Meridian File (The Rider Files Book 1)
CB Samet, author
She wants uncomplicated fame. He wants an uncomplicated assignment. As a celebrity stalker targets Aurora Meridian, the Rider team--Mason and Maxine--are drawn into the sinister underworld of the Russian mafia. Aurora and Mason fight for their lives and each other while Maxine Rider discovers the lines she must cross and the sacrifices to be made to keep her client and her team safe.
In this staccato kickoff to a romantic suspense series, Samet (Gray Horizon) touches on the high-stakes world of professional tennis, sports doping, and the Russian Mafia. Wine heiress and professional tennis player Aurora Meridian is determined to have a successful comeback season despite mysterious death threats, injury, and the sudden attention from those who’d abandoned her when her career derailed years before. Bodyguard Mason Stone, smarting from allegations of unprofessionalism during his last assignment for the Rider Agency, is determined that he will keep Aurora safe and be all business with her—but as the season progresses, the danger mounts and their mutual attraction grows. A crowded cast—including Aurora’s friends, the other members of the Rider Agency, and a Russian mobster with ties to the tennis circuit—provides a multitude of viewpoints with varying success. However, the high level of detail, particularly around the life of a professional athlete, makes up for any other inconsistencies and will keep sports fans hooked. (BookLife)