Agent Jonah Pratt heads the Secret Service team guarding the President’s husband. When a routine day turns into a dangerous assassination attempt, the stranger who dives into the melee and takes down the assassin complicates the situation, sparking Jonah’s anger.
Just back from multiple tours of duty in Iraq, Benji hides the fact that he brought the war home with him and that it continues to haunt him. His actions in stopping the would-be assassin are more instinct than strategy. And his first conversation with a furious Jonah doesn’t end well.
Losing a member of his team turns Jonah’s world upside down. And if Benji seems to know exactly what Jonah is experiencing, it’s because he went through the same thing in combat. Jonah’s work consumes him, leaving little room in his life for anything else, and Benji focuses on his studies, working to keep his nightmares at bay. But when they get together, Jonah and Benji recognize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for love and happiness—one worth fighting for.
Love in the Line of Fire by Michael Murphy is a contemporary, romantic suspense novel. Jonah is the head of the secret service for the president’s husband. He’s working what should be a low-stress mission to guard the First Man at the college he teaches at. But when shots are fired, a stranger interferes with his life-saving protocol. That stranger is a former solider named Benji. The two men go from enemies to lovers very quickly.
Despite Jonah and Benji’s relationship unrealistic fast progression, I genuinely enjoyed this book. Benji, in particular, with his genuine warmth and kind heart won me over from the first. Closeted Jonah, on the other hand, was more difficult for me to sympathize with. He said all the right words, but when the chips were down, his actions didn’t match. That being said, Love in the Line of Fire is a compelling, well-written story with characters who will stay with you long after the last page.