Detective Jackson Cantrell never imagined that one night with an irresistible stranger would turn his life upside down. He’s spent years living in the shadows, but Dr. Michaela Roarke awakened a passion inside him he’d buried years ago.
He never expected the woman would turn out to be the governor’s daughter…and his next assignment. The governor blackmails Jackson to secretly watch over Michaela and protect her from a stalker, or kiss his dream job at the FBI good-bye. Swearing to keep things strictly professional, Jackson moves in with Michaela. Too bad his heart can’t keep the same promise.
But when the stalker’s attacks quickly escalate beyond mere photographs to bodily harm, Jackson must race to save Michaela’s life. And he’ll have to figure out how to keep her once she discovers his lie.
Oh, lordy, lordy, lordy! It’s not often I come over all giddy like a teenager about a book. However, thanks to Robin Covington, I have with this one. I’ve had this book sitting on my Kindle for ages, having purchased it after I’d heard good things about it. After reading it, I wonder why it took me so long.
I’ve got to say Jackson Cantrell has a major case of the Captain Sexypants going on – boy, he reads as hot enough to melt concrete. Good work, Dr Mike in picking that one out at the bar.
I really liked how strong and independent Michaela was, in spite of her upbringing. She didn’t want the protection – just wanting to get on with her new life free from Daddy Dearest – but she wasn’t so proud as to dismiss it out of hand.
Ooh, and the two together….very, very hot. The opening two lines of the book set the tone for me:
Her Junior League membership was toast.
They’d kick her out for what she planned on doing to that man tonight.
Their relationship is intense and super-sexy, but it wasn’t at the expense of the plot. There was a healthy dose of suspense, keeping you constantly guessing. When it came to the baddy, I didn’t actually see that one coming. I hate it when I can tell instantly who it is, so I appreciate that.
The supporting characters, in particular the rest of the Boys, were fantastic and not just there as plot filler. I cannot wait for the rest of the series now. Fantastic effort for any stage of a writing career, however as a first novel, I take my hat off to you, Robin Covington.
My rating: 5 out of 5
Release Date: June 2012