INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE by Elizabeth Lapthorne

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INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE by Elizabeth LapthorneIntimate Knowledge by Elizabeth Lapthorne
Series: The Agency #5
Published by Totally Bound Genres: Steampunk
Reviewed by Jo

Jennifer Mabbot needed to get away and do some soul searching, so she took some time and went to a well-loved camping site.  One night Jennifer was awoken by the sounds of someone by her camp. Wondering what is going on, Jennifer followed the sounds and found a man burying something.  Thinking it was a personal thing to that man, Jennifer watched for a bit and then went back to her tent and forgot about it.  That is, she forgot about it until strange men looking for something attacked her in her home.  Scared to death, Jennifer calls the one person she knows will protect her.

Saul Haslen works for the Agency and knows very well what can happen to innocent people who get in the way.  When Saul receives the call from Jennifer, he instantly works out a plan to get to her, to keep her safe and discover just who is after her and why.  Saul has kept several things from his childhood friend, two of them being the reality of his work and his passion for Jennifer.  With danger surrounding Jennifer, Saul knows it time for him to open up about both and hope he won’t lose his friend and love.

Jennifer has always felt safe with Saul and it came as no surprise to her just what his work really entailed.  Protection just came naturally to Saul.  When they both open up about the feelings they had been hiding from the other, the passion that had been long denied came forth stronger than ever.  Balancing out the need to explore their love and to end the danger that threatens Jennifer, Saul and Jennifer team up to follow the clues and discover what Jennifer saw that night went much deeper than a man burying personal items and that the Agency was already involved.  Saul wants to be in on ending the threat to Jennifer, but he also wants to keep her safe.  The question is now, who are the good guys and who is the bad guy and just how is the Agency involved?

Lifelong friends finally open up to the passion between them when danger comes to call.  Saul and Jennifer discover just what has been between them all along in Intimate Knowledge.  I loved how Jennifer knew without a doubt she could call on Saul and he would help her.  I also loved how Saul dropped everything when he got her call to do just that.  When their passion blazed immediately and hotter than ever, I wasn’t surprised because it was obvious to me that it was only waiting for an opening.  The twists and turns that appeared during the course of Saul and Jennifer investigating just what was going on kept me off from figuring out just what was going on and who was doing it.  The only thing I know for certain is that the passion between Jennifer and Saul is one that will last for a very long time and that something odd is going on in the Agency right now.  I can’t wait for the next visit to that very interesting Agency for my next clues.  Intimate Knowledge takes Saul and Jennifer from best friends to passionate lovers to a mixture of the two combined with a strong love all while they work to end the threat to that very love.

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