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Series: The Montana Hamiltons #6
Published by HQN Books Genres: Suspense
I have never read a book by B.J. Daniels before but when I read the blurb for Honor Bound I thought it sounded like a book right up my alley. I had no idea I was starting on the sixth book in The Montana Hamiltons series and I figured I could just jump right in and not feel lost but that wasn’t the case for Honor Bound.
The oldest daughter to presidential candidate Buckmaster Hamilton, Ainsley has always been the responsible child out of her siblings. While scouting out locations for a commercial she has come to realize that she has a stalker who has been following her for months. His presence leaves her feeling vulnerable and yet she still can’t shake the feelings coursing through her. While checking out a spot for the production company she feels he’s there but when a rock slide happens she couldn’t be more grateful that a handsome cowboy has saved her life but what Ainsley doesn’t realize is that this is just the beginning of what is about to come.
Sawyer Nash is on medical leave from the FBI after being hurt on his last job, he’s bored out of his mind but isn’t cleared for active duty yet. As a favor to the Sheriff he has offered to keep an eye on Ainsley. When he shows up on location they mistake him as an extra and Sawyer decides to go with it since it will be easier to keep her in his sights. The more time he spends with her the more his feelings grow, but when things start happening around the ranch he will do anything to keep her safe including blowing his cover even though she might end up hating him in the end.
This is one of those series that should be started from the beginning as I said before. While this story was new and gave hints on what happened in the previous books I still didn’t get the full effect of what was going on or what this family had been through prior to Honor Bound. There were two different stories going on that kind of mushed together towards the end but it turned out they weren’t connected.
As far as the characters go I liked them but it was hard getting a read on them and their feelings. Sawyer and Ainsley didn’t spend that much time together yet they were falling in love which I didn’t completely understand. There was literally one date and for me one date doesn’t say “hey come fall in love with me now”. Another issue I had was there were too many people having voices throughout the story. Not only was it Sawyer and Ainsley, but Sawyer’s ex-girlfriend/undercover FBI agent, Ainsley’s mother and father, the stalker, and so on. Was this why the romance portion was cut short? I believe so. Yes, so much was going on in Honor Bound but I didn’t need to hear from everyone every single time.
I also found this story to have a lot of drama, I swear if it wasn’t the stalker, it was a murder and jewelry thieves. Don’t even get me started on Sawyer’s ex-girlfriend who drugs him with sleeping pills so he misses a date. For a FBI agent she was crazy and they should have taken her badge for the shit she pulled. Not only did it stop Sawyer from doing his job, that she knew about mind you, but also put Ainsley in danger.
Overall, I found Honor Bound just an okay read. Would I have felt different if I read the previous five books in this series? Maybe, but I don’t think so. As far as series goes I will have to pass on going back and starting The Montana Hamiltons from the very beginning.