Code of Conduct - Smartypants Romance

Code of Conduct

By Smartypants Romance

  • Release Date: 2019-10-15
  • Genre: Suspense
Score: 4.5
From 247 Ratings


** 2021 RWA Vivian Award Finalist - Romantic Suspense **
** Finalist in the 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards **

“The slow-burn romance between Gabriel and Shane becomes delicious torture. This is a winner.” – Publishers Weekly Starred Review

There are three things you need to know about Shane P.I. 

1) P.I. is not her last name, it’s her job title,
2) Her specialty is catching cheaters, and
3) She’s a superhuman – kind of. 

Gabriel is a security expert for Cipher Security, and a former UN Peacekeeper with a fierce protective streak that finds its focus on the beautiful P.I. 
Their attraction is like an elephant in a room full of breakable things, and figuring out how to trust each other with their hearts, and maybe their lives, is the most fragile thing of all. 

'Code of Conduct' is a full-length contemporary romantic suspense, can be read as a standalone, and is book #1 in the Cipher Security series, Knitting in the City World, Penny Reid Book Universe.


  • Great book

    By Noelle Linda
    It was a very good book, but a little long in getting to the details.
  • Enjoyable read

    By PamMcG91
    Believable, imperfect characters. Interesting who done it. A lovely dog. All wrapped in a live story. Penny Reid makes a rainy day a pleasant afternoon.
  • Fun read

    By Crruiz
    I love her other books, and this was just as fun and intriguing. I’ll definitely be reading the others in this series.
  • Code of conduct

    By Reva9526
    Awesome story,characters, descriptions spot on to take the readers mind into the scene settings. Book held my interest from page one to last page...thanks April White for a amazing adventure.
  • Review: Cipher Security 1: Code of Conduct

    By LisaHines711
    Code of Conduct by April White is the third book in the Smartypants Romance series - a set of interconnected standalones set in the Penny Reid multiverse of awesome romance - and is the first book in the Cipher Security series. A story of a wonderfully independent private investigator known as Shane PI and the security guy who is determined to partner with her in more than just the workplace. Set in Chicago on the Security side of Cipher Systems, the romance of Gabe and Shane will have you swooning at his sweetness and honesty and pumping your fist at Shane's straight up feminine awesomeness! The setting for Cipher Systems was fantastic and I'm super excited to see what happens next in the world we first met with Quinn and Janie from the Knitting in the City Series. Loved it! Enjoy!
  • Slow burn romance with a bit of suspense

    By Ladydi232
    Love, Love, LOVE this book!! Code of Conduct reads a bit like a suspenseful urban action adventure with lots of slow burn romance mixed in. Shane, P.I. is a fierce, extraordinary superhero of a heroine. She hides anything that might be considered a weakness and her character really drives this story. Gabriel has to stay on his toes to keep up and there is no way he can fight the incendiary attraction. “Liquid heat. That’s all I was–the sum total of my being. I was on fire and melting from the inside out. Gabriel’s hands burned my face where he held me, his lips singed and his tongue teased mine.” How to explain my FAVORITE thing about this story...? Both the H & h have something in their past that is haunting them and getting in the way of relationships, etc. but while the author reveals the details through the story, she never HARPS on these events. We KNOW and can see the effects of their pasts play out without it being mentioned 800 TIMES!!! “We are full of landmines, you and me. I keep stepping on yours, and mine seem to have hair triggers that explode when I least expect them to.” I’m absolutely IN LOVE with this story, these characters, this author!! Code of Conduct is my first book by this author and I was immediately smitten. The story is truly enmeshed in the Penny Reid universe, seemingly effortlessly incorporating her characters. -5+Stars!-