Dangerous Promise

Dangerous Promise

A female bodyguard with enhanced abilities. A billionaire playboy committed to destroying people like her. A romance they didn’t expect… Dive into the first book in the fantastic new Protector series set in the near future from New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart!Nina Bronson used to be all human -- until the experimental surgeries and internal technology that saved her life andHart!Nina...

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    4.5 stars

    I had a hard time at the beginning of Dangerous Promise. But, as the story progressed and I got invested in the characters, it grew on me. In fact, I can't wait to start Wicked Attraction to see how everything gets resolved.between Nina and Ewan.

    Ewen started off as an egotistical sphincter (in Nina's words). He refused to allow her to protect him in the way she was accustomed to. But, Nina is just as stubborn as he is and eventually gets her way. Besides, he requested her specifically to protect him,

    4.5 stars

    I had a hard time at the beginning of Dangerous Promise. But, as the story progressed and I got invested in the characters, it grew on me. In fact, I can't wait to start Wicked Attraction to see how everything gets resolved.between Nina and Ewan.

    Ewen started off as an egotistical sphincter (in Nina's words). He refused to allow her to protect him in the way she was accustomed to. But, Nina is just as stubborn as he is and eventually gets her way. Besides, he requested her specifically to protect him, now he has to live with the rules. She needs to find a way to control her libido around him. She can control every other bodily reaction because of her enhancements, she should be able to control wanting him so bad. But, there is something about him that has her intrigued and interested. She will only sleep with him on her terms though. She has not been able to feel any emotions since her surgery so she knows there is no way that she could fall in love with him and he doesn't believe in love. But, when they finally connected, it was more than what she thought it would be and suddenly, all her emotions came back and love bloomed. In the end, she not only felt love but heart-break and betrayal.

    Nina may be faster and stronger than him but there is no way she will be in the bathroom with him, sleeping on a cot in his bedroom and beside him every minute of every day. But, as danger strikes more than once, he understands why she needs to be there. She has proven that she can protect him from those trying to kill him and respects her immensely. Now, if she wasn't so sexy, so enticing, he may have been able to hold himself in check around her. He can't get involved with her with the secret that he is keeping from her. Besides, she hates him, hates what he lobbied for, hates what he stands for. Now, after finding out the truth, she just hates him. He will do anything to get her back into his life, to try to get her to understand. He's just not sure if she'll ever forgive him or want him back.

    Like I said, I did have a rough beginning to Dangerous Promise. I'm not sure if it was because of the futuristic aspects of the story or the characters themselves. But, they both started to grow on me as Megan Hart brought them from antagonistic to friendly to being in love. She absolutely drew me in with the transformation of Ewen and has me very curious as to how she is going to resolve the differences now separating them. Like I said, I am looking forward to Wicked Attraction and can only hope that it s half as intriguing and interesting as Dangerouos Promise turned out to be.

  • Maria Rose

    Megan Hart is best known for writing erotica and erotic romances so I already know from past experience to expect some high quality sex scenes in her writing. However Dangerous Promise goes in a whole new direction than her previous books. The first in a futuristic sci-fi romance series entitled The Protector, it’s an intense and action packed tale set in a not too distant future with an ‘enhanced’ bodyguard heroine and a billionaire hero. You won’t find a happy ending for the couple here, as th

    Megan Hart is best known for writing erotica and erotic romances so I already know from past experience to expect some high quality sex scenes in her writing. However Dangerous Promise goes in a whole new direction than her previous books. The first in a futuristic sci-fi romance series entitled The Protector, it’s an intense and action packed tale set in a not too distant future with an ‘enhanced’ bodyguard heroine and a billionaire hero. You won’t find a happy ending for the couple here, as there are at least two more stories to come, but luckily they are being released in quick succession (one a month) and this is a good thing, as if you’re like me, you’ll be ready to dive into the next one as soon as you can.

    Nina Bronson has worked for two years for ProtectCorps as an elite bodyguard. She fought as a soldier during the Second Cold War where she was wounded in action and was declared brain dead. She was revived through a set of computer enhancements, nanochips connected to her brain and nervous system to control her bodily functions, her emotions, and even with the ability to erase her memories. Fifteen soldiers had undergone the enhancement techniques before the program was ended . Many believe they shouldn’t exist at all. One of those is Ewan Donahue, Nina’s new client.

