Shadows at Dawn (Maximum Security #1.5)
Don’t miss this scorching novella, part of what Publishers Weekly is calling Kat Martin’s “tantalizing” new Maximum Security series!Private detective Jaxon Ryker swore to himself he would keep his hands off Mindy Stewart. No matter how much Jax might secretly wish otherwise, his colleague at The Max is strictly off-limits. But when Mindy is the victim of an attempted kidnapping, everything changes. With both of them thrust into danger, Jax swears to protect her. As they work together in search of answers, it becomes clear Mindy’s life is on the line, so a trap is set—with Mindy as bait. Jax and Mindy have to put aside their overwhelming attraction, but if they live through this, all bets are off…

Shadows at Dawn (Maximum Security #1.5) Details

TitleShadows at Dawn (Maximum Security #1.5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 12th, 2019
PublisherHQN Books
ISBN-139781488058714
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Novella, Suspense, Contemporary

Shadows at Dawn (Maximum Security #1.5) Review

  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.Short, entertaining Romantic-Suspense novella that gave up its' secrets way to easily. Love both the hero and heroine and how they both were secretly in lust with each other, but weren't going to do anything about it until they are thrown together is a desperate situation.Mindy Stewart is the receptionist/bookkeeper for Maximum Security and loves her job and the eye candy that Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.Short, entertaining Romantic-Suspense novella that gave up its' secrets way to easily. Love both the hero and heroine and how they both were secretly in lust with each other, but weren't going to do anything about it until they are thrown together is a desperate situation.Mindy Stewart is the receptionist/bookkeeper for Maximum Security and loves her job and the eye candy that struts around the office, especially former SEAL and PI, Jaxon Ryker. When Mindy is leaving work one evening three men attempt to kidnap her. Jax saves the day and everything changes. Jaxon has had his eye on Mindy and not that she is in danger he is going to do everything he can to protect her. Now, they just have to figure out who and why someone wants Mindy and to stop ignoring the attraction between them.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Shadows at Dawn was a quick, enjoyable read with the perfect blend of romance and suspense.Jaxon Ryker wanted Mindy Stewart the minute he saw her, but not wanting to jeopardize their working relationship at Maximum Security, he sets his feelings aside. But when someone tries to kidnap Mindy from Maximum Security’s parking lot, Jax swears to protect her at all costs. As the pair begin digging for answers, it becomes clear the person behind the attempted kidnapping will stop at nothing until they Shadows at Dawn was a quick, enjoyable read with the perfect blend of romance and suspense.Jaxon Ryker wanted Mindy Stewart the minute he saw her, but not wanting to jeopardize their working relationship at Maximum Security, he sets his feelings aside. But when someone tries to kidnap Mindy from Maximum Security’s parking lot, Jax swears to protect her at all costs. As the pair begin digging for answers, it becomes clear the person behind the attempted kidnapping will stop at nothing until they have Mindy.The attempted kidnapping of Mindy proved to be a fantastic suspense storyline. I found myself wondering what Mindy could possibly be involved in that would cause someone to come after her and I have to say that I like the direction the author chose to go. The reason was plausible and I was completely sold on the motive of the person behind the attack. Despite how short this story was, I thought the pacing was well done and there was the perfect amount of action to keep things interesting while also moving the story forward. The ending was well done with just the right amount of stakes and I liked how everything wrapped up.Mindy and Jax have both been fighting their attraction for one another since the moment they met so when they are forced into close proximity due to the danger on Mindy’s life, there’s no fighting it anymore. The chemistry between the pair is fantastic and when their relationship progresses physically, it’s wonderfully done. The scenes have the perfect amount of steaminess and I loved how well they meshed with one another. One thing I really enjoyed about their relationship was how the two talked out any issues that came up rather than ignoring the potential pitfalls in their romance.Overall Shadows at Dawn was an amazing addition to the Maximum Security series and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Deception, soon. I highly recommend this series if you’re in the mood for some great romantic suspense.**I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
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  • Eva Millien
    January 1, 1970
