Rookie cop Brandy Wilcox grew up on her own, on the run, and on the wrong side of the tracks. One burning desire drives her—her quest to prove her mother was wrongfully convicted of murder. She never trusted anyone, not until she met her new field training officer Lieutenant Blade Beringer. The Stetson-wearing half of a canine team, Beringer, is honest, fair, and respectable–everything Brandy aspires to be.
Blade finds training the feisty recruit a challenge, especially when Brandy turns him on like no other woman has. He’d like to get close to her in more ways than one…but he shouldn’t. Department rules forbid fraternizing between deputies, and he has personal reasons for avoiding a close emotional relationship with any woman.
When Brandy realizes the number one suspect on her most-wanted list is Blade’s idol, she doubts their growing and forbidden attraction has a snowball’s chance in the Idaho sun.
Will they live long enough to find out if the fragile bond between them can survive? The odds are against them as they investigate a ten-year-old murder case, as they match wits and brawn with a monster rig on a curvy mountainous road, as they tackle a raging torrent-drenched river, dodge bullets, arrows, and radical supremacists, and finally, as they confront madmen in the process of detonating a bomb at the nearby dam.
I was lucky enough to score this book as a freebie on Amazon last week. I was initially attracted to the hot cowboy on the cover, and I figured this would be your typical contemporary Western. This was so much more than typical!
From the first time they meet, under rather interesting circumstances, the main characters are obviously very drawn together. But they’re also newly assigned partners, and Blake is assigned to finish training rookie cop Brandy. That means no fraternization, and so the two must spend most of the book trying to deny their attraction. I loved that they weren’t really trying to hide their interest in each other, there was some heavy flirting going on; they just had to keep holding themselves back. All of the build up made it that much hotter once they got together.
Romance aside, this book also has action and mystery. Years ago Brandy’s mother was convicted of murder, but Brandy is convinced it was a set-up, and is trying to crack the case in her spare time. Her number one suspect is her ex-step-father, the man who happens to be a father figure for Blake. If figuring out a cold case wasn’t enough, Brandy and Blake must try to control the local neo-nazi camp that has been causing problems for the Native Americans in the area, and threatening Brandy and Blake. I stayed up all night reading this one, I couldn’t put it down.
If all of that wasn’t enough, I totally fell in love with the secondary character, Rambo. Rambo is Blake’s retired canine partner, and he is one awesome doggy. Rambo adds love, humor, and heroics to the book.
On multiple occasions I found my heart pounding as I read through one scenario after another, trying to figure out how it was all going to end. I highly recommend this book, it kept my attention all the way to the end.
Reviewed by: Monica