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Former small-town football hero turned cop, Joe Kessler never met a linebacker, perp, or a woman he couldn’t handle. Then a troubled single mom walks into his life, and the only place this hot jock will ever see ‘easy’ again is in the dictionary.
Hiding out in Broslin, PA was working pretty well for Wendy Belle until Cop Casanova took her under his protection. Now she’ll either lose her life to one man, or her heart to another.Review:
I must say…. a VERY good book. I was about 75 percent done and knew I would rate the book as a 5 out of 5 (but wishing I could rate it higher)! The writing, story and characters all grabbed me from the very beginning and never let me go!
While the subject matter, a women being abused by her baby’s father, is disturbing in itself – I found the author writing about Wendy’s life and the challenges that go along with being in an abusive relationship respectfully articulated. The progression of Wendy through the stages of moving on from an abusive relationship was depicted well.
The humor aspects of the books were also well written….for example:
“Do cops strip women naked a lot in the course of the average workday? He could hear the tentative smile in her voice. He liked it. “Not as much as we wish.””
Who could not help but chuckle at that statement?
Additionally, I loved the slow evolution of the relationship between Wendy and Joe. Joe was a respectful, hard- working cop whose upstanding values shone through. He was patient with Wendy as he had previous work related experience with women in abusive relationships. I was intrigued as to why the author had Wendy and Joe have an “intimate past” three months prior, for essentially one single evening. I expect reading the prior books in the series would possibly provide an answer to this, but it did not detract from this book.
The book also kept my interest as it contained more than one (and even more than two) story lines. AND, how the storylines intersected was not as how I guessed, so the mystery part of the story was strong and alive for me throughout my read.
I am now a fan of Dana Marton and intend to read books #1, 2, 3 and 5 in the series!!!!