Jonah Landers’s promotion to detective isn’t going so well. His first undercover operation is a disaster thanks to Rafael Santos, a Cuban-American detective so far undercover, no one on Rafael’s Miami-based squad even had a clue he’d already infiltrated the prostitution ring Jonah was targeting. Two years and an insane twist of fate later, Jonah finds himself transferred from Orlando and partnered up with Rafael in Miami—and their rocky beginning doesn’t get any better.
For the sake of their careers and because he realizes he’s falling for Rafael, Jonah makes every attempt to smooth things over and move on with his love life. He turns his attention to A.J. Choya, a Seminole Indian who runs the tech department. But there’s no spark between them, and Jonah has to admit his feelings for Rafael aren’t going away.
Forced Impressions by Piper Doone follows Jonah Landers from his promotion to detective through his horribly botched first undercover assignment, where he meets Rafael Santos. The two men do not get off to a good start, so Jonah is chagrinned to discover that Rafael is assigned to be his partner after a transfer to Miami two years later.
Forced Impressions was easily the best book I’ve read all year. It’s a gritty, realistic enemies-to-lovers story that had me on the edge of my seat (and up way past my bedtime) from the first page to the last. Despite a few questionable choices in his love life (sorry, A.J.!) Jonah’s optimistic persona offered the Miami police force, specifically, Rafael, a measure of hope in an otherwise jaded population. On the other hand, Rafael was fantastically written with enough cracks in his hardened exterior to show his vulnerability. Doone took readers right to the heart of the Miami underbelly and made them fall in love with the people down there. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romantic suspense with a enemies-to-lovers backdrop. Five stars.