Synopsis: Taylor Valentine, a senior at Western Michigan University, has had her life planned out since kindergarten. After her parents died while she was still in high school, she had perfected it to make them proud. Now with the help of her best friends, Joe and Eva, she focuses on graduation and a career with romance in the far distant future. However, when the visiting professor enters the lecture hall to a four-weekend Civil War seminar, her perfect plan hits a snag. As a handsome history professor and former marine, Dr. Stuart Morgan has his own set of strict rules especially with infatuated students. He enjoys his boring yet pleasant life until he starts receiving death threats. With his unwanted bodyguard in tow, Stuart is unnerved by his reaction to Taylor. Their rigid rules discourage all but a flirtation.With the threats from family and foe pulling them apart, Stuart wonders if they can sustain the stress. Trusting their love, he must somehow convince Taylor to break her rules and embrace a new plan.
Although this is the 3rd book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone book because it is the prequel for the other books in the series. Taylor is determined to follow the rules she has set in place for herself and is thrown by her attraction to Stuart. Taylor slowly learns that sometimes a plan does not go as planned. I admire her determination and remember when I was in college “with the plan”. The characters are believable and concrete even when unlikable. Reese comes across as a jerk but a good guy to have at your back. Eva is outgoing, fiesty and fiercely loyal to her friends.
The pace is quick, filled with action as Stuart and FBI agents are trying to track down who is the perpetrator of the threats. The suspense was riveting as Stuart races to find out who the stalker is. I enjoyed reading the romance between Stuart and Taylor as they allowed themselves to enjoy life but also felt the romance was way too quick as usual in romance books. The magical connection that people who are destined to be together experience always draws me even though it also always annoys me at the same time. I love the idea of people finding true love. Overall, great read for readers who love action adventure mixed in with mystery and romantic suspense.