    Unbeknownst to Nina, Ewan is responsible for the invention, programming and funding of the technology that saved her. He’d created his own fantasy version of a human before realizing the full implications of the Pandora’s Box he’d opened, and Nina’s existence is proof of his greatest achievement and his most profound failure. Having to hire her to keep him alive is the ultimate irony, but his last two bodyguards died on the job, the death threats he’s receiving show no sign of letting up, and he has no alternative.

    Nina knows how Ewan feels about the enhanced. He’s the leading voice speaking out against the technology, which is what has led to the death threats against him from a variety of factions. Unfortunately, the enhancements are starting to degrade and the ban making it illegal to continue the research means there is no hope of their being repaired; in short, Nina will die a painful ‘second’ death as the nanochips break down. But Ewan is a client, and he’s paying well for her services. She can keep her emotions locked down and do her job. But not so for Ewan. Despite his beliefs, he finds Nina beautiful and bewitching, strong and capable and he’s intensely attracted to her. When Nina indicates that she’d be willing to indulge in a sexual affair with him, he can’t resist. But will it lead to a fatal mistake?

    The world building in this story is unique and full of little details. Though a year isn’t specified, there are clues to the date being near the end of the current century. For example, Ewan has a record player, a museum piece, with a collection of vinyl records in which he references having an album of his great grandmother’s called Groove Hits of the Sixties and jokes that it’s from the 1960s, not the 2060s. All the monotheistic world religions have combined into one, with the ‘OneGod’ being revered. At some point in time, a space station had been built on the moon that affected its orbit, and thereby the tides on earth, leading to environmental disasters and wars. A computer hacker destroyed 90% of the world’s linked computer infrastructure, causing chaos. And of course there is the technology that Ewan created. Nina’s enhancements include the ability to go without food and sleep for extended periods of time. She can pixelate her view to give her clients privacy while in the room with them, she has superior hearing and reacts to threats instantly, her computer like brain calculating scenarios and cause and effect actions. And if requested for security reasons she can wipe out her memory.

    Ewan and Nina spend a lot of time talking, which isn’t surprising since she never leaves his side. Their discussions cover many topics including the ethical implications of Nina’s existence. To Ewan’s chagrin he comes to really like Nina as a person, which makes it hard for him to continue to advocate for her demise. And while Nina can turn off any feelings she might have for Ewan, he can’t do the same. Nina likes sex and with her enhanced senses she can see when Ewan is aroused, which leads to some intense and steamy scenes between them. Nina is always the one in control, which is even more of a turn on for Ewan, and likes to inflict a hint of pain in her partner, which Ewan also finds he likes.

    Of course while all this is going on, there are also people out to kill Ewan in some very inventive and nasty ways. The action scenes come and go without warning, making for an exciting read. Nina never forgets her mission, but she does begin to open herself up to feeling emotions where Ewan is concerned, and to the genuine belief that they could have a future together. While Nina and Ewan develop a physical and then an emotional relationship, the main conflict between them doesn’t go away and leads to a dramatic conclusion, revelations that leave things up in the air on a cliffhanger that definitely has me wanting to read more. Dangerous Promise is a riveting, sexy, intense read set in a frighteningly believable future.

    This review also appears at All About Romance:

    A copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.

  • Caz

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    Megan Hart’s 

     trilogy is set in the near future, in a world which has suffered a Second Cold War, massive environmental damage following an abortive attempt to colonise the moon and the near destruction of the planet’s computer infrastructure when an unknown hacker wiped out around ninety percent of the world’s servers and back-up data, deleting bank accounts, personal data and causing untolHart’s 

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    Megan Hart’s 

     trilogy is set in the near future, in a world which has suffered a Second Cold War, massive environmental damage following an abortive attempt to colonise the moon and the near destruction of the planet’s computer infrastructure when an unknown hacker wiped out around ninety percent of the world’s servers and back-up data, deleting bank accounts, personal data and causing untold chaos. It’s a world that is recognisable (and eerily plausible!) yet subtly different from our own, and the author does a fabulous job in 

    of balancing the need for backstory and world-building with the plot and the romance in the story.

    I’ll say now that this is a trilogy in which all three books need to be read or listened to in order to experience the complete story and reach the HEA; fortunately, at time of writing, all three books are available so you’ll be able to jump straight in to the whole thing without having to wait months for the next instalment.

    Nina Bronson is one of fifteen former soldiers who underwent experimental surgery after being severely injured. In fact, she was dead for seven minutes – and was brought back to life by the implantation of newly invented nano-technology in her brain, technology which gives her greater strength and stamina and the ability to control her physical and emotional reactions and bodily functions. But not long after these procedures were carried out, the program which created it was shut down and laws were passed forbidding any future research or experimentation on the tech, meaning that Nina and her fellow ‘enhanced’ are the only ones like them in existence, and that as the tech eventually degrades, so will they.

