Yeah, ex-Army Ranger and Taylor Securities operative Billy Tripp screwed up. So instead of being assigned to a dangerous international mission, he's sent to babysit a pricey necklace at a trendy South Beach hotel. The only bright side to the assignment is working with the manager, smoking-hot hotel heiress Kristen Dante.
Kristen's worked hard to build her father's Miami hotel into a jet-set destination. She's confident in business but not so much with men. What could a sexy guy like Billy want with her when he could have someone like her beautiful, party-girl sister?
There's a reason Billy's known as Mr. Relentless. He doesn't give up. Not on a job, or on the woman he wants. So when three luxury cars go missing from the hotel's lot, Billy sets out to find the thief. Suddenly, he has a case with the risks he thrives on. But when his investigation leads to Kristen being threatened, the real danger is losing his heart.
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Billy Tripp nudged the nine-millimeter holstered under his suit jacket and decided this might be as good a time as any to meet his maker.
All he needed to do was slide that baby out, prop it under his chin andbangthe misery would be over.
After all the death defying experiences he'd had, killing himself in a hotel ballroom would be sub-par. Supremely sub-par.
Plus, he'd be dead.
"Cheer up, jagweed," Monk said, slapping him on the back.
"Why?" Billy glanced around the massive room at the sea of men and women dressed in sharp tuxedos and sexy, low cut gowns. As ballrooms went, Dante's ranked in the top ten. Funky red walls and icicle chandeliers gave it a more contemporary feel, but it was still a ballroom. And he'd seen plenty of them.
"It could be worse. This job is almost complete."
Billy scanned his immediate surroundings. "Yeah, but, dude, I'm guarding a necklace. There's not even a body attached to it."
Monk grinned. "You shouldn't have let your passport expire."
"First of all, I didn't let my passport expire. It just happened. An accident."
"You fucked up. Admit it." And then Monk started humming.
Humming? Really? Of course Monk was in a good mood. He'd just returned from overseas where he played with guns and blew crap up. Billy had been scheduled to take the next two-month shift, but got caught up in this expired passport mess.
How had he, an ex-Army ranger working for one of the country's most elite private security firms, forgotten to renew his fufudging passport?
And why the hell had he picked this month to promise his mother he would stop swearing? She'd asked him to do it and deserved his attention to the matter, that's why.
Even if it was slowly destroying him.
A woman in her fifties wearing a monster low-cut black gownthat thing has no business on her bodywandered to the table and locked in on him. Cripes.
"Fabulous, isn't it?" she asked.
He glanced at Monk, who rolled his eyes and stepped away to check his phone. "It is." Billy kept his focus on the room and any potential bad guys. The woman pressed a note into his hand. Great. Another one slipping him her number.
Ceasing conversation, he waited until the woman left and tucked the paper in his pocket with the other two. He'd get rid of them later. This routine, like most things, had lost its novelty long ago. Wasn't that a travesty? Early on, he'd enjoyed the steady stream of attention that accompanied women throwing themselves at him. He was a guy. And guys liked to get laid. Pretty simple.
Except it got old. The strange women. The crazy, strange women who parked themselves on his doorstep or called him night and day. Hell, he never misled anyone about his intentions. He always told them what it was.
"That was Vic." Monk grinned. "He said to say hi."
Not biting, Billy kept his gaze on the packed room. "Fufudge off. I could have had a new passport in a day or two, but Vic wanted to break my balls."
"He's teaching you a lesson. Next time, you won't forget. Besides, we've been in a lot worse places than a fundraiser in South Beach. In December."
Monk might as well take another hit off the crack pipe because he wasn't getting it. "Every time I turn around, Vic is hauling me into his office. And he had to bring up that little infraction when you beat the crap out of me last summer. Christ sakes, you nearly kill me and I get in trouble? All because I was ragging on you?"
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## Wow. This was a terrific read. I picked this up after reading Monk's story which I loved. I am so happy I did. I have read an anormous amout of books, yet I've never read something so funny and witty as these two books. Incredible. And the hero Billy was 'humina, humina' hot. Jeez, I adored him and his lack of filter. My only problem was the heroine's weight issue. I know if was meant to be the major conflict, but it was just beat to death. Other than that.....loved it. A must read.
A.Giordano has kept me enthralled with the stories written I highly recommend the books.
As with all the Private Protector books, Relentless Pursuit includes an attractive and daring hero, an intelligent and strong heroine, witty banter and lots of suspense. In this release, Billy Tripp is sent to Miami to guard a necklace as punishment. What he didn’t expect was to find love in Kristen Dante, the hotel manager. Billy and Kristen are not a likely couple at all. Billy is someone who has a difficult time not saying every thought that pops into his head or acting on an instinct. Kristen is a calm, cool, business woman trying to run her hotel. Easily distracted and resistant to the rush he gets in the face of danger, Billy starts to investigate a car theft ring involving the Dante Hotel. During this time Billy and Kristen get to know each other. She is the first woman that does not fall for his charm alone and is quick to point out when he needs to filter his thoughts. She has her own self acceptance issues to overcome, which Billy’s lack of filter sometimes helps. I found myself laughing at Billy as well as shaking my head knowing he would be getting in trouble because he couldn’t quite help himself. It was great fun to watch this adventure of a relationship! I really like how Adrienne developed the hero and heroine of this book. They are unlike many I have read about lately and they each have true self confidence issues that many of us can relate to. Either we know someone that feels the way they do, or we feel the same way they might. Of course, as a woman I really felt for Kristen during times in this book. One scene brought tears to my eyes. It was so awesome to watch how Billy helped Kristen with her own self acceptance. It made you love him even more. Some of the best parts of the book for me included the words that Billy had to come up with in place of swear words. He promised his mom he would stop swearing and it was a hoot to watch during the whole book. I found the the ring tone songs were hilarious - especially when he was getting caught with some of them. I enjoyed Peter and Izzy’s appearance in this book, too, as it is always nice to see how a couple from a previous story is doing. And of course, what is a Private Protectors book without Vic yelling at someone? In the end it was a kind of cute to see the rare exchange between Vic and Billy. All the Private Protector’s books are such fun to read. This one was a little lighter in terms of the overall tone of the book compared to the others and it worked perfectly to Billy’s personality. I highly recommend this book (as well as the others in the series). Adrienne Giordano is an author in which I will automatically buy any of her future books even before reading the summary since I have enjoyed all of her books so much.