Series: The Intelligence Unit, #5, #5
Published by Kimberly Kincaid Romance on October 18th 2022
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His partner’s most trusted informant is his only hope…and his only weakness.
When Detective Liam Hollister is assigned to an assault-turned-murder, he brings his signature three “C”s: control, calm, and composure. The “C” he wasn’t counting on? His partner’s informant, Carmen Desoto, who’s not only the key to unlocking his case.
The sexy, sharp-tongued nurse is the only person who’s ever gotten under Liam’s skin. Driven him crazy.
Made him want the one thing he can’t have.
And now they have to go undercover together to catch a killer.
Liam knows he must keep Carmen at a distance, no matter how hard it is to resist. But when the scheme they uncover puts them directly in danger, distance isn’t an option.
They’ll have to fight together if they want to make it out alive.
Kimberly Kindcaid’s latest is a solid read through and through, capturing the awkwardness, longing and unease of mistakenly unrequited feelings…that would have probably stayed that way for much longer if not for a case of blackmail and fraud that brings two quite unlikely people together.
Liam Hollister and Carmen Desoto aren’t the kind of pairing I’d see at first sight, but Kincaid presents a compelling case of the both of them together as they navigate events of their pasts that come to light in the present. Past the UST, both Liam and Carmen become a team and pretty much fight for each other the whole way; the latter is scrappy, tenacious and just so resilient that it’s hard not to like her. In contrast, Liam’s cool steadiness is her foil, but also a support that has them convincingly going undercover together even as thing start to get steamy between them.
I can very clearly see the lines of conflict that Kincaid has drawn in the story and it’s cleverly done in a way that keeps you guessing how things are going to come to a head even though you do see the climax a mile away. It’s compelling enough that I lost a little sleep over it…but for a story like this? It’s probably worth it.