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  • Dαɴιjα

    is a science fiction (I think) romance set in the near future written by Megan Hart. I read it because Megan Hart wrote it — it's as simple as that. I didn't even have to read the full summary to know I would be reading it. All I needed to know was that one of my favorite authors wrote it.

    Science fiction and futuristic stories don't find themselves on my reading list often, probably because authors tend to set their books in a future time that's far from something to look

    is a science fiction (I think) romance set in the near future written by Megan Hart. I read it because Megan Hart wrote it — it's as simple as that. I didn't even have to read the full summary to know I would be reading it. All I needed to know was that one of my favorite authors wrote it.

    Science fiction and futuristic stories don't find themselves on my reading list often, probably because authors tend to set their books in a future time that's far from something to look forward to, but I wouldn't let that deter me here. The disturbingly near future Megan Hart created in this series is bleak: a lot of species are extinct, synthetic food seems to be on the main menu for most people, while real food is something only the rich can afford, humans have messed around with the Moon, and caused damage on Earth, and the United States now called the North American United States have been in, surprise, surprise, yet another war.

    Nina Bronson was a soldier who got severely injured in that war and died, but she didn't stay dead. Enhancement technology was implanted in her body, and she survived and became stronger, faster, she became a super soldier. However, that technology had become illegal, making necessary upgrades impossible, so the tech which had saved her life would end it an a matter of few years.

    Being enhanced meant Nina had to leave the army and work in the private sector. She worked as a protector, and her newest job was being a bodyguard of Ewan Donahue, the man most responsible for making the enhancement tech illegal. Ewan was less than pleased to have Nina as his bodyguard, but the threats on his life called for having someone extremely capable to protect him, and Nina was the best. Neither of them was satisfied with their arrangement, but they were determined to push through: Nina was a necessity for Ewan, and Ewan was a job for Nina.

    Like the time the story takes place, the relationship between Nina and Ewan was cold in the beginning. It was nothing surprising given their backgrounds. What was also nothing surprising is that that changed because of all the time they spent together which really was all the time. They would have friendly talks, other times they would argue. With each attack on Ewan that Nina stopped, they became closer. Despite himself, Ewan was becoming more and more attracted to Nina, and that attraction wasn't one-sided. They danced around it a lot. It wasn't until the plan to find out who was after Ewan led them to Ewan's secret property away from anyone that they finally acted on it. That's when it got complicated and more emotional.

    Complicated and emotional love stories is one of the main reasons I love Megan Hart's books, and Nina and Ewan's is apparently so complicated it needed a series to be told. Having read this book and about a third of the second installment, I can see why that is. Staying together won't be easy for them. That was clear from the beginning. The story is told from both Nina's and Ewan's perspective. What we find out about Ewan and what Nina wasn't aware of is Ewan's involvement in the development of the enhancement tech, and his reasons for lobbying to make it illegal. That was why his attraction to Nina was unwelcome, and once he developed feelings why he was afraid of Nina finding out about it. For the first time he was with a woman who made him think about forever. Sadly, he was having a hard time figuring out how to make it happen. It was the same with Nina. They were in love. Away from the world and their regular lives, everything was perfect in their little bubble. But the bubble burst. Reality and hidden truths came crashing in leaving them with heartache.

    In the end I'll say this was another Megan Hart book I really liked reading.

    did what any first book in a series should do, and that is to make me want to read the sequel. I not only want to continue reading, I am anxious to find out what happens with Nina and Ewan.

    , here I come!

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  • Caz

    I don’t read much sci-fi romance, but I like it occasionally, and when I read one of my fellow AAR reviewers’ take on

    , it sounded really intriguing.

    Set in a near future (a date is not specified, but I’m guessing late 21st/early 22nd century),

    introduces readers to kick-ass female bodyguard Nina Bronson, one of fifteen former soldiers who were all ‘enhanced’ using newly invented nano-technology which both saved their lives and has given them greater strength and s

    I don’t read much sci-fi romance, but I like it occasionally, and when I read one of my fellow AAR reviewers’ take on

    , it sounded really intriguing.

