By Susan Fox
Copyright: September 2013
Publisher: Zebra Contemporary Romance
Brooke Kincaid knows second chances don’t come cheap. She’s spent five years repairing past mistakes and making her life in Caribou Crossing steady and predictable. But now a stranger’s Harley has shattered her fence and her peace of mind in one swoop. Brooke is drawn to everything about wounded undercover cop Jake Brannon—his raw masculinity, his tenderness, and the undisguised desire that makes her feel more alive than she’s ever been.
By rights, Brooke should curse Jake for complicating her life. Instead, she’s offered him a place to heal and a cover story as he searches for a wanted man. Jake knows she’s vulnerable, but she’s also strong, kind, and hotter than hellfire. It’s a combination that could make even a die-hard loner long to put up his boots and put down roots at last, and show her just how good a second chance can get…
Brooke has worked hard to change the minds of her neighbors and prove that she’s changed, and moved beyond being the person they knew for many years. Having what to her appears to be a gang banger biker crash into her fence (with requisite bullet wound) is not helping her peace of mind. Let’s not forget the fact that even with his gruff exterior and threats of mayhem if she doesn’t do what he wants, she’s finding feeling for him that she has not felt in ages.
Jake is an undercover cop who is now in trouble and must let this strange woman help him without giving himself away. Together they will both find out things about each other and themselves that will hopefully make them both better and stronger people.
Factor in Brooke’s son and family, and the extended family and you have not only a mystery but a romance that will keep you spellbound from the first page to the last. I found the characters to be believable and compelling (having a cop for a son in law, and a cousin who spent his career in Military Intelligence made it easy).
FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher who only asked for a fair and impartial review.