A decorated police officer, more intent on justice than following the letter of the law, lands in trouble when a gorgeous schoolteacher finds a dead body on the beach. Officer Donovan Andrews knows how to have a good time—ask any woman in town. But when it comes to men abusing their wives or children, Donovan takes it upon himself to make them regret it. Madeline Scott is unlucky in love. All she wants is a quiet place to heal, away from cheating, womanizing men. However, her life is far from peaceful once she stumbles across the body and witnesses someone fleeing the scene. Terror spreads in Pleasant View when the small community hears a killer is on the loose. All evidence points to Donovan, and he realizes someone is trying to frame him. When troubling suspicions from his past surface, even fellow officers believe he’s guilty. Madeline might be the only person who can clear his name, but first he has to win her trust. The body count rises and no one is safe. The murderer makes it clear Madeline is next. Soon, Donovan’s whole world is focused on protecting her and keeping himself out of prison. The more time he spends with her, the harder it is to fight his growing attraction. However, she’s been burned by love, and convincing Madeline he’s interested in something more than hot sex may prove harder than keeping her alive.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. In this 3 star book, Crime and Passion, has a lot of both of those in Madeline’s story. The suspense of the book kept me wanting to turn the page and figure out these crimes that kept popping up. Right when I thought I figured it out, wham, something happened that threw me off the murder’s path. I love books like that, I normally can figure out the criminal in murder mysteries, but this story kept tricking me. And the passion between Madeline and Donovan was H-O-T! I was rooting for them right from the beginning. The only thing I’d change about the book, may be the title. When I’m shopping for a new book, I normally get drawn in my the title and then the cover. I don’t think I would’ve picked up this book, cause the title reminds me of a love novel you can pick up in the grocery store, and this book is a lot more than that! I would recommend this book as a definite beach read (or snowed in read…!) and it’s a great reminder to never “judge a book by it’s cover.” Xo!
Chantel once thought a great mystery or fantasy book with strong romantic themes was the highest level of reading bliss. After reading her first romantic suspense novel, she never looked back. Before long, the need to create her own stories took over. She spends her daytime in the clinical profession of medical transcriptionist, but her passion is in the blissful hours she spends with her characters in the evenings. Chantel lives in the western United States. When she isn’t writing, she loves playing cards with her family, bowling, or snuggling with her lazy kitties.
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