Series: Private Protectors #1
Published by Carina Press on November 1, 2011
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Roxann Thorgesson's world is out of control. After her father suffers a fatal heart attack, she must take over as publisher of Chicago's second-largest newspaper. Then her ex-boyfriend Michael Taylor, CEO of his own security company, shows up needing a favor. The last thing Roxann needs is Michael around causing trouble--and potential heartbreak--but he's involved in a scandalous story she can't pass up.
Twelve years ago, Michael walked out on Roxann without explanation. Now he needs her help. Michael's estranged wife has been murdered and he is the prime suspect. He offers something no newspaperwoman could refuse: exclusive access to his headline-making murder accusation, in exchange for her help in uncovering the true killer. When their investigation leads them to a city hall conspiracy, both their lives and their newly reignited flame could be permanently extinguished...
It’s been 12 years since Michael Taylor walked away from Roxann Thorgesson, leaving her without explanation. He’s now head of a highly successful private security company and she’s the publisher of a Chicago newspaper. But, his soon to be ex-wife’s been murdered and Michael’s now the prime suspect. It’s a long shot but he reaches out to Roxann for help in investigating the case to clear his name.
Roxann’s turned the devastating loss of Michael into an outstanding professional success, even though things on the personal front are lacking. Michael’s marriage was a disaster, a serious understatement, so when he steps back into her life, there’s possibility. He had to work hard to regain her trust while still not being forthcoming about his reasons for abandoning her years ago. I must admit I figured out most of it before his big reveal. Even so, these were two very admirable characters who you wanted reunited and I liked the journey a lot. I enjoyed them and all the struggle getting there.
Roxann teams with Michael to try to figure out who his wife may have crossed to get her killed. I enjoyed the aspect of investigative reporting being the structure for solving this mystery. It tied in nicely to some other things going on at the newspaper that made the situation even more complex. Again, I figured out the identity of one of the villains but was blindsided by another. The twists and turns to unravel the cases were well structured and interesting.
The bottom line
This is my first book by Giordano and I definitely plan to continue the series. I really liked Roxann, presented as a strong woman who wasn’t afraid to take risks professionally and personally. I had to warm up to Michael given his early behavior and loved how he was developed. The story is well written, interesting and emotionally compelling. I liked both the romance and the mystery, making for a strong start to the series.
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