Detective Mike Sterling walked away from his dream job telling himself it was to honor the promise he’d made his mother, while lying in a Chicago emergency room. A year later, he’s still fighting the demons that followed him back to his boyhood town.
Taryn Watts is an award-winning designer, going from project to project, living from a suitcase. Her plan for Renlend Kansas was the same as always. Go in, get the job done and get out, just the way she likes it. Growing up as a cop’s daughter, her every move was controlled. When she escaped to college she vowed to never fall in love with a cop –ever. Until she found herself sitting across from the ruggedly handsome stranger. Looking into Mike’s ice blue eyes they pulled her, called to her, but there was a haunting in them she knew too well.
Mike is drawn to Taryn, her passion for her work and her stunning beauty left him breathless, but what surprises him
most is the peace he feels when he’s near her. Maybe it’s because Taryn is a temporary addition to his town and his secret is safe, or maybe it’s because she makes him feel safe. Mike knows he can’t keep up this charade and when Taryn moves to Renlend for an extended stay he can’t hide the truth any longer.
Can Taryn forget he’s a cop and give him her heart, or will his demons drive them apart?
I was kind of hoping this was a time-traveling novel a la “Hot Tub Time Machine”, but alas, this was not the case. I put my disappointment aside quickly, however, and soldiered on! Mike is a damaged man. He’s back in his hometown, trying to work through some issues of betrayal. Taryn is a designer, in town for work. She and Mike meet, but it’s
not all hot sex from the beginning (don’t worry, this comes later). Taryn comes from a family of controlling cops, so she has zero interest in dating one.
And Mike is not looking for a woman to get involved with. Can they break down each other’s defenses and give each other a shot for something really great? Can Mike find his way back?
The chemistry between Mike and Taryn is off the charts. Even what starts out as a bit of an adversarial relationship becomes SO hot when they finally hook up (I don’t consider that a spoiler because, come on, you knew it would happen). The build up between these two as they transition from friends to something else is one of my favorite things about this book. Both these character also have really funny moments, and are both really good characters. This is a short story, around 140 pages, but it’s pacing and character development don’t feel rushed.
So, it wasn’t Hot Tub Time Machine, but it was a good book. I’m not sure it was all that original, but it definitely kept me engaged and kept me reading. And the sex made my kindle steam!
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