Book Review: Claiming Alexis (Ace Security) by Susan Stoker

Claiming Alexis is the second book in the Ace Security series by Susan Stoker. The first book was Claiming Grace, which I really enjoyed. I highly suggest reading this series in order, because the character and larger story arc development continues from book to book. 

Nothing is more important to Blake Anderson than the work he does with his brothers at Ace Security. At least that’s what he thinks until he meets the fiercely independent Alexis Grant. The security firm’s new intern pushes all his buttons—and makes his temperature rise. But giving in to temptation might be risky business. Alexis can tell that Blake has his doubts about her ability to commit. But while most people look at her and see only a flighty rich girl, she knows he sees much more. Determined to prove herself to Blake, Alexis jumps at the chance to work undercover. And when her case takes a dangerous turn, she puts her trust—and her heart—in his hands. Now, as Alexis digs into the deadly secrets of a local gang, Blake will lay everything on the line to protect the woman he’s come to love.

Claiming Alexis starts right after Grace's story stopped. The foundation of character development and the friend slash coworker relationship between Alexis and Blake has already been established. I like that we get insight into Alexis's mind, that the struggles that she has had, but felt like Blake's issues were not really dealt with, although based on his home life growing up we know they are there. I liked the way the Anderson brothers work and support everyone they consider part of their family, and anyone needing help. My only issue was Alexis' need to prove herself and put herself at risk, above and beyond anything I thought was sensible, but that is just me. I liked the character interaction, but think that anyone who skipped the first book would be lost as to the pre-established relationship and the need to bring down the gang that is causing most of the conflict in this book.

Claiming Alexis did not grab me the same way Claiming Grace did, but I still enjoyed the read and fully intend to continue the series. The only trouble I have is that the third book, Claiming Bailey, is not schedule for release until December. I am looking forward to the third Anderson bother finding his happy ending.
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