In Review: Code of Conduct (Cipher Security #1) by April White

Posted October 21, 2019 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Code of Conduct (Cipher Security #1) by April WhiteCode of Conduct by April White
Series: Cipher Security #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 15, 2019
Publisher: Smartypants Romance
Format: eARC, 408 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
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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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

Code of Conduct was my first April White book and my second from Smartypants Romance. I’m a big fan of both. I don’t read a lot of romantic suspense. Whenever I do I always question why I don’t make it a point to read more. Thankfully I have every intention of following the Cipher Security series, so I’ll be getting a good dose here soon.

There was so much to love about Code of Conduct, I’m honestly not even sure where to start. The characters made this book. Both Shane and Gabriel were absolutely wonderful. Shane was a badass. Since romantic suspense isn’t a go-to subgenre for me, I don’t often read about heroines with super cool jobs like hers. Not only was she strong and smart, but she was also an inspiration. Gabriel was all the things I want in a hero: sexy, thoughtful, kind, and quite the badass himself. And boy could he turn a phrase. I highlighted so many of his words because they made me quite literally swoon. He was all in for Shane and I couldn’t get enough of them together.

With the Cipher Security side of things comes cameos from two of my favorite of Penny Reid’s characters, Quinn and Dan. Dan especially. Oh, how I’ve missed him! The suspense portion of the book had me on the edge of my seat more than once. My heart was pounding, y’all. But to be fair, some of the sexy scenes had my heart pounding, too. đŸ˜‰Â I’m two for two with the Smartypants Romance books and I can’t wait to dive into my third. I can’t get enough of Penny’s world and I’m thrilled to discover new authors who are writing in it. It’s a win-win for me.

Favorite Quotes:

“A word only has the power you give it. Truth is just five letters unless the promise of it is honored, and trust–those five letters are meaningless without a whole lifetime of evidence to back it up.”

I was smitten. More than smitten, actually. Probably something closer to besotted, with a side of lustful thoughts for added intrigue.

“Flying kisses are the ones that make your insides feel like you’re accelerating to reach altitude, and the moment you begin to soar, your chest can fill with air again, and your body floats free.”

“I taste you in my dreams. I think about kissing you ten, fifty, a hundred times a day.”

“You could never be normal. Extraordinary is not normal. Stunning is not normal. Brilliant is. Not. Normal.”

“You can be afraid and still strong, still fearless and indomitable. You can be afraid, and you can trust, and then when you’re ready, you can let go of the fear. Fear muffles you. Let it go, and then you can live out loud again like you’re meant to.” 

“I am so fucking hungry for you…”

About April White

April White has been a film producer, private investigator, bouncer, teacher, and screenwriter. She has climbed in the Himalayas, survived a shipwreck, and lived on a gold mine in the Yukon. She and her husband share their home in Southern California with two extraordinary boys, their dog, various chickens, and a lifetime collection of books.

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