Devon Donovan goes to work every day and tries to keep his head down and just do his job. One evening, after getting home, there’s a knock at his door. It’s the handsome man he saw at the charity ball he’d attended the night before, Powers McPherson. Powers has been hired by Devon’s company because someone has stolen plans for their newest banking system…and those plans are in an envelope inside Devon’s bag.
Eventually, Devon is able to convince Powers he’s not involved with any sort of espionage and has no idea how that envelope wound up in his bag. Figuring that whoever put it there will want to retrieve it, the men decide to work together to try and catch the responsible party. Soon, though, Devon and Powers develop feelings for one another, and it becomes important to get to the bottom of this mystery so they can pursue their relationship and get their happily ever after.
I love Andrew Grey’s books. He’s a go to for me, and several of his stories are what I consider “comfort reads.”. So, when I saw Pulling Strings was available to review, I jumped on it. I am not disappointed.
Let me begin by talking about Devon and Powers. I liked both men immediately. Even though Powers is rough in the beginning because he thinks Devon might be the thief, that showed me he was honorable and wanted to get to the truth. Devon is a bit shy, and I really enjoy shy characters. It seems as if they’re the ones who are necessary to how the story ends. Together they make a good team.
Their personal relationship is nice and works really well for me. It’s a bit of instalove, but I don’t mind. The attraction is instant, and it could be felt as early as the ball. Their coming together was sweet, but sexy. The fact that Powers, who is portrayed as a tough guy, is a total romantic makes my heart melt.
Andrew Grey’s writing style is great. His characters are well fleshed out and the stories are written in a way that’s directly to the point. There’s no unnecessary fluff or constant reminders of what’s been happening. It’s obvious he thoroughly researches his subject matter and is confident when it’s presented. The dialogue is always realistic, like actual conversation. Nothing is stilted or overly wordy. The romances are delightful and sweet…along with a bit of heat. All together, it’s an enjoyable experience.
There are some background characters here, but the most important one is Power’s twin sister, Lucy. They work together and she’s not only instrumental to helping solve the mystery, she is smart, funny, and a bit of a food moocher. 🙂 The relationship between her and Powers is a good one. They’re dependent upon each other, and they have what they call a twin thing. They can anticipate each other’s movements and even seem to know what’s going on in each other’s heads. Lucy is supportive of Powers and Devon’s feelings, and she encourages them. That’s a good thing because to Powers, Lucy’s approval seems to be very important.
The mystery in the story is nicely done. It’s compelling and exciting. There’s quite a bit of technological lingo getting tossed around between Devon, Lucy, and Devon’s brilliant college friend, Alex. I couldn’t understand a lot of it, but that didn’t make me feel lost. I was able to get the gist of it all, and that’s really all that counts.
The ending ties everything up nicely. The whodunit is an interesting choice, and I am pleased to report I didn’t figure it out until just before the reveal. That’s an especially good thing because I usually guess who it is, and a lot of times that gets in the way of my enjoyment of a story. I am completely satisfied with how everything fit together. I don’t have any problem recommending Pulling Strings. It’s a good, solid mystery/romance, and if that’s up your alley, you should definitely pick this one up.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.