Series: FBI/US Attorney #4
Published by Berkley on April 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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HE’S USED TO GETTING WHAT HE WANTS…
A former football star and one of Chicago’s top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker’s help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator’s table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate—and he’s not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.
AND WHAT HE WANTS IS HER
A savvy businesswoman, Brooke knows she needs to play ball with the U.S. Attorney’s office—even if it means working with Cade. No doubt there’s a sizzling attraction beneath all their sarcastic quips, but Brooke is determined to keep things casual. Cade agrees—until a surprising turn of events throws his life into turmoil, and he realizes that he wants more than just a good time from the one woman with whom he could fall terrifyingly, irresistibly in love…
Snagged at the Library!
Assistant US Attorney Cade Morgan meets Brooke Parker, general counsel for a restaurant company, when he needs to set up a sting at one of her dining locales. Though there’s obviously an attraction, her past relationships haven’t survived the rigors of her career and he never has progressed beyond casual.
Though there’s an element of suspense centered around the sting, it’s minor as the real issues are focused on Cade and Brooke’s relationship. It takes a while for the two of them to even admit they were in one. Their friends figured it out before they did. She’s smart, driven and operating in a male-dominated arena so she’s a challenge for Cade. He’s attractive, successful but his normal “Barbie” date allows him to get away with keeping it casual.
What really works
Brooke and Cade’s relationship is honest, sexy and steamy. It evolves in spite of the two of them, developing slowly and naturally, which is one of the highlights of the story. Both of them are multi-dimensional characters with lots to like about them individually and as an unconventional couple. Their banter is clever, fresh and fun. When serious challenges arise for both of them, the impact on the two are handled realistically and emotionally. Their reactions will hook you emotionally.
The bottom line
I’m a big fan of this series even though it morphed from romantic suspense to contemporary romance with light elements of suspense. The stories are always well written with carefully designed characters who are incredibly interesting. This one is one of my favorites because of the dialogue, the depths of the characters and the relationship conflicts that ring true and relevant. I breezed through this story and was sorry to reach the end.