Title: Above and Beyond
Series: To Serve and Protect #1
Author: Kathryn Shay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 13, 2017
A family of heroes, all in dangerous jobs, all irrevocably tied to those they love. Read about the Marino clan in this fast-paced, emotional new series, To Serve and Protect, by NYT bestselling author Kathryn Shay.
Nick Marino is the top guy on POTUS’s Secret Service detail. But he’s temporarily sent to upstate New York to guard the president’s sister, Isabelle Barton, who is being threatened in anonymous notes. There, Nick becomes involved with the widowed mom and twin boys, who quickly win over what he thought was his hardened heart. Amidst the heightened anxiety of tracking down the threats, the constant vigilance and an ever-growing sexual attraction between Isabelle and Nick, these two people must uncover not only the plot against her, but determine what to do about their impossible romance.
ABOVE AND BEYOND provides a deep dive into the life of a Secret Service agent and a close look at being related to the most powerful man in the world, along with the glamor of Washington, D.C. politics. The story will keep you interested and capture your heart.
Above and Beyond is the first title in the To Serve and Protect series, and features Isabelle and Nick as the hero and heroine. As with all of Ms Shay's work I found this title to be a heartfelt romance, with a great blend of romance, suspense and intrigue.
Isabelle is a widower and single mother to twin boys. She's quite shy and unassuming, but also very headstrong and craves a peaceful existence, which is incredibly difficult when her brother is the President. Nick is a secret service agent, and is focused on his career and goals, and is put in charge of protection for Isabelle and her two boys. He's a true alpha and expects his dictates to be followed, to the letter.
Their realtionship and story is full of twists and turns and I was enthralled with their story, although I felt the ending was a tad rushed. Their romance is forbidden, and at times I felt like the connection and chemistry between the pair was missing, that I have felt so strongly in previous pairings Ms Shay has created.
Above and Beyond is told from multiple points of view, and has a strong focus on family. I cannot wait to see more of the Marino family and will be eagerly anticipating further books in this series, featuring the siblings.
She has written dozens of self-published original romance titles, including print books with the Berkley Publishing
Group and Harlequin Enterprises, and mainstream women’s fiction with Bold Strokes Books. She has won five
RT Book Reviews awards, four Golden Quills, four Holt Medallions, the Bookseller’s Best Award, Foreword
Magazine’s Book of the Year, and several “Starred Reviews.” Her novels have been serialized in Cosmopolitan
Magazine and featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and People magazine.
There are over five million copies of her books in print, along with hundreds of thousands
downloaded online. Reviewers have called her work “emotional and heart-wrenching.”