Review: Lissa Kasey – Model Exposure (Haven Investigations #4)

Author: Lissa Kasey
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Summary:

After being rescued by Ollie, Kade continues to suffer the aftermath of his ordeal, both physically and psychologically. Not knowing how else to clear his head, he pours his energy into Ollie—the love of his life—and Haven Investigations, but neither Ollie nor Kade can continue to ignore what they learned from their last case: Ollie’s brother, Nathan, might have betrayed Kade.

As they dig into Ollie’s past, secrets are revealed. Was Nathan’s death a suicide? Were Ollie’s parents much more than they seemed? Is someone out to kill Ollie, or is it Kade’s past coming back to haunt them again?

Amidst questions and uncertainties, one thing is clear: after everything they have been through together, Kade and Ollie have never been more in love and they want to get married. But first, they’ll have to deal with the continued threat of Kade’s past, the emotional wounds Kade fears are drowning him, and the possibility that everything Ollie believed about his family was a lie. A beautiful happily ever after awaits them—as long as they can survive long enough to make it to the altar.

Review:

Hopefully if you are reading this review, you have read the first three books of this series – Model Citizen, Model Bodyguard and Model Investigator. As an overview, the series is about Oliver “Ollie” Petroskovic, a model who also worked part time for his brother, Nathan, at Petroskovic Haven Investigations, since he is a genius with technology. He thought he had their future set until Nathan was found dead and Ollie was left trying to keep his business running. Kade Alme served in the military with Nathan, spending many of his breaks between tours with the two brothers and when he plans to come home for good, hoped to work with Nathan. The series has followed them through trying to keep the business running and maybe even growing, assert their independence from the past and outside perceptions, a biological family that cannot be properly described in words, the Haven family that becomes their family of choice, including an ex boyfriend who somehow becomes part it as well as dealing with their own inner demons. It has been quite a ride!

This story is told from Kade’s point of view and as the final story in the series, exposure is a perfect title – secrets, vulnerabilities, friendships tested and some plot points from previous stories being solved. I love these two characters, as well as the supporting group that has been growing with each book. On the surface, the two main characters should not work as well as they do, between them they have a laundry list of physical and mental health issues, but when they do get their quiet moments together, they balance each other so well. You really want them to have their happy ending!

The focus of this book is more on their personal lives than the business, they are still dealing with the effects of Kade being held hostage by his family (again), the unanswered question on whether Nathan had betrayed Kade and was Nathan’s death even a suicide? Not to mention the new information uncovered about Ollie’s past and parents. Kade is trying to be strong while Ollie is much stronger than he was at the start of the series and Kade needs to lean on him more. This final story is an emotional roller coaster and you really don’t know how things will play out almost until the end!

As with the other books in this series, Model Exposure is a well paced thriller, contemporary and romance all rolled into one and so very hard to put down! If you are already a fan of Lissa Kasey’s work and this series, I believe you will enjoy this last book – and still love the characters enough that you don’t want it to end! Especially since it would be nice to see what happens with Tomas, maybe even if Jacob finds a happy ending, but at the same time, it is a very satisfying ending to the series and yet another excellent book by this author. If you like books that are mystery/thriller/PI’s with seemingly opposite lead characters, I highly recommend this series. Easily one of my favorite authors and one of my favorite books for 2017.

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