New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin raises the tension and the passion when family ambition turns deadly…
Harper Winston’s brother has disappeared. Pursuing his dream of sailing the Caribbean, Michael hasn’t responded to texts or emails in days. When even the Coast Guard can’t find him, Harper is forced to take desperate measures. Which means going to Chase Garrett, once her brother’s best friend, now the only man she can trust…or so she hopes.
As the successful owner of Maximum Security, Chase has learned to trust his gut. He knows Harper’s father is mixed up in a deadly business, and suspects there’s more to Michael’s disappearance than meets the eye. Getting involved again with the Winstons goes against everything he stands for, yet old loyalties die hard. As the case draws him closer to Harper and deeper into the Winstons’ snarled crime family, he is forced to put everything on the line to keep Harper safe…and both of them alive.
The Conspiracy has a solid start, setting up the storyline and introducing the main characters, and it takes off at a good clip. However, somewhere toward the middle it loses momentum with some serious lags in the story, and I found myself wanting to skim several times throughout the rest of the book. There are plenty of twists and action along the way, but the in between needs some serious tightening up. Most of the characters are pretty straightforward as far as who's good and who's bad - the villains are all, well, villainous in characteristics and looks, and the good guys are nice-looking, well-built, etc. Main characters Chase and Harper do have a bit more development than the secondaries, but some of that development makes them a little hard to connect with. Chase is rather sanctimonious in his opinions and painting everyone in Harper's family with the same brush. And Harper, I just couldn't get on board with her at all. She put me in mind of the swooning ladies from so many historical romances. She does a fair bit of crying and turning pale, and the gasps every time she glimpsed Chase's body grew repetitive and tedious. We have all of that combined with a determined woman ready to jump into the fray and fight shoulder to shoulder with Chase and company. Harper was like two different people and I would've liked to have seen more of that determined and strong heroine. In the end, there were things I liked and things I didn't with this one, and as of right now, I'm undecided on whether I'll continue with the series.
❃❃Reader copy provided by NetGalley and HARLEQUIN