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Top Pick! 4 1/2 stars..."A story that starts with a bang only gets better in Miller's capable hands as she delivers a page-turning story of medical ethics, murder and blackmail and a romance that sizzles." -- Romantic Times BookReviews
USA TODAY Bestselling author Julie Miller writes breathtaking romantic suspense. She's won a National Readers Choice Award and two Daphne du Maurier Awards among other prizes. She was also honored to receive a Career Achievement Award from RT BookReviews. This year she is honored to be a finalist for RWA's prestigious RITA Award. Several of her more than 50 books have appeared on the USA Today, Amazon and BookScan Top 100 Romances bestseller lists.
Writing about Kansas City cops, Julie has crafted the bestselling, award-winning Taylor Clan series for Harlequin Intrigue, as well as its equally successful spin-off series, THE PRECINCT. In addition, Ms. Miller has published several single-title romantic suspense books with a paranormal twist. Millions of copies of her books have been sold in print and e-format around the world.
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I have enjoyed all the books in this (and related) series by Julie Miller, but I must confess that this one truly resonated and has stuck with me. It's one of the few already-read books I keep on my Kindle so I can revisit it.
The summary and other reviewers have provided the main points of the story, so I won't do so here. But I think it is worth highlighting the emotional resonance that the author captures and shares with us.
Kevin Grove just tugged on my heartstrings throughout the whole story.
**spoilerish comments ahead**
He has been wounded due to his physical presence (VERY large - but nicely muscular! - body and somewhat harsh facial features). He even felt rejected by his mother, though his grandmother is a love and we get to see how tender this big bear of a man is in how he treats her. When another woman strung him along and essentially set him up on charges of harrassment - potentially putting his career in jeopardy - he shut down further. He simply assumed love and relationships were not meant for someone like him. He saw himself as a "lonesome beast" and that just about broke my heart for him. Pulling even more on the heartstrings - and I don't even care if it might seem over-the-top or manipulative - is his relationship with his dog. A big, slobbery rescue dog named Daisy who had been terribly treated and left with a patchwork of fur tufts and bald patches rather than any attractive, gleaming coat of fur. He recognized a kindred spirit, and even bought a house so she could have the space she needed.
Happily, Beth is exactly the sort of heroine he needs AND deserves. She's simply lovely.Read more ›
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Finally!... we have a h that let's the man with the badge/gun protect her without trying to do it herself, especially when she is not equipped or knowledgeable about do or die situations. Beth the good girl next door fresh off the farm has wandered into a nest of vipers that want her dead for information they believe she has. She will enlist the help of her new next door neighbor, a Cop for the Kansas City Police Force. In less than a week they will expose a Corporate Pharmaceutical cover-up to release unsafe drugs to the public, solve a murder and fall in love. Talk about efficient, this was a very tidy little story that kept you turning the pages to the end.
I'm a sucker for any variation of The Beauty and The Beast theme, when I saw this book recommended in the Romance Forum I thought I would give it a try and I'm very happy I did. ....thanks to the poster that recommended Beauty and The Badge. I've read a few books in the Harlequin Intrigue line and can say so far this is one of the best. Beth reaction to being attacked and finding herself in the middle of criminal situations was believable. She did what any rational person would do....she called the Police and followed their instructions to minimize the risk of being hurt or killed. Kevin was the type of Cop you want around 24/7 and 365. Fresh from a bad relationship that had him further doubting his appeal to women because of his size and lack of Hollywood good looks he tries to keep a professional distant from his neighbor as he finds himself getting more involved in her case. Although their initial meeting was rocky they both feel an underlining attraction for each other that Kevin does his best to fight. Beth is willing to take a chance on the Cop with the gruff exterior and a heart of gold.Read more ›
I love Julie Miller's books and this was the first one that I read by her. It's slightly different from the type of books I usually read. Instead of a good looking male leading character, you have one that isn't the typical male character of romantic suspense. He knows he's not good looking but has all the other more attractive inner characteristics. The female lead is attracted to him even without his typical good looks. I would definitely recommend it to others!
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I loved this book. Beth and Kevin captured my heart. I loved the way Beth always second guessed herself. I could see myself doing that if I was in her situation. I loved the way Kevin protected Beth. Kevin was a rough guy, that didn't want to help. But Beth melted his heart little by little. This was one of my favorite books, and I can see myself rereading this book latter on. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did! I love books with lots of action, and romance,this book had the perfect blend of both!
Here is a sample from chapter 5. Another whisper of movement, darker than snow, stopped her in her tracks. Black coat. Black stocking cap. Dark eyes. A faceless figure walking straight down the middle of the driving lane. Toward her. Her jeep was right there, four cars away. But the dark figure kept coming. She could get inside, lock her doors.
No. Not enough time. Beth quickly reversed course. The footsteps followed. "Help" Fear poured into her veins. She broke into a jog, shouted through the echoing steel and concrete. "Help me!" Ignoring crosswalks and warning signs, she zigzagged through the cars and ran straight for the railing at the edge of the garage. The footsteps grew louder, moved faster. Beth hoisted herself up the railing, swung her legs over. The shadow rushed up behind her as she dropped down onto the other side.
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