Series: Serve and Protect #1
Published by Self Published on April 14, 2010
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Criminal defense attorney Suzannah Phelps is the bane of the Fredericton police department (they call her She-Rex for her habit of shredding cops in the witness box). She is currently being stalked, but is reluctant to report it to the police, whom she half suspects of being the perpetrators. But when Detective John (Quigg) Quigley learns of it, he's determined to protect her, at considerable risk to his career. They've struck sparks off each other in the courtroom, and he's burning to do the same in the bedroom. When the danger escalates, he has the perfect excuse to pose as her boyfriend, but the closer they get, the more the lines between pretense and reality blur.
Suzannah Phelps is a formidable defense attorney, renowned for shredding the prosecution’s cases. When she starts receiving frightening messages and evidence of a stalker, Detective John Quigley makes it his personal mission to provide protection as she’s reluctant to rely on the cops who’ve been on the witness stand in front of her in court. That includes him moving in and “appearing” to be her lover.
I really enjoyed this story even though it had some issues (Quigley’s eyes changed color halfway through). Both Suzannah and John definitely had physical chemistry but had some pretty significant differences that made it interesting. Rather than succumb to the lust, their attraction and her need for protection created a means for them to get to know each other first. It gave me time to develop strong feelings for both of them and root for their relationship.
The balance is more to the romance even though the stalker’s presence is always in the background. I still enjoyed the mystery and suspense aspect even if it was slightly overshadowed by Suzanne’s relationship with John.
I definitely plan to continue the series as I like the secondary characters and the direction of the stories.