I met Sandra's romantic suspense debut, Crazy for Her, when the Montlake team was judging a national contest for unpublished romance manuscripts. While I was reading, I felt like I was watching a scary movie—the nails on one hand digging into the sofa's armrest, my hubby's arm clutching me tighter in his shielding embrace. Dare I say it was love at first sight?
In true can't-live-or-breathe-without-this-manuscript form, I was stalker-ish in my efforts to track down the author. I told her our publishing team had a true soft spot for her debut, and that she simply had to hear what we had to say. We knew we were The One for her.
If I had to choose one thing that makes romantic suspense so fantastic, it's the relentlessly protective hero. A hero who will fight to the death to keep the heroine safe. A hero who metes out justice according to his own rules. A hero who is doggedly undeterred in solving the case that will lay a heroine’s demons or traumatic past to rest. In Crazy for Her, Logan does all that while keeping Dani under his impossibly long-lashed, watchful eye.
But Logan does have one more very special quality. He has a hidden vulnerability, a surprise flaw that we rarely see in romantic suspense heroes—it almost makes you question all you thought you knew about rugged, well-biceped Navy SEALs. And this eccentricity doesn't make Logan any less appealing or less heroic. If anything, it transforms our crush on him, Dani, and Crazy for Her into the love affair we always knew it was meant to be.
- Maria Gomez, Editor