Published by Harlequin on December 16th 2014
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His painful past is their present danger...
The last thing US Marshal Brent Thompson needs is distraction from his work. But distraction—in the form of a sexy Chicago investigator—is exactly what he gets. Jenna Hayward is as alluring as she is determined, driven to help apprehend the murderer who killed Brent's mother twenty-three years ago. With a shared mission—and a steadily rising attraction that jeopardizes Brent's resolve to stay unattached—the pair must work together to get answers…before the murderer makes them his next victims.
Brent Thompson’s waking moment has been consumed by the need to find his mother’s murderer – an obsession that has lasted 23 years. Finally Jenna Hayward gets on this case and as a former beauty-queen turned investigator, puts them on the path to discovery and danger.
Brent is interesting enough a character; I’ve always found tough nuts to crack and repressed (but devoted and dutiful) types more alluring than the garden-variety womaniser but Jenna rubbed me the wrong way from the start with the way she uses her cleavage to get information, her extreme insecurities about her looks and the constant need for approval.
Nope, not too much sympathy from me there.
I couldn’t really buy the cliche of her being a former contestant (as though we need untouchable beauties in romance novels anymore) who later tried and failed to join the FBI, despite Adrienne Giordano’s effort in making her realistic. Asking for a plastic surgeon when she got a cut on her face, then hiding it later was pretty much the last straw for me (vanity trumps the urgency of the case, I imagine) and I started skimming through the pages from that point onwards.