Homicide detective Mandi Murphy had seen enough bloodshed on the streets of Houston to last a lifetime. After a botched drug bust left a friend dead, she wanted out of the city. Peaceful little Sawmill Springs seemed like the perfect spot to start over. Six weeks on patrol proved the town to be as quiet and serene as she'd imagined.
When things soured between FBI agent Kayla Dixon and her lover, she was ready for a change from the fast-paced life she was living. Her father, the police chief in Sawmill Springs, offered her a job, and she decided a change of pace was just what she needed. Her wish for slow and peaceful didn't materialize, however, as mere hours after she started her first shift, a prominent citizen was gunned down.
The two women are thrust together to solve the murder and return Sawmill Springs to the sleepy small town the residents expect. As the investigation grows, so does their attraction. There's just one problem - Murphy thinks Kayla is straight. Kayla admits to a failed marriage when she was 18, and an ambiguous affair with another FBI agent convinces Murphy to steer clear of her. Kayla's innocent flirting is met with skepticism and doubt...and temptation. Another murder not only strengthens their bond as partners but has them fighting to escape the clutches of a murderer. No longer able to ignore the budding attraction between them, they must decide if they are willing to start over...this time, together.
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Kind of unbelievable
Good characters, well performed, 4/5th of the way through it just got unbelievable. It's a cop drama and most of the book flows well but...spoiler alert!!!...I just can't imagine letting my father go alone to deal with a homicidal maniac, even if it is his brother. And I can't imagine, with my father's life in danger, that I Could, never mind would, wake a few hours later sleeping next to my pending lover and choose to have sex rather than check on my father. It just got sloppy towards the end. Yes, her father is the chief of police. Yes, her father is a strong character but really? Not a snowballs chance in hell I'd let him go on his own.
I usually love Gerri Hill's books. She typically has me laughing out loud and thoroughly enjoying the ride.
Murphy is done well but the Chief of Police is brilliant; a great character brought to life in full color in Nicol Zanzarella's performance.