    Both Jaxon Ryker and Mindy Stewart work for Maximum Security, so Jaxon swore he would keep his off of her but when Mindy is the victim of an attempted kidnapping, everything changes. They have to put aside their overwhelming attraction, but if they live through this, all bets are off…This story is a cute, sweet and steamy romance full of suspense, excitement and unexpected twists that keep readers hanging on to the edge of their seat. The characters are strong, captivating and easily grab reader Both Jaxon Ryker and Mindy Stewart work for Maximum Security, so Jaxon swore he would keep his off of her but when Mindy is the victim of an attempted kidnapping, everything changes. They have to put aside their overwhelming attraction, but if they live through this, all bets are off…This story is a cute, sweet and steamy romance full of suspense, excitement and unexpected twists that keep readers hanging on to the edge of their seat. The characters are strong, captivating and easily grab readers attention with their co-worker relationship full of sizzling chemistry that makes it hard for them to keep their hands off each other. It’s very fast paced and while it is short, it is a full story and makes a perfect read where readers only have a short break from their day and need a quick adrenaline rush & heartwarming pick me up.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 StarsThis book follows Kat Martin’s popular novel, THE CONSPIRACY. It is a short novella but totally worth the read. I only took off .75 stars merely because I wanted more of this book and its characters. I felt like this could have been a full length novel if it wanted to be.Basic premise: Mindy Stewart is working as what I assume is a temp accounting/receptionist job at Maximum Security. She feels like she fits well with the team but doesn’t seem to be an actual part of the team yet. She 4.25 StarsThis book follows Kat Martin’s popular novel, THE CONSPIRACY. It is a short novella but totally worth the read. I only took off .75 stars merely because I wanted more of this book and its characters. I felt like this could have been a full length novel if it wanted to be.Basic premise: Mindy Stewart is working as what I assume is a temp accounting/receptionist job at Maximum Security. She feels like she fits well with the team but doesn’t seem to be an actual part of the team yet. She has a crush on Jaxon Ryker, one of the investigators on the team. He likes her too but she doesn’t know that when the book starts. As she leaves for the day, later than usual, she is the victim of an attempted kidnapping. Jax saves her from her attacker and is immediately invested to find out who is targeting Mindy.I thought this book was great. I was invested from the minute Mindy was attacked. She felt like the “every woman” who wanted a man who seemed out of her reach. I liked that aspect. It gives women an idea that maybe they are more than they think they are.I thought the funniest part was that Jax was trying to make it all business but the second he discovered that Mindy wanted him too, he was lost. A switch was flipped and he dove in head first to a relationship he didn’t know he might crave more of. This was not the same as his old hookups that he could walk away from and that sort of had him distracted sometimes making Mindy more open to attack.Awesome read. Great story and suspense. I just wished there was more of it. Kat Martin is a must read for me now. Check it out for yourself.I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.
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  • Margaret Yelton
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.Who is trying to kidnap Mindy a receptionist at a Maximum Security office, surrounded by lots of private investigators and detectives. I found this to be a fast read, action packed and the chemistry between Mindy and Jax was off the charts. Can they find out whom is after Mindy before its too late? I look forward to reading more books from this series. I would certainly recommend this book to others.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I love the characters Mrs. Martin develops and these in this series are no different, they're wonderful. I cannot wait to read the next book from her. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
  • Angel Hatfield
    January 1, 1970
    Mindy loved working for the Max- Maximum Security. She was seated at her desk and answered the phone and directed the call to Jonah Wolfe - one of the agencies detectives. Mindy had only been working here a couple of months. Originally she had been hired as a temp. But she managed to impress Chase Garett , the owner and was offered a full time job. In the weeks since then , the private investigators, body guards, and bounty hunters had accepted her as part of the team. Mindy didn't mind working Mindy loved working for the Max- Maximum Security. She was seated at her desk and answered the phone and directed the call to Jonah Wolfe - one of the agencies detectives. Mindy had only been working here a couple of months. Originally she had been hired as a temp. But she managed to impress Chase Garett , the owner and was offered a full time job. In the weeks since then , the private investigators, body guards, and bounty hunters had accepted her as part of the team. Mindy didn't mind working over as she got overtime pay . Part of her job was reorganizing ledgers and updating Chase’s QuickBooks so there was plenty to do. Jaxon Ryker worked out of the office and he made