Published by Smartypants Romance on October 15, 2019
Series: Cipher Security #1
Genres: adult, contemporary, Romance, Thrillers & Suspense
Source: eARC from Publisher
There are three things you need to know about Shane P.I. 1) P.I. is not her last name, it's her job title, 2) Her specialty is catching cheaters, and 3) She's a superhuman - kind of.
Gabriel is a security expert for Cipher Security, and a former UN Peacekeeper with a fierce protective streak that finds its focus on the beautiful P.I.
Their attraction is like an elephant in a room full of breakable things, and figuring out how to trust each other with their hearts, and maybe their lives, is the most fragile thing of all.
'Code of Conduct' is a full-length romantic suspense novel, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Cipher Security series, Knitting in the City World, Penny Reid Universe.
Code of Conduct is the first book in the Cipher Security series by April White. Code of Conduct is an adult contemporary romantic suspense. The Cipher Security series is published by Smartypants Romance. If you are new to Smartypants Romance, here is the quick breakdown of how this publishing company works. Smartypants Romance is the publishing company started by Penny Reid, which as most of you know, is one of my all time favorite romance authors. Smartypants romance brings on new authors to write their own series or stories, and the cool feature is that all of their stories will be set in the Penny Reid universe! See the picture below for all of the series that will be coming out from Smartypants Romance. I love this idea so, so much. It is perfect for new fans and old fans because we get all new story lines and characters, but we get to see plenty of character crossover. The Cipher Security series is set in Chicago in Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series. (I haven’t read this series yet. It is the only book series from Mrs. Reid that I have not read yet, but now I need to remedy that ASAP!)
In Code of Conduct we meet Shane, our heroine. I loved Shane. She is spunky, and fierce and doesn’t take any crap from anyone. She is PI, mostly hired by wives to have her catch their cheating husbands, but our book starts with her on a “job” that turns into something much more. Code of Conduct is told in dual narrative between Shane and our main guy, Gabriel. And I have to say, my love for Shane pales in comparison to my love for Gabriel. Can we say book boyfriend? yes, please!
I loved the premise of Code of Conduct. Basically, Shane takes money from the cheating husband and transfers it into his wife’s account, which triggers an alarm with Cipher Security, who is hired by said cheater to protect his money. The interesting thing is that they catch Shane pretty quickly. You would think that would be the end of the story. But no. Strangely that see past her shady transaction and team up with her to get some dirt on the dirty rotten cheater- who no one likes. I thought the mystery/suspense plotline was interesting, but I was really reading for the romance between Shane and Gabriel. I enjoyed this book. It grabbed me right away, and though it did hit a slow point for me in the middle, the story picked back up again in the last third of the book. If you are a fan of Penny’s Knitting in the City series, you will really enjoy checking in on the characters from that series that work at Cipher Security. And if you are not familiar with that series, Code of Conduct is still a great romantic suspense story. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.