Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Romance, Small Town Romance, Suspense
Sexy-as-sin Police Chief Mike Flannery knows the new arrival to Hopewell Springs is trouble. She has a smoking-hot body and a quick wit…and he’ll be damned if that’s not a turn-on. But this former NYPD cop and small-town heartthrob has been burned before, and there’s no way he’ll let that happen again.
New York City Detective Cassie Yates is on the run. A six-month undercover sting in a sleazy bar seemed like a textbook arrest—but now there’s a hit out on her. Armed with fake ID, her K-9 companion, and a police-issued SUV, she flees to a quiet upstate town where she trades her badge and gun for a spatula, finally finding peace in the dream she tossed aside to follow her family into law enforcement.
There’s no denying the fire and ice between them. But as the hired assassin closes in, Mike’s past comes roaring back and secrets are revealed in an explosion destined to tear them apart—if not destroy them.
Man oh man this book was so close to being a five star review for me, I really liked it, I liked it a lot actually. Truth be told I have no idea why I picked out this book, other than I think I was looking for a firefighter book and the title made me think it would have firemen, but it turns out the book was about cops, lots and lots of cops. And it was a fun ride, not at all what I was expecting but a fun ride.
So I really, really, really liked our heroine, Cassie. She’s my kind of chick. She’s an undercover cop, and she is super good at her job. She has a dog that she loves, Raven, who used to be a K-9, but is now just her pet. After completely an assignment she finds out that a hit has been taken out on her, instead of going into protective custody which would mean just being stifled and watched by a bunch of cops, she got out of town. The thing about Cassie is that she went into being a cop because it was kind of the family business but what she really loved was food, and she wanted to be a chef. So when she finds herself in a small town restaurant in need of a new chef, she jumps at the chance. I really liked seeing her come into her own and really get a sense of home in this new place, she has a job she loves and she really bonds with the people in the town. Only problem is that she has to keep who she is a secret, no one even knows her real name. The problem of course is the super hot police chief who she has out of control chemistry with, and who without a doubt knows she is hiding something.
Police Chief Mike, is why the book didn’t get a full five stars for me. Don’t get me wrong, I did really like him. He’s kind of a great guy, and he’s a great small town police chief who lives to protect and serve. I liked how he handled his suspicions about Cassie, he’s not outwardly hostile to her, just asks questions whenever he has the opportunity. He is very attracted to Cassie, and even though she seems to have a strict no cops rule when it comes to dating, he is still interested, against his own better judgement. Ultimately my problem with Mike is his past and how he responds to it. He has some serious hang ups when it comes to relationships because he got burned in a big way, but when the truth inevitably comes out about Cassie, he doesn’t handle it well, which would have been understandable to me, except he takes it to a place that really doesn’t gel for me, I mean he basically makes Cassie out to be exactly the same as his ex would have been, and the two situations are completely different which is why I was frustrated with him.
I really did like story itself, I loved the chemistry between the two of them, and honestly the whole suspenseful element going on was really great, it made the read so much more exciting. I love trying to put the pieces together, and I started figuring it out about half way through, but I wasn’t 100% sure, which I liked. Honestly the story is just really well written, and super enjoyable for me. If you like suspenseful romances with cops then you should definitely check this book out.