her adrenaline spike and her pulse speed up when he glanced in her direction. Ryker was as handsome as sin, yet seemed to be unaware of his masculine charms. He was nice, always considerate. He never flirted, never teased and constantly kept a respectful distance. Sometimes it drove Mindy crazy. Mindy was walking to her car behind the office when three men dressed in black with black ski masks over their faces jumped out of a white van and she turned and ran and screamed. Jax was getting ready to leave and see another client when he heard the scream and rushed out, it was mindy, she was fighting like a wild woman but couldn’t handle three men. Rage burned through Jax’s normal calm. Mindy worked with him, and as far as jax is concerned she was under his protection. More than that, she was calm and sweet and he cared about her far more than he should. Jax wanted to end the bad guys for trying to hurt Mindy . Mondy flung herself into jax and he told her everything is okay once the bad guys took off. Minduy exclaimed “you saved me!” Jax wondered why Mindy had been targeted? Was it a random abduction attempt or something more. He got her back inside and called the police. For weeks jax had steered clear of Mindy. The attraction he felt for her had no place in his life, or hers. But little by little her sweet smile , and vivacious, always cheerful attitude began to melt his iron resolve. He began to think about her even when he wasn’t at the office. Jax job was now to keep Mindy safe and he wasn’t leaving her by herself tonight. Mindy had trouble sleeping. Men had tried to kidnap her tonight . She had no idea why or what would have happened if Jax hadn’t been there to stop them. I enjoyed this book but felt the romance was just a little rushed which didn’t take away a lot from the book but a little. This was a short read but lacked very little. I loved Mindy and Jax together and how they interacted. I loved the Mindy could help Jax when he was fighting to stop her from being abducted. I loved the intrigue, danger, and the action in this book. I liked how close maddock and jaxon were. I liked the pace and plot. I finished this in one setting. I loved the characters and the the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.
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  • Abby
    January 1, 1970
    *•*ARC copy was provided by netgalley.*•*•I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.•Great read! Kat Martin always does it for me!!! She brings sexy, thrilling books that you can’t put down! This is a maximum security book.Jaxon Ryker (Jax ) and Mindy both work at maximum security. They work two totally different jobs though. Jax is a badass PI /bounty hunter while Mindy is the bookkeeper/receptionist . They both have always had a thing f *•*ARC copy was provided by netgalley.*•*•I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.•Great read! Kat Martin always does it for me!!! She brings sexy, thrilling books that you can’t put down! This is a maximum security book.Jaxon Ryker (Jax ) and Mindy both work at maximum security. They work two totally different jobs though. Jax is a badass PI /bounty hunter while Mindy is the bookkeeper/receptionist . They both have always had a thing for each other just have never admitted it :) Mindy finds her self in a serious situation and she literally has no idea what’s happening and why. Now Jax being his hot sexy alpha self steps in to protect what his. No matter what Mindy is stuck with him at least until they figure out what is happening to her. This book is much shorter then others by this author but it has all the things we love!! Suspense, love , bad guys and big hot alphas that we can’t get enough of! Enjoyable book for sure!
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  • Patti Lucas
    January 1, 1970
    Shadows by Dawn is a Maximum Security novella by Kat Martin. It is the story of Jaxon Ryker, former navy SEAL and P.I. at Maximum Security and Mindy Stewart, receptionist and bookkeeper at Maximum Security. Jaxson and Mindy have been interested in each other, but do not want to cross the line of the office romance. That all changes, when an attempted kidnapping is made on Mindy's life and Jaxson comes to her rescue. Jaxson has vowed to keep her safe and ascertain who is behind this attempted kid Shadows by Dawn is a Maximum Security novella by Kat Martin. It is the story of Jaxon Ryker, former navy SEAL and P.I. at Maximum Security and Mindy Stewart, receptionist and bookkeeper at Maximum Security. Jaxson and Mindy have been interested in each other, but do not want to cross the line of the office romance. That all changes, when an attempted kidnapping is made on Mindy's life and Jaxson comes to her rescue. Jaxson has vowed to keep her safe and ascertain who is behind this attempted kidnapping. The following day, Mindy's apartment is ransacked and the only things missing are USB drives. As they continue to spend time together, Jaxson and Mindy give into their desire for each other. Love the plot twists and the surprises that Kat Martin adds even to her novella. Love the way everyone in the office knows how Jaxson and Mindy feel about each other before they admitted their true feelings to themselves and each other. Great read!
