Due Diligence, by Anna Zabo

cover-annazabo-duediligence.jpgA business trip leads to a surprise encounter with an old flame in this sexy romance from the author of Just Business.

After Fazil Kurt breaks up with his girlfriend, a business trip to Seattle offers some much-needed time away. Sent by S.R. Anderson Consulting, Fazil is there to help audit Singularity Storage, a company they are trying to save. His first discovery is intriguing to say the least: One of Singularity’s engineers is Todd Douglas, Fazil’s first love.

He knows better than to get personally involved on a job like this. Back in high school, Todd broke Fazil’s heart more times than he could count, but both men have grown so much since then—and Fazil never could say no to Todd…


June 21, 2016
InterMix, a Penguin Books imprint
Takeover, book 3
277 e-book pages
3rd person
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I’ve had a few anxieties over the years about running into lovers of the past and how that would play out. I think I’d duck-n-dodge and dive under a rock, move to another country. For me, once it’s done, it’s done — no going back, and I don’t even want to see them again. I’ve been lucky on that front. Thus far.

So when Fazil arrives at a client’s office and sees Todd for the first time in fifteen years. Whoa.

But, then again, I don’t have a past lover who feels like The One That Got Away.

Fazil and Todd? Yeah, they messed up a long time ago. They were young and saw life through the narrow lens of adolescence. Then KA-POW. What should have been a relatively routine visit to a client goes all kinds of tilt-a-whirl sideways taking us along for the ride.

Second Chance Romance — even though I think the idea for myself is ludicrous and implausible — I love to see it in books. I love reading about characters who were separated for any reason find their way back to one another. And I love when that reunion isn’t easy. I love when they have to work for it. To take two characters who fit like puzzle pieces but were torn apart, reshape them by time and experience then see how they fit years down the road? And to see them fit in better ways? Yeah, this was Fazil and Todd.

“The past can be overcome. While there’s life, there’s hope.”

Man, did they have to WORK for it. Overcome perceptions of the past. Forgive themselves and each other for a host of mistakes. And…then they had to figure out how not to make those mistakes again, find the path forward together.

But they took that chance, and it was beautiful!

In the middle of all that personal drama is a metric-ton of corporate drama — and some of it, frankly, was painful. Todd’s work environment was heinous. In books, as in life, I don’t deal so well with bigotry. I want it dealt with swiftly because I don’t want to carry that negativity with me for pages upon pages. Here, it poked its ugly head in a time or two and was dealt with quickly enough but never quite as harshly as I’d hoped since the monsters kept reappearing. It’s not a fault of the book…it’s just, unfortunately, a reflection of life that we have to be ever vigilant to combat the many faces of hatred.

Sam and Eli and Justin from the previous books are in and out of this along the way making this series feel more and more like a community — one I want to live in. Particularly the coffee shop.

This series has been so much fun, and I’m kicking myself in the ass for taking so long to get caught up. Don’t be me. Don’t put it off — because book four, Daily Grind is SPECTACULAR. (My review is posting tomorrow.)

ALSO! Anna is dropping in on February 27th with a GUEST POST! Don’t miss it.

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About the Author:

Anna Zabo writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow, and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think.

Anna has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, where he fell in with a roving band of romance writers and never looked back. Anna also has a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

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