Published by Smartypants Romance on March 24, 2020
Series: Cipher Security #2
Genres: adult, contemporary, Romance, Thrillers & Suspense
Source: eARC from Publisher
A painting, a panic room, a thief, and her lover … whose job is to catch her.
There are three things you need to know about Anna.
1) She’s a bounty hunter with adrenaline junkie habits,
2) She’s the “awkward” twin, and
3) She’s a thief – kind of.
Darius designs security systems for Cipher Security, and the strange and remarkable woman he met the night the painting was stolen is as intriguing a mystery as his hunt for the thief is.
But the lady has no filter, and she knows she can’t lie to the man who looks like a Disney Prince and kisses like fairytales are true, so she runs from the one person who may actually see her as the heroine of her own story.
Code of Honor is the second book in the Cipher Security series by April White. Code of Honor is an adult contemporary romantic suspense, and acts as a standalone book in the Cipher Security Series. The Cipher Security series is published by Smartypants Romance, and you can see my review of the first book in the series, Code of Conduct HERE. 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! By now, I have read several books from smarty pants romance, and 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.
In Code of Honor we meet our main characters Anna and Darius. Anna is dubbed as the “awkward” twin, but more importantly she is a crafty cunning thief. Darius is a sweet loveable Cipher Security agent tasked with the security of an awful millionaire’s art collection. Any guesses on how Darius and Anna meet? Yep, one of the pieces of art is stolen and that event sets off the actions central to their story and their romance. I loved Darius and Anna. I love that Anna tells it like it is. She holds no punches, and I love that Darius loves that about her. I also loved the setup of the heist. It was a brilliant plan concocted by the twin sisters. As is with many books, the bad guys have varying shades of gray. Yes, Anna is a Thief, but there is much more to the story than is initially apparent. And watching the plot unfold into something bigger, and then even bigger was so much fun. I enjoyed this book more than the first one in the Cipher Security series. The romance was great and the plot was fantastic!
You also get to check in on old friends from Code of Conduct (like Shane) , and from the Cipher Office series. All in all, this book was a smash hit on it’s own, and a great addition to the Knitting in the City world. 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 Honor is still a great romantic suspense story, that can totally be read and enjoyed on it’s own. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.