    Set in a near future (a date is not specified, but I’m guessing late 21st/early 22nd century),

    introduces readers to kick-ass female bodyguard Nina Bronson, one of fifteen former soldiers who were all ‘enhanced’ using newly invented nano-technology which both saved their lives and has given them greater strength and stamina and the ability to control their physical and emotional reactions and bodily functions.  When Nina joined the army at nineteen and signed documents allowing her body to be used in the event of her death, she’d assumed it meant organ donation – not that she’d be brought back from the dead by having a number of nanochips implanted in her brain and nervous system.

    Not long after she and her fellow ‘enhanced’ were created and the implications of the tech were fully understood, laws were passed outlawing any further implantations or any further development of the tech.  Nina and her fellows are thus the only enhanced humans in existence, and as the tech gradually decays, so will they, as they’ve effectively been denied access to the necessary upgrades.

    Billionaire businessman Ewan Donahue is the highest-profile, most vocal of those who oppose the development of enhancement technology, and he’s a very visible target for those who believe the tech should be available to others – especially one organisation who wants to use it to build legions of super soldiers.  Being threatened is nothing new to him, but when the number of death threats he receives increases, leading to the deaths of not one, but two of his bodyguards, he approaches the elite ProtectCorps agency and hires Nina as his personal protection.

    Both are well aware of the dichotomy inherent in their situation and make no bones about it.  But what Nina doesn’t know is that while Ewan now speaks out against the enhancement tech, he’s the one responsible for developing it in the first place.  Desperate to help his sister Katie, who was dying of Dementia, he invented and programmed the original software that connected to the brain and nervous system that should have allowed Katie to regain control of her mind and body… but sadly, the breakthrough came too late to save her.  After her death, and finally realising the implications of what he’d done, Ewan came back to reality with a thud and realised how messed up it was to want to play god with people’s lives - and made sure the program was shut down.

    But their positions on either side of the debate don’t prevent a powerful attraction developing between them.  They are together 24/7 and spend a lot of time talking about many different things, including the ethical implications of the enhancement tech and Nina’s very existence.  Nina finds Ewan very attractive and her enhanced abilities allow her to work out that that feeling is mutual.  She isn’t averse to having a sexual relationship with him and is safe in the knowledge that she can turn off her emotions and just enjoy the sex… but for Ewan, it’s different. He’s come to know and like Nina as a person, and is falling in love with her, deeply and completely.  There are a number of superbly-written steamy scenes between them, and before very long, Nina starts finding it more and more difficult to keep herself aloof and begins slowly to open up and allow herself to have the sort of feelings for Ewan she’s never had for anyone.

    Of course, the path of true love can never be allowed to run completely smooth, and with Ewan’s secret hanging in the air between them, the book concludes on a dramatic and heart-rending cliff-hanger with the story to picked up in book two,

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    Ms. Hart establishes the background to her story brilliantly, and her world-building is superb.  The earth of the time the book is set is recognisable, but has suffered a second Cold War, environmental disasters as the result of an abortive attempt to colonise the Moon, and something called Gray Tuesday, when an unknown hacker destroyed ninety percent of the world’s servers and back-up data, wiping out bank accounts, personal data and generally causing untold chaos.  She also explores the importance of memory to who we are – the nanochips that give the enhanced their increased abilities can also be reprogrammed so parts (or all) of the person’s memory can be erased – and the idea that Nina and those like her are regarded with suspicion and hatred, and that they are somehow ‘lesser’ because of what they have become.

    is an action-packed, sexy read based on a well-developed and intriguing premise which features two flawed, interesting characters with great chemistry.  I’m hooked, and will definitely be snapping up books two and three to find out how everything turns out.

  • Mandi Schreiner

    I find that Megan Hart writes such different things from book to book. I fell in love with her when she wrote Broken, Dirty etc.., and I’ve followed her work since then. When I saw her new series featuring a female bodyguard set in the future, I was definitely intrigued.

    First, and I didn’t realize this, the entire series follows Nina and Ewan. I assumed book two would have a different hero and heroine, so I was expecting more to happen in this book. Dangerous Promise started very str

    I find that Megan Hart writes such different things from book to book. I fell in love with her when she wrote Broken, Dirty etc.., and I’ve followed her work since then. When I saw her new series featuring a female bodyguard set in the future, I was definitely intrigued.

    First, and I didn’t realize this, the entire series follows Nina and Ewan. I assumed book two would have a different hero and heroine, so I was expecting more to happen in this book. Dangerous Promise started very strong for me but it definitely lags in the second half.

    Nina is one of fifteen enhanced humans in this futuristic world. After joining the military, she dies on the table and is brought back with a series of nanochips, that gave her “greater than natural control over her bodily functions. Endurance, strength, focus.” Coming back like this led her to have a falling out with her family and since then she has gone into the private sector as a bodyguard. Hired out to keep people safe, she is the best of the best. And that is why billionaire Ewan Donahue has hired her.