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  • Nancy Ku
    January 1, 1970
    Shadows at Dawn (Maximum Security #1.5) by Kat Martin... Love this series and want to thank the publisher and #NetGalley for letting me read this book. Jaxon Ryker ..former SEAl, private detective, works at THE MAX. Mindy Stewart..went from temp worker to full time at THE MAX. The action starts with her attempted kidnapping..Jax saves her and becomes her personal protection. (They have both been crushing on each other ..but have made no moves. There is mystery, danger, some laughs, some steam an Shadows at Dawn (Maximum Security #1.5) by Kat Martin... Love this series and want to thank the publisher and #NetGalley for letting me read this book. Jaxon Ryker ..former SEAl, private detective, works at THE MAX. Mindy Stewart..went from temp worker to full time at THE MAX. The action starts with her attempted kidnapping..Jax saves her and becomes her personal protection. (They have both been crushing on each other ..but have made no moves. There is mystery, danger, some laughs, some steam and fun visiting with old friends at THE MAX all leading to a HEA. I Can't wait for THE DECEPTION in September.Reasons I enjoyed this book:Page-turner Witty Easy-to-read Action-packed Great world building Steamy Wonderful characters Happily Ever After Romantic Entertaining
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  • Patricia Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    Cute short novella. Its book 2 inthe Maximum Security Series.Kat Martin always tells a nice story with intrigue, romance and suspense.Jax, former Navy seal, now private detective at Maximum Security has a thing for Mindy the receptionist. But he will never act on it since they work together. Mindy feels the same way. Jax is sooo hot but ssd's he can't act on it . Her job means too much to her. As Mindy exits the office one evening there is an attempted kidnapping of her. She screams and kicks to Cute short novella. Its book 2 inthe Maximum Security Series.Kat Martin always tells a nice story with intrigue, romance and suspense.Jax, former Navy seal, now private detective at Maximum Security has a thing for Mindy the receptionist. But he will never act on it since they work together. Mindy feels the same way. Jax is sooo hot but ssd's he can't act on it . Her job means too much to her. As Mindy exits the office one evening there is an attempted kidnapping of her. She screams and kicks to try and get away. The screams bring Jax running. They twart the attack but now must find out the reason why.And the adventure continues bringing the two of them closer together. Enjoy the action. It was an enjoyable read.
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  • Ashley (A Stack Above The Rest Blogg)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the peeps at Net Galley for this copy of Kat's book. I don't believe I have read anything by Kat before so her style is new to me. This book appears to be part of a series around The Max Security firm with Chase Wolfe. This particular book focuses on Jaxon Ryker and Mindy Stewart. It was a quick read and took me about 2 hours to finish. Overall, it captured my attention for the duration of the book. The sex scenes were hot, but I was a bit taken aback by the ending around the status of Thanks to the peeps at Net Galley for this copy of Kat's book. I don't believe I have read anything by Kat before so her style is new to me. This book appears to be part of a series around The Max Security firm with Chase Wolfe. This particular book focuses on Jaxon Ryker and Mindy Stewart. It was a quick read and took me about 2 hours to finish. Overall, it captured my attention for the duration of the book. The sex scenes were hot, but I was a bit taken aback by the ending around the status of the relationship between the MCs and how quickly that all happened. But otherwise, I enjoyed the read and would have no problem recommending the book to others who appreciate the genre.
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  • B.
    January 1, 1970
    This novella captures the sexy suspense that I’ve come to expect from a Kat Martin. There is the alpha hero, a former SEAL, who vows to protect the cute receptionist he’s had his eye on at the security firm where they both work. First he saves her from an attempted kidnapping and then he sticks around to protect her while they begin to explore their mutual attraction. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and This novella captures the sexy suspense that I’ve come to expect from a Kat Martin. There is the alpha hero, a former SEAL, who vows to protect the cute receptionist he’s had his eye on at the security firm where they both work. First he saves her from an attempted kidnapping and then he sticks around to protect her while they begin to explore their mutual attraction. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
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  • Diane Saul
    January 1, 1970
    Mindy works for a detective agency, Jax is one of the agents. Mindy is attracted to Jax but figures she isn’t his type and Jax is trying his best to keep his distance. When someone tries to kidnap Mindy from the parking lot outside of work Jax comes to her rescue.This was a very fast read. It had some suspense and a romance. If you are looking for a fast, easy read this book will keep you entertained. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.
