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4.0 out of 5 stars Ending on a High Note
Amanda Stevens wraps up her "Gallagher Justice" trilogy with the best of the three books, "Forbidden Lover." Dr. Erin Casey never knew her father and brother, members of a crime family her mother fled when Erin was just a baby. She's come to Chicago to accept a prestigious position in forensic science, not to reconnect with the O'Roarkes. Then...
Published on April 8, 2000 by Penny Griffin, Intrigue Fan

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3.0 out of 5 stars ho hum
Forbidden Lover is the 14th romance novel by American author, Amanda Stevens and is the third book in the Gallagher Justice series. Dr Erin Casey is a forensic anthropologist, working for the Forensic Anthropology and Human Identification Laboratory in Chicago. Nick Gallagher is a cop who needs her to identify some recently uncovered bones: it's vital to his case against...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ending on a High Note, April 8, 2000
This review is from: Forbidden Lover (Gallagher Justice, Book 3) (Harlequin Intrigue Series #557) (Mass Market Paperback)
Amanda Stevens wraps up her "Gallagher Justice" trilogy with the best of the three books, "Forbidden Lover." Dr. Erin Casey never knew her father and brother, members of a crime family her mother fled when Erin was just a baby. She's come to Chicago to accept a prestigious position in forensic science, not to reconnect with the O'Roarkes. Then she meets Detective Nick Gallagher, who needs her help determining the cause of death for a newly-found body. The attraction between Nick and Erin is quick and powerful. Until Erin discovers that the O'Roarkes and the Gallaghers are mortal enemies. In the struggle between her love and the family she has never known, another party enters the fray: a killer, determined to bury the secrets of a long ago murder that ties the two clans together.
Of the books, "Forbidden Lover" comes the closest to that page-turning quality the cover quote mentions. Nick and Erin find themselves targeted by a killer from the moment they retrieve the body. A thrilling sequence in a cabin in the woods is edge-of-your-seat stuff, and things don't let up much from there. I read it in one sitting, not wanting to put it down once I started. Nick and Erin were two people I honestly liked. They were the kind of characters who felt like personal friends by the time the book was finished, and I really cared about their wonderfully written love story and how they would find their way out of the dangerous situation they found themselves in. Though the final chain of events unfold a bit too easily, with a series of revelations and reconciliations that hardly touch on the emotions they must inspire, happy readers are not likely to mind in the least. The surprise twists keep coming until a satisfying ending that not only wraps up this tale, but loose ends from the last two.
Although the Gallagher books do stand on their own, readers just starting the series might want to be warned that Stevens does mention the villain of the previous book, "Secret Admirer," in this one. They don't need to be read in order, but it might be more rewarding to get in from the start. Like the author, readers may want to save the best for last.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read!, March 15, 2000
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This review is from: Forbidden Lover (Gallagher Justice, Book 3) (Harlequin Intrigue Series #557) (Mass Market Paperback)
This entry in Amanda Steven's Gallagher Justice series is another winner. Ms Stevens weaves the romance and the mystery into a tightly knit package of suspense and love you can't put down. Order a pizza for dinner before you start this book 'cause you won't stop to cook once you begin reading...
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3.0 out of 5 stars ho hum, May 10, 2013
This review is from: Forbidden Lover (Gallagher Justice, Book 3) (Harlequin Intrigue Series #557) (Mass Market Paperback)
Forbidden Lover is the 14th romance novel by American author, Amanda Stevens and is the third book in the Gallagher Justice series. Dr Erin Casey is a forensic anthropologist, working for the Forensic Anthropology and Human Identification Laboratory in Chicago. Nick Gallagher is a cop who needs her to identify some recently uncovered bones: it's vital to his case against Daniel O'Rourke, who's just about to be released from jail. Erin is an excellent anthropologist: dedicated, impartial, professional. But Erin has a secret that will change the way Nick thinks about her. He may be falling in love, but will that love survive Erin's secret? While the book can be read as a stand-alone romance/intrigue, the back story of certain other characters is absent. There is a rather melodramatic climax and Stevens plot and characters are not strong enough to make me want to read further in this series.
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Forbidden Lover (Gallagher Justice, Book 3) (Harlequin Intrigue Series #557)
Forbidden Lover (Gallagher Justice, Book 3) (Harlequin Intrigue Series #557) by Amanda Stevens (Mass Market Paperback - March 1, 2000)
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