly saves her life as they traverse the desert and sea for their freedom.  I agree with other reviews that Hannah is frustratingly dense and often does the opposite of  what she is told to do by Tom. If you like more action than romance, this is the book for you!  I was given a free copy for an honest review. 
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3 - "It's what I do." Stars. Personal Assistance is the first book I have read by Louis-Rose Innes, and for the most part it was pretty enjoyable. The first BIG plus for me was that Hannah and Tom were British, and Tom is in the SAS! It was nice to get a British serviceman in the flood of SEALs that we usually get(SEALs are still hot too though!). This book also in a way offers a fictional interlude that very much highlights some of the major issues that are going on in the world today as well. Not too heavily and this is a work of pure fiction, but I felt the undertones in the political unrest in Syman, and the civil war Hannah and Tom find themselves unwittingly pulled into. This book I would class more action/adventure with a little romance thrown in, rather than out-and-out romance. It does happen here and there but it isn't a main part of the story until the last paragraph really. "Would you rather I lie to you and told you it was all going to be fine?" The only problem I really had with this book was Hannah, naive and innocent come close, but do not really convey her actions/reactions accurately. It is safe to assume that somewhere along the way she has either walked head-first into the dumb-ass tree, or been hit repeatedly with a stupid stick. It did get a little frustrating at times reading her continual denial of Tom's assessments of the seriousness of the situation, couple that with the fact she pretty much went against every request he made of her when it came to staying safe, I really struggled to warm to her. I would still read another book by this author though, my dislike for the heroine aside, I really liked the fast paced writing style, the originality of the story and the sexy times (when they appeared) were well written. I loved Tom's diversionary use for kissing as well. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
BAB56 More than 1 year ago
Louise Rose-Innes’ Personal Assistance is set in the Arab nation of Syman. Hannah Evans is the personal assistant to Prince Hakeem. She is a British citizen. Her grandfather is Symanian, and he taught her the language. Quite by accident she reads a confidential report that the country is about to go have a civil war, and it lists the safe houses the Royals should go to. If they knew that Hannah had read the document, she would be killed. Hannah knows she needs to get out of the country. She is not to leave the compound without an escort, but she has befriended one of the guards and she tells him she forgot to deliver something important and she will be right back. He allows her to leave without an escort. As she is heading to the British Embassy, the siren goes off. Hannah knows they will be looking for her. An Arab woman beckons Hannah into her clothing stall. Hannah gives her money for the Arab clothing so she can blend in. When she gets to the British Embassy, she finds a soldier guarding the place because everyone has been evacuated. She tells him she needs help, and that if she is caught she will be hanged for treason. He decides to assist her. His name is Tom Wilde with the British Elite Special Forces. Their journey is dangerous with the civil war raging around them, and sandstorms. Tom meets up with a rebel leader he knows, who helps them as much as he can. When they think they have finally made it to the coast, Hannah is kidnapped. Tom comes to the rescue. There is so much more to this story – lots of action. Received copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.