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  • Marlene
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this is going to be a great series! I try to grab one of this authors books whenever I can because they promise to bring excitement, drama and romance. The bad guy/gal never gets away, so to speak. This shorter book introduces the staff of the security firm and the story revolves around the receptionist/bookkeeper, Mindy. When she is threatened, for no apparent reason, the staff comes to her rescue. I enjoyed the story-line and look forward to the next book.
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  • Shirley Linn
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, from the first page until the last, I couldn't put this book down. It had a fast-paced, suspenseful storyline that kept me turning the pages until the end. Jax and Mindy were great characters with amazing chemistry. I absolutely loved this book. I can't wait to read the next one. There were great secondary characters that I would love to read more about. I would definitely recommend this book and any other books that this talented author writes.
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  • Denise Van plew
    January 1, 1970
    I do not often anymore get to read this author but when I see of the novel's of hers I try. She writes fast paced at times as this one is also. This is also a quick read not that long to me with Jaxon and Mindy heading this one. Events make it hard for him to keep his resolve which is also a plus for us lol. The adrenaline will speed up with us going with it. Thing is with this one being it was quick before you know it you are at the finish.
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  • Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
    January 1, 1970
    It may be short but it certainly packs a punch. In typical Kat Martin style, the reader falls instantly in love with the hot alpha male, Jax, who happens to be in the right place at the right time and stops an attempted kidnapping of a co-worker Mindy. Filled with blackmail, money and murder as well as passion and love this book was fabulous. I cannot wait for more in the series.
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  • Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    Kat Martin knows how to write romantic suspense and this short novella proves it. Jax and Mindy are working together to find out who is trying to hurt her and why. Great mystery and hot romance are blended well in this story that packs a punch.Thanks to the publisher for a review copy via NetGalley.
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  • Susan Underbrink
    January 1, 1970
    A big thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Publishing for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. This book surprised me. I really enjoyed it. It was unexpected. Nothing was as it seemed. I liked Jason and Mindy, I didn't understand their reluctance to be involved. I rate this a 4. It had a hero, suspense, romance, and a little mystery. It was short and fun.
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  • Bookthief
    January 1, 1970
    I love Kat Martin, she didn’t disappoint me with this new read either. It is a short read, longer than a novella, so the action starts pretty much immediately. Now Jax is on the hunt to find out why Mindy is being targeted by hitmen. Then the tables are turned and Max security takes out the threat. A must read.
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  • Jordan Jones
    January 1, 1970
    This was a super fast-paced and entertaining read! I really liked Mindy and Jax’s characters and their chemistry. I gave this 3 stars because I felt like there wasn’t enough depth to the characters, but this was my first novella. For a secondary story line, I did enjoy it.
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  • Book Him Danno
    January 1, 1970
    Kat Martin knows how to create action pack in a short novella. The story flows well, the romance, action and dialogue moves quickly. The story is short, sweet and awesome!Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the a Copy of Kat Martin Shadows at Dawn
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  • Judith Sherrod
    January 1, 1970
    Shadows at DawnJax was interested in the new bookkeeper/receptionist, Mindy, but he didn't believe in 'dipping his pin in the company ink'. But when he left work to find three thugs in the parking lot trying to force Mindy into a van, he forgot everything except rescuing her.
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  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    January 1, 1970
    Who would want to kidnap Mindy. There seems to be no reason. Jaxon Ryker saves her and that starts both a search for who is putting her in danger and a high octane romance. Great tension, wonderful attraction and a nice end to the search. Love the Max and all the possible HEA's in the making.
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  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed Jax and Mindy's novella! But with all Kat Martin novellas, this left me wanting more! Crazy fast HEA, but slow burn prior to the book. The short romantic suspense was just what I needed to get ready for the next book coming out soon.
  • Ebony
    January 1, 1970
    Short, sweet and cute
  • CJ
    January 1, 1970
    Great little novella in the series. Lots of action, some mystery and two people taking a chance. I look forward to the next in the series.
  • Sue Stewart
    January 1, 1970
    Great start to this new series. Loved Jaxon and Mindy. Lots of action - great read!
  • McKenzi
    January 1, 1970
    Such a cute but short story. I honestly I had more of these two characters rather then a short novella!
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