No one would guess that dedicated teacher Arden Forbes is a billionaire. His profession gives him a purpose that wealth alone can’t provide. He’s developing another passion, too, for Keera Thompson, the new principal. She’s beautiful, enigmatic, guarded, and—after a series of violent school break-ins—in need of protection. And Arden is eager to supply it. But what he wants most is to unearth the mysteries that surround her.

After a troubling past, Keera thought she’d be safe in this sleepy town and that she’d never be shaken again. Yet nothing has unsettled Keera more than her desire for Arden—honorable, gorgeous, and available when she craves him. But despite their explosive chemistry, when it comes to letting Arden in, Keera has her limits…and her secrets.

As the threats escalate, Keera fears that everything she’s been running from is closing in, and there’s only one man to trust. But will the truth drive Arden away…or will it bring the two closer than ever before?

Titles in the Undercover Billionaire series include:  Kian – Arden –

Title:  Arden
Series:  Undercover Billionaires #2
Author:  Melody Anne
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  June 26, 2018
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
My Rating:  4.5 stars

First off, let me admit upfront that I have never met a book by Melody Anne that I did not love.  She has a way with billionaires that is witty, quirky, sexy and down to earth all at the same time.  So the Undercover Billionaire series is simply pure enjoyment for me.  I will warn you though that you’ll probably lose your heart to a former police dog by the name of Max.  Max steals scenes and hearts with abandon… and I want a pup just like him for my own guard dog to love… my little Sheltie, Harley, will just have to make room for a new friend.

Arden is my favorite type of romance with a mystery involved because there are layers to this story, ones that we won’t know the truth about until the end of the story… or maybe the series.  That’s the type of plot and characters that grab my attention and will not let go because I have to solve the puzzle.  Arden and Keera work well together, are a believable couple and the steam level from these two is off the charts.  Trouble is, they both have secrets, although by far Keera’s are the more worrisome.  Watching this couple fall in lust and in love, learning to trust completely and discover why someone is after Keera was an intense and enjoyable adventure.  I’m not convinced that we have all the answers from this story, but then this is a series and I expect story lines to be woven through the fabric of the entire series.  It’s gong to be interesting to see where the next book takes us, and I, for one, cannot wait.  If you love a steamy romance, a mystery puzzle to solve… and an adorable dog then you’ll want to pick up Arden real soon.  I had a blast and I’m betting you will, too.  I’d recommend this story and this series to any Contemporary Romance reader who enjoys interesting characters, a few puzzles to solve and a damned good story.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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