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Code of Ethics by April White (Book Review)


There are three things you need to know about Oliver:
1) He’s a fabulously wealthy playboy who incidentally happens to be a code-writing genius,
2) For maybe the first time in his life, he’s trying to do the right thing, and
3) Someone wants him dead.

Oliver’s life has already been saved once by the gorgeous yet grumpy “close protection specialist” provided by Cipher Security, Dallas. She calls him uncooperative. He’d prefer to think of himself as unpredictable and stimulating.

But when an assassin gets way too close for comfort, the party boy is whisked away from the lively city where he’s the social king, to the desolate Yukon wilderness where Dallas is a master of survival (and grumpiness). Living wild and isolated reveals several illuminating truths, and suddenly they both find themselves in uncharted territory where grumpy can be sexy, sarcasm might be hot, capable is definitely dangerous, and trust is the strongest survival skill of all.

Code of Ethics is book #3 in the Cipher Security Series. It is a full-length enemies-to-lovers romantic suspense novel, and can be read as a standalone.


Contemporary Romance


A romance book filled with depth, longing, and good times.

This Cipher Security Series from April White is absolute gold. I love her funny and quirky characters, but also that they have so much personality. In Code of Ethics, she really goes all-in with the story, delivering a rich backstory and a romance that is sweet and indulging.

Dallas is a stellar heroine, with a sharp attitude, fiercely independent and hugely intimidating. All of that wrapped in such an interesting and profound backstory that you just want her to be your new best friend.

And I was a sucker for Oliver right from the get-go. I mean, nerdy geniuses that are experts at flirting are definitely my Achilles Heel, so of course, I was rooting for him from the start.

But, this is me only scratching the surface of what Code of Ethics really is. I could tell you this is a forced proximity, enemies to friends to lovers, slow-burn romance about a wealthy genius who got in with the wrong people and the close-protection specialist (ahem bodyguard) trying to defend him. Who then decided to bring him to the Yukon wilderness where we get a beautiful glimpse of her heritage and history while opening up for the first time to the person who will become the love of her life.

But, you should experience all of this for yourself. If I could throw a small critique is that after the halfway mark the slow-burn romance gets a little sidetracked by all the action going on. And I missed more of those moments of vulnerability between Oliver and Dallas.

But, that’s small potatoes compared to what we get from the entire plot. It was different from your normal run-of-the-mill romance, and I really enjoyed it. Also, it shows how April white is thorough with her research. I loved the tech themes and it all seemed very current and of the moment.

Thank you so much Smartypants Romance for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

RATING: ☆☆☆☆ (4 Stars)

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