This is the second book I’ve read from Paula Graves Cooper series and I’ve enjoyed both of them. Sam’s niece and daughter, Maddy, are attacked alone at home. Kristen is investigating the case with her partner. She is assigned as a bodyguard to Maddy and that’s how their interaction and involvement begins.
Maddy has a very difficult time being around children, or at least believes that she will not be able to relate to them and take care of them in any way. This irritates Sam a great deal especially since his ex-wife, Nora, did not take any interest in their daughter. But these feelings stem from a very tragic event in Kristen’s past. Despite that, Sam is still at times not sure whether he should further the attraction Kristen and him share. He doesn’t want Maddy to suffer. Nonetheless, it was a good romance where we get to see their feelings grow quickly. Overall, I might have given it a 5, but there were too many negative occurrences that were too common sense for characters to make.
- The ex-wife, Nora, is engaged and not looking to get Maddy and Sam back.
- When one of the two main lead characters was crying from a nightmare, the other lead didn’t come into sooth the person, it was someone else. Which is great because a very large number of the Harlequin Intrigue books include a nightmare where one of the two lead characters comforts the other.
- A nice epilogue with a very cute gift given to Kristen from Sam.
- TSTL moment. After the whole thing about keeping Maddy safe, and not even more than two days after the attack, they let her be taken to dinner with someone that does not have any skills in providing protection. Even though what happened at the Inn wasn’t an attack, the fact that Maddy was allowed to leave despite the danger, is very careless. I wish authors wouldn’t include these scenes where characters belittle the danger which they themselves made a big deal about.
- Also, nothing was confirmed about the first man that was caught, and yet Maddy was allowed to go back to school, without the bodyguard. There was security there, but then what about the role of the bodyguard?
- It didn’t really seem like Kristen was a bodyguard for Maddy. She was away from her several times. Even though she has a room at their house, there’s no point since she didn’t really hang out with her after the first couple of days. Most of the story focused on her doing investigating.
- There was another unidentified man that went to see Kristen’s mother with a picture of Maddy. Even though the guy went to the mother, Kristen didn't connect it to Maddy’s case…seriously. It would have made sense if even the slightest explanation or justification was given for why the connection didn’t get made, but we just see the characters not even thinking of the slightest reason one case could be connected to the other when it is so obvious it might be. Another very common bad point in Harlequin Intrigue books.