Published: 12th November 2014
Author: Margaret Watson
Raine Taylor has one goal – justice for her murdered sister. She knows Genie’s husband strangled her and left her in an alley – Peter had been threatening to kill his wife for years. The police said there was no proof Peter Northrup killed Genie. So it was up to Raine to make him pay.
When Detective Connor Donovan answers a call about a trespasser outside Northrup’s house, he finds a woman running down the street. When he tries to stop her, he’s left holding her hoodie as she strikes out like a ninja then vanishes like smoke.
Connor quickly realizes Raine is his mysterious trespasser. Now he has to figure out why she was outside Northrup’s house at three A.M. Raine isn’t his usual criminal – she’s a schoolteacher who coaches a tae-kwon-do team of under-privileged girls. And he’s wildly attracted to her.
Raine needs to stay away from Connor. She has a plan to deal with Northrup, and she can’t get involved with a cop. But like two magnets drawing together, she can’t resist him. Can Connor help her find justice for Genie? Or will her sister’s killer claim another victim before they can stop him?
Trust is a funny thing that doesn’t come easily for some people. Especially Raine and Connor. After her sister Genie was murdered Raine shut down all her emotions and set herself only one task – to make the murderer pay. That murderer being her sisters husband Peter. She knows it was him but has no proof so ends up thinking up another plan to get justice, she just never thought it would lead her down the path it does. Connor on the other hand has had to deal with trust being broken by someone who should have been the most trust worthy – his Captain. Each will have to overcome their issues and learn to trust again in those worth trusting.
Connor is off shift and about to head out when he hears over the intercom about a nuisance call. Not a case he would go for being a homicide detective but when he hears his sisters’ tired voice over the intercom saying she will take it he tells her to go on home and he will handle it. On route to the house he spots a figure in the dark, after getting out and identifying himself he seems surprised that they would run. He is then even more surprised when, after he grabs their hoodie, they turn and drop kick him to the ground. Being taken down off guard would have been bad enough but when he thinks about how nice the ass is that’s running away he wonders whether he hit his head. Something about them caught his attention and once something is stuck in there he will do whatever it takes to figure it out. He just didn’t think that he would figure it out the day after when he is pulled along to a tae kwon do team event that his precinct sponsor. Something about the trainer triggers a memory, her scent entices him, but its not until he comes back to his car and is confronted by the same scent on the hoodie that it clicks into place. He knows she was outside the house that night he just doesn’t know why – yet!
Raine has been wary of cops ever since they did a piss poor job of solving her sisters’ murder. She wants nothing to do with them, especially the mouth-watering man in front of her. Her body doesn’t seem to want to pay attention to her mind though. The same can be said for Connor. He knows she is up to something so shouldn’t want her but now can’t seem to stay away.
After an uneasy stand off Raines wall she has created to keep everyone else out seems to have cracks start to appear. Even more so after he turns up to a match of hers and stays all day. Though if she thought that was a crack its like a boulder smashed through it when he takes her back to her car. Neither was expecting the reaction they gave after it started with one kiss but I don’t think they minded much. Locked doors are a pain hey Raine?
The moment Raine starts to confide and trust Connor you can see she has turned a massive corner. With Connor at her side they can both try to get justice for her sister. With Peter around though she will never be safe and the more they push him to get answers the more danger she puts herself in.
Raine was an interesting, strong willed character that you can see would do anything for the people she cares about, even if it puts herself in danger in the process, something Connor is not so pleased about. Connor has never really been in, or wanted to be in, a relationship before so never knew what he was missing. From the moment he meets her though he almost has an alpha man feel to him where he would do whatever it took to keep her safe. Together they are electric and have some great back and forth banter. Passionate and caring, a match made for each other.
One of many great lines from Raine to Connor:
“I wouldn’t kick you in the family jewels.” Her gaze touched him then bounced away. “I might want to play with them sometime.“
Even though this is the forth of the series I don’t think it really matters whether you have read them or not. The story carries itself so well regardless so can be read as a standalone. Only makes you want to check out the rest more though.
4 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.