    Unknown to Nina, Ewan actually developed the tech that lives inside Nina. But then he realized this tech could be used by the wrong people and could create horrible consequences. He immediately reversed his stance, and now lobbies hard against enhancing humans. Nina knows about his lobbying and hates him for it, as upgraded tech is really needed for her and the few others that have it, as theirs is becoming outdated and causing some pain. But a paycheck is a paycheck, and she agrees to guard him, as Ewan has had multiple threats and attempts against his life. He isn’t sure who is targeting him, and after two of his regular bodyguards die, he turns to enhanced humans.

    They hate each other at first, and I do like a nice hate relationship where that lust simmers right underneath the surface. Ewan does get attacked – several times and this author writes well done action scenes. Ewan has to accept the fact a woman is saving his butt (the horror!) and comes to trust her and respect her once he sees her skills. He has guilt about her not knowing it was him who created the tech to begin with, which eventually comes out later in the book.

    The first half is all about understanding Nina’s enhancements and guarding Ewan’s life. I was into it for sure. But the second half really drags. Their hate for each other eventually turns to a romance, but it takes a long time. Like I said at the beginning, I didn’t realize these two would continue to star in the subsequent books so I was expecting a faster pace. I was also a little confused about Nina and her ability to feel emotions. I thought it was limited due to her enhancements – but then she is falling in love and feeling all the feelings towards Ewan and I wasn’t sure if that was really consistent with what we are told at the start of the book.

    I wanted Nina to be a little – less human, if that makes sense. By the end of the book, I had kind of forgotten how powerful she was at the start of the book. She seemed more regular and I would have liked her “otherness” to still be prominent. I also though Ewan goes from such a jerk to too nice. Especially since we get more of him as the series progresses. I know, I know – I’m so picky!!

    I loved the set-up and the brief glimpse at the world. I may read book two, but I think I will read reviews of it first.

    Grade: C+

  • Deborah

    3.5*

    I found the blurb for this book intriguing.

    Nina Bronson signed on to serve her country as a soldier but after she died she ended up as so much more.

    I

    3.5*

    I found the blurb for this book intriguing.

    Nina Bronson signed on to serve her country as a soldier but after she died she ended up as so much more.

    Nina is now enhanced and working in private security, she’s the best you can get and because of the price tag that comes along with her very few can actually afford her services.

    She surprisingly finds herself working for Ewan Donahue, I say surprisingly because he’s an incredibly rich and powerful man that’s lobbied against enhancements and adjustments and he’s managed to put a stop to them with the Enhancement Repeal Act.

    There’s a lot here that makes this an interesting read. Nina is a woman totally confident in herself and her abilities and while she finds herself attracted to Ewan she’s no intention of ever taking it further.

    Ewan carries a lot of regrets over his part in the enhancement programme and he fully understands the irony of him hiring Nina. He also finds himself very attracted to Nina, it helps that’s she’s totally unlike any other woman he’s known.

    The more time these two spend together the more they get to know the real person underneath the public front.

    They draw closer but still there’s a huge gap between them. Part of which is that Nina is deteriorating, she desperately needs an upgrade that Ewan has stopped.

    Like I said there’s a lot here, often it’s a case of two steps forward, one step back or in some cases one step forward, two steps back. The sexual tension grows the more time they spend together and it’s only a matter of time before something gives.

    So why only 3.5*?

    It felt over long and the push/pull got to the point it was driving me crazy. I’m not known for my patience so this might not be as bad for you.

    The plot appeared to have a huge hole in it which annoyed me but not enough to stop me moving onto the next one.

    All section I copied came from the advanced reader copy I received and may change in the final version.

    I voluntarily read a review copy kindly provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press.

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    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    I've always been a fan of Megan Hart, as you probably have noticed if you follow this blog for any length of time.  Her stories are always interesting and to me they delve a little deeper than just a romantic connection.  Dangerous Promise is the beginning of a storyline I can't wait to know all about and a heroine I really liked.

    Nina Bronson is the best b

    I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    I've always been a fan of Megan Hart, as you probably have noticed if you follow this blog for any length of time.  Her stories are always interesting and to me they delve a little deeper than just a romantic connection.  Dangerous Promise is the beginning of a storyline I can't wait to know all about and a heroine I really liked.

