At the Ready
by Sharon Michalove
August 28 - September 22, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Micki Press and JL Martin both have complicated lives, but when they come together, the sparks are undeniable. Micki is trying to make it to the top of one of the most conservative corporate law firms in Chicago. JL is the CEO of WatchDog Inc., a successful security company, and is struggling with his own family complications. When Micki's former lover stalks her, JL steps in to protect her, and the two soon realize their feelings go beyond friendship. But with their complicated pasts and the struggles of the corporate world, are they ready to take the next step, or will the twists and turns have them singing the Chicago blues?
If you enjoy a story of complicated love and corporate ambition, you'll love At the Ready. If you enjoy fast-paced action, romance, and a dash of karaoke, you'll fall for At the Ready.
This is the third novel in a series and would be best appreciated if the previous novels were read first. As with the previous novels, most of it consists of character interaction and relationship development. While the previous novels centered on Max and Cress, this one revolves around the developing relationship between JL and Micki. A little of the time frame parallels the novel before this one but the action is seen from different viewpoints.
There is a little bit of suspense here and there as an ex is stalking Micki and periodically actually does something instead of just sending threatening texts. There is a more deliberate bit of suspense near the end. The narrative is written from the first person viewpoints of JL and Micki. While they are clearly identified at the beginning of each section I did find the technique a bit confusing once I was well into a chapter.
Michalove's writing style is to over dramatize character emotional reactions and subsequent actions. One might cough to almost choking or drop a plate of food at hearing unwanted information, for example.
Michalove excels in setting descriptions including food, events and architecture. This is a good novel for readers who like a greater emphasis on character relationships and interesting descriptions than action and suspense.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by: Coffee and Eclairs Books (self-published)
Publication Date: August 2023
Series: Global Security Unlimited, 3
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)