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Beyond the Code of Conduct Paperback – April 22, 2009
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You'll find all that and more in "Beyond the Code of Conduct", the second book in the Sullivan Boys series by the sister writing team known as K.M. Daughters.
A vicious attack on Bobbie Leighton's life destroyed her relationship with Joe Sullvian and left Joe permanently impaired. Now an FBI agent working in New York, Bobbie returns to Chicago to discuss the possibility that a baby trafficking case she is working on may have a connection to Joe's brother's murder.
Joe is determined to find out why Jimmy died and to bring his killer to justice. Joe and Bobbie go undercover as a rich cattle rancher and his arm candy wife looking to adopt a baby from a slick Park Avenue lawyer. Forced to live with one another day by day, Joe and Bobbie struggle to resist their feelings for one another. Can they overcome their past? And can they bring a murderer to justice before they become the next target on a killer's victims list?
Romantic suspense just doesn't get any better than this! "Beyond the Code of Conduct" opens with Bobbie showing up at Jimmy Sullivan's funeral and getting an icy reception from Joe. The authors immediately draw you right into the conflict and it doesn't stop until the very end. These characters are pushed beyond their limits every step of the way. You feel that pull between Joe and Bobbie, that fine line they walk between just working together and resisting the temptation to be together in a more meaningful way. You witness how much of an obstacle their past remains. And you want them to nab the bad guy as much as they do.
I've now read the last chapter three times and each time it gets better, is more touching and even more satisfying than the first.
While the strength of this book is definitely its complex characters, the gripping story keeps you turning page after page. I couldn't put the book down. I read it cover to cover in one night. At 180 pages, it's the perfect book to take on vacation or to read on a long car ride.
"Beyond the Code of Conduct" is romantic, it's filled with suspense, and its one book that I would love to read again.
Beyond the Code of Conduct is actually the second in the Sullivan Boys Series. Though I have not been lucky enough to read the first in this series, I was still able to greatly enjoy this book. At no time did I feel lost or as though I had missed out on anything from the previous novel. However, I do have to admit that I desperately want to read the first in the series, Against Doctor's Orders, after being exposed to this great writing talent of K.M. Daughters.
What could be worse than baby trafficking and what could be greater than the desire to put a stop to it? In Beyond the Code of Conduct, Special Agent Bobbie Leighton and Homicide Detective Joe Sullivan are paired together to go undercover as a wealthy cattleman and his slightly airhead, but gorgeous wife. Under normal circumstances, this may not be such a hardship, however with the history between these two, sparks of every kind fly. The big question is whether or not they can hold it together long enough to expose this heinous crime before anymore victims are claimed.
I loved the writing style of K.M. Daughters - it is very smooth, engrossing and the characters honestly pop from the pages in vivid clarity. I greatly enjoyed the tension between the main characters of Bobbie and Joe and each one's personality and candor. Beyond the Code of Conduct holds suspense, thrills, romance and a twinge of the paranormal. In other words, this story has a bit of something for everyone.
Though short in length - 180 pages - it is not short on structure, plot, character development or it's ability to draw the reader in. I truly recommend this story to anyone looking for a great read that is quick and leaves the reader satisfied. I cannot wait to get my hands on other works by this author (or should I say authors).