    Nina Bronson is the best bodyguard money can buy.  She's also one of the few humans who have had the experimental and controversial surgeries that have left her almost with super powers.  Those same surgeries saved her life and forced her out of the Army.  And now she's tasked with protecting the man who is fighting for that technology to never see the light of day again and stopping any needed upgrades from reaching those who already had the procedures done.  Little does she know what role Ewan Donahue really had in the creation of the technology and the guilt he carries for it.

    I'm a sucker for bodyguard tropes and this is a great example of it.  Nina reminded me of Major in the movie Ghost in the Shell.  She's come to terms with her new reality, she's embraced some of it, struggles with other parts of herself.  And most importantly, she struggles with how she connects with other people.  While I liked the hero of this story and his own issues, I think Nina was the star of the show here for me.

    There is a slow burn type of romance throughout this story but also be warned that this doesn't end in a definite HEA.  The story continues in the next book and keep in mind this is a trilogy that follows the same couple.  For me, I was very satisfied with what we got in terms of the build up of their romance and connection in this one and it doesn't bother me that it's going to take a few books to get a conclusion.  The storyline around them is interesting enough that I'm happy to be along for the ride.

    This right here is my sci fi romance happy place.  It's all about the futuristic, genetically modified humans with some extra abilities and a world that's just a little different and a bit more technologically advanced than today.  Wrapped up in some danger, politics and corruption.  No blue aliens in sight, sorry Suz.  I can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Hollis

    So, okay, I did

    realize this series was in fact one story told over three books, featuring the same characters, as opposed to a bunch of connected standalones with different leads. I'm kind of miffed about that to be honest. However I had planned to space these reads out a bit anyway and now I have even more reason to do so; helped by this not really ending on a cliffhanger. That being said, I'm going to be optimistic and hope we have good and satisfying reasons for dragging this out.

    So, okay, I did

    realize this series was in fact one story told over three books, featuring the same characters, as opposed to a bunch of connected standalones with different leads. I'm kind of miffed about that to be honest. However I had planned to space these reads out a bit anyway and now I have even more reason to do so; helped by this not really ending on a cliffhanger. That being said, I'm going to be optimistic and hope we have good and satisfying reasons for dragging this out.

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    series is ours but in the future. I think it's 2050-ish and technology has made many advancements. Including the ability to enhance humans. While the technology and laws were revoked almost before they could begin, the world boasts fifteen enhanced human beings. Most were soldiers who came back from deployment injured or near death, their bodies consigned to science, and so was the case for DANGEROUS PROMISE's heroine Nina. In book one of this series, she's introduced to her client, Ewan, who just so happens to be the one lobbying against her kind and their ability to receive upgrades to their software that mean the difference between a slow death and memory loss, and more years to live, serve, and protect. As a result, their relationship is rather rocky and I thought their early dynamic to be perfectly done.

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    This is my first read by this author and so I had little to no expectations going into this. I was intrigued by the premise which I had read -- one I skimmed over to try and go in blind as per my preference these days -- and delighted by the concepts, the snark, and the morality of Nina's existence vs Ewan's hypocrisy in needing the very thing she offers when his lobbying results in threats to his life.

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    The chemistry between these two is really interesting. Ewan is no alphamale for all that he's rich, handsome, intelligent, and adverse to emotional connections. Nina is the dominant in their interplay because she's stronger, faster, and unwilling to bend to his will when it comes to his safety. There's also an additional dynamic to their intimacy that I really enjoyed because it was atypical to the standard romance tropes.

    However around the 50% and on is where things kind of fell apart for me. This is easily a four star read for the first half. But after that point the plot necessitates a long stretch of time where nothing really happens (which as I was reading made no sense to me as the time remaining wound further closer to the end only to resolve with a quick 'resolution' that was annoying but typical considering this is a series with more to come from these two) and combined with some strange (also, trite) dialogue choices sprinkled throughout the book, a weak hook to the story that I almost wish hadn't been known to us via his perspective, not to mention a few things that kind of happen unacknowledged only to suddenly be acknowledged later.. it didn't feel completely fluid.

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    Complaints aside, this was a great start to this series. It has an interesting premise, with a bit of a change up from the typical bodyguard stories -- not to mention gender roles in general -- a slowburn romance that is probably going to be even slower going as their story drags on two more books, and I'm looking forward to where things will go in the next installment. There's a lot of potential here and Hart almost exceeded my non-existent expectations but I will definitely be going into book two with a certain amount of hope for more action and less filler.

    3.5 "someone so concerned about what makes other people human or not should absolutely care that he's incapable of emotion" stars

    ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

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