Published: August 14th, 2010 by Norah Wilson
From Goodreads: Criminal defense attorney Suzannah Phelps is the bane of the St. Cloud police department (they call her She-Rex for her habit of shredding cops in the witness box). She is currently being stalked, but is reluctant to report it to the police, whom she half suspects of being the perpetrators. But when Detective John (Quigg) Quigley learns of it, he’s determined to protect her, at considerable risk to his career. They’ve struck sparks off each other in the courtroom, and he’s burning to do the same in the bedroom. When the danger escalates, he has the perfect excuse to pose as her boyfriend, but the closer they get, the more the lines between pretense and reality blur.
This was a really fun and entertaining read. Not only was the romance one I found myself invested in, but the mystery behind Suzannah’s stalker made me want to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. The danger was something that I really got into and I was nervous and paranoid throughout most of the novel. Quigley is a wonderful hero who steps in and does everything he can to protect her. Even if we’re independent and are proud that we can take care of ourselves and do things on our own, I think that all of us have some desire to have someone there that’s willing to step in and help us out even if we’re stubborn about accepting it. There was a lot about this romance that I could find myself relating to. Even though I don’t think my personality is anything like Suzannah’s, there were a lot of concerns she had about the relationship that was forming with Quigley that I think a lot of women experience. I really enjoyed reading about how their relationship unfolded. I liked seeing how they interacted with each other and found ways of testing each other. A lot of the time it’s hard for me to see why two main characters in a romance end up falling for each other, and sometimes I can’t even feel the chemistry between them. This novel didn’t disappoint me in either one of those areas, and if you combine that with the action that was also going on, I found myself flying through this novel and completely enjoying it. Fans of romantic suspense will definitely want to check this one out. 🙂