Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: 2
After discovering one of her patients dead in her office, Doctor Annie McCall finds herself on the run for her life. Detective Marshall Thomas isn't afraid to break the rules and offers her refuge. The only problem is who'll protect Annie from him?
Marshall hadn't counted on his primary suspect creating such a dilemma in his life. But once he discovers someone wants her dead, he is determined to keep his mind on the job in order to find the killer and to keep her safe.
As they struggle to stay one step ahead of the killer, their attraction for each other spirals out of control. And soon the only danger Annie's facing is the heat between them.
In the middle of the night, Dr. Annie McCall’s phone rings. The man on the other end claims to be her patient, and begs her to meet him at her office. When Annie arrives, she finds her patient on the ground, dead as a doornail, and crashes into the arms of Detective Marshall Thomas before she can gather her bearings. There begins a wild ride guaranteed to leave the reader at the edge of their seat.
This book was a lot of fun. You have Annie, whose only companion is her talking bird, Harold (who was a hoot, and my favorite character), and Marshall, whose current idea of “getting lucky” revolves around a home-cooked meal from his mother. Both desperately needed human connection, if only to forget about the tragedy and deception of their past. Toss in a murder mystery and you have the makings of a helluva novel.
Having said that, there were times I found the plot a bit formulaic. I suppose this could easily be a result of having read way too many romantic suspenses wherein the heroine is taken into protective custody by the cop hero, but this angle seems a bit overused. Granted, Ms. Richards used it just as well as others, giving each character a rich background wherein Annie truly had nowhere else to go.
Overall, this is a hot, exciting read that delivers exactly what it promises.
3 ½ Tea Cups!