There’s something about prosecuting attorney Elle McCoy that Deputy Gabe Dawson just can’t get enough of. Even with Gabe’s family legacy in law enforcement and promising career, Elle’s smart, sassy rejection of all his charm makes Gabe want her even more.
But Gabe’s confidence is shaken when he’s shot on the steps of the courthouse, protecting Elle from a terrorist intent on revenge. Worse, Elle isn’t out of danger yet. But as they race to counter the terrorist’s next move, Gabe determines to prove to Elle—and himself—that he’s a man worthy of her.
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“Well, you’d better get going,” Gabe grumbled. “Don’t want to miss your ride.”
Elle took a few steps forward, coming to the side of his hospital bed. “I’m going. But first, I wanted to make one thing very clear to you, Gabe Dawson.”
“Yeah?” he said. “What’s that?”
She narrowed her eyes and leaned over him, caging him with her arms on either side of his head. “Don’t you ever again treat me like I’m some delicate flower who can’t handle the truth.”
Having her that close was tempting as hell. For the first time, he noticed she had tiny flecks of gold in her eyes and a few more freckles on the bridge of her nose than he’d realized. God, she was beautiful—stunning, really. He had to muster all his willpower not to drag her into his arms and kiss the full lips that were currently pursed in irritation. But he forced himself to meet her gaze and lifted a single brow.
“Oh, I know you’re no delicate flower,” he said, his voice going deeper, betraying the effect of her nearness and giving his words a weight he hadn’t intended.
Her cheeks went a little pink, but she didn’t back away. “We’re in this together, whether we like it or not. And I’m not going to be kept in the dark just because I’m not a cop.”
“Oh, I don’t know,” he said, not bothering to suppress the grin tugging at his mouth. “You might like being in the dark with me, Elle.”
She blinked, her mouth opening and closing as if she wanted to say something more but was clearly speechless. Then she pressed her lips together and gave him a frustrated look. “You know what I meant, Gabe.”
At this, the little devil on his shoulder got the better of him, and he chuckled, letting his gaze drop down to those gorgeous lips. “Yeah, I know what you meant, Elle. Doesn’t change what I meant.”
When she didn’t immediately pull away at his advance, he took a chance and reached up, gently taking hold of her chin and guiding her lips down to his. But before he could make contact, she suddenly broke away from his tender grasp and straightened, staring down at him with a look of confusion and panic in her eyes.
Okay, well, that wasn’t exactly the reaction he’d been hoping for…
“I have to go,” she breathed. But she didn’t take a single step. “I really… I should go.”
He met her gaze, waiting, wondering at her next move. “You sure?”
She licked her lips, looking as if she was truly torn between going and staying. But then she lifted her chin, giving him that defiant look he’d grown so used to seeing from her. “Yes, I’m absolutely positive.”
Without another word, she turned on her heel and strode toward the door without so much as a glance over her shoulder.
But the little exchange was enough to offer Gabe the encouragement he needed. Maybe the brilliant, beautiful, iron-willed woman wasn’t quite as unaffected by him as she wanted him to believe…
Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars
Law enforcement is in the Dawson family’s blood. Deputy Gabe Dawson has decided to carry on the family legacy and protect the community of Fairfield County, in general, and one woman in particular. He has had a secret crush on prosecuting attorney Elle McCoy for years. They have known each other since they were teenagers. Gabe was the golden boy and serial dater, Elle was the socially awkward brainiac who adored him from afar, but had been deeply hurt by his apparent lack of interest.
Their career had thrown them together again. Elle is not a teenager anymore, but a vibrant, independent and fiery woman. Gabe is still the same, cocky, arrogant and yet charming. But Elle is not impressed. Gabe is a womanizer and she isn’t a one-night-stand kind of girl.
Gabe and Elle are threatened by a family of dangerous and unpredictable individuals. The patriarch of the Monroe clan is known for his radical view on government and only believes in an eye-to-eye style of justice. They taunt Gabe, but he is more concerned about Elle’s safety. For years, he has been looking out for her in secret, never expecting anything in return.
Their secret infatuation has evolved over the years, despite their effort to keep their feelings in check. Gabe is desperate to protect Elle, but the enemies are lurking in the shadows.
I loved both characters, their story was so sweet! Gabe is definitely Elle’s knight in shining armor! His task was not easy though, Elle is strong-willed and she obviously misjudged him.
Overall, this book was a compelling ride of suspense and drama that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The plot was well developed, with a gripping storyline . This pacy, twisty and angsty story of second chance kept me flipping the pages until the very end!
An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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