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Nell Granstrom and Hugh McLean are both cops. They were not partners until their boss put them together against both their wishes (They absolutly hate eacthother). That day somebody shot up a building and they spend the whole day there investigating. That night they decide to get drunk and sleep with each other. A few weeks later Nell finds out that she is pregnant, but at first does not want to tell anybody for one reason. Her mother had her at 16 and she was 16 when she had her daughter Kim and now that Kim is 16 she has a boyfriend. Nell thinks that if Kim were to find out she were pregnant that would give her an opertunity to sleep with her boyfriend and become pregnat.
Nell eventually tells Hugh and She and Hugh get married. Afterward they have to deal with the realities of married life, and their growing attraction to eachother that neither one was expecting as well as doing some investigating into inconsistances about the shootiing.
But it did. The memory of their drunken lovemaking continues to haunt both Nell and Hugh. In the days that follow, the officers continue to investigate the bloodbath that occurred at The Greater Northwest Insurance Company. While investigators assume they've found the shooter, Hugh becomes convinced that the horrific crime masked another murderer as well. Ironically, only his irritable partner believes him. Then the worst personal crisis occurs: Nell's pregnant.
Nell's mother gave birth to her at the age of sixteen. When Nell was sixteen she gave birth to her own daughter Kim. Now Kim's sixteen, and Nell lives in fear her daughter will make the mistakes of her mother and grandmother. The last thing Nell expected was to become pregnant. Neither she nor Hugh has ever been married. Of course he'll offer to do the right thing, but the question remains if Nell's ready for a full time man in her life after years of independence and single parenthood.
Author Janice Kay Johnson offers a tale of complex emotional ramifications in MATERNAL INSTINCT. As Nell's worst nightmare comes true, she must confront not only her fears regarding marriage, but also her role as mother to Kim. The "do as I say, and not as I do," issue reaches gargantuan proportions as Nell prepares to become a mother again. Fear that she's lost authority over her child, fear that she's loosing control of her own life, and fear of her emotional responses to the father of her baby propel Nell toward self honesty and self forgiveness. However, I found myself growing impatient with Hugh's mother's interference and Nell's willingness to allow her fears to mask well-intended comments with her own insecurity. Nevertheless, the plot absolutely delighted me, as did Kim's responses to her mother's pregnancy. Consequently, MATERNAL INSTINCT comes highly recommended.
Hugh wants to do the right thing and offers marriage. But his reputation with women makes Nell think he's only marrying her out of duty. While on the surface they constantly disagree, underneath, each harbors lustful feelings about the other. Can they forget their differences long enough to make this marriage work?
Janice kay Johnson tackles a suspenseful story, the third in the Three Good Cops series. However, this book stands on its own and provides a satisfying read. Johnson excels at both suspense and emotion. Hugh, Nell and the cast of supporting players are well drawn. Highly recommended.