Published by William Morrow on May 10th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
FINAL DECISION: Different than I expected from the description, this book is about two guarded people who are forced together and unexpectedly find peace and love. Less suspense and more traditional romance, this is a solid book that lacks the power of Howard’s best but is a good read.
THE STORY: Morgan Yancy, a team leader for a paramilitary group, is ambushed and almost killed. To protect him, Morgan is sent to a small West Virginian town and told to lay low. Morgan ends up the housemate of Isabeau “Bo” Maran, the part time administrative police chief. Bo isn’t happy to house Morgan, but she can’t turn the recovering man away. Bo knows that Morgan is trouble just when her life seems to be going right.
OPINION: This was an enjoyable, although not outstanding, read. I expected the book to be more suspense than it was. It ended up being bookended by the suspense story but the middle is really a standard romance. I really liked the quiet between these characters. Morgan and Bo are both loners and not used to opening up to others. The quiet time they spend together, the peaceful, alone time they spend was what made their relationship work.
The gentle way in which the two open up and end up finding understanding and companionship withe one another was the best part of the book. The romance takes a slow journey which was good and worth reading.
I thought the suspense part of the story was fairly predictable with no real surprises as to the villain of the tale.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book is primarily romance with a smattering of suspense thrown in.
CONNECTED BOOKS: TROUBLEMAKER is a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.