By: Patricia Rosemoor
Releasing January 6th, 2015
Fans of Linda Howard will love Dangerous, the story of a driven female cop who teams up with an irresistible ex-con to bring a killer to justice—and discovers that breaking the rules is hotter on the wrong side of the law.
Chicago homicide detective Camille Martell will stop at nothing to track down “Angel,” a sexual predator who has already butchered two young victims—even after her off-the-books investigation leads to her suspension. But when her relentless attempts to contact Angel online puts her teenage neighbor in mortal danger, Camille’s worst fears are realized. Panicked and overwhelmed with guilt, Camille needs help—even if it comes from the one man she swore she’d do anything to forget.
After serving time for a trumped-up charge, private investigator Drago Nance doesn’t trust cops. Nothing will change that, not even the steamy weekend with Camille that burned itself into his memory. But with an innocent girl’s life at stake, Drago can’t ignore the need in Camille’s eyes, or the heated promise in her touch. He agrees to help—if she’s willing to play by his rules. He just never suspected that seducing his partner could be just as thrilling as chasing a madman.
Shortly after dawn, Camille entered the century-old building on Ravenswood, an industrial
corridor divided by raised Metra train tracks straight down the middle. Her life was now in
shambles, and guilt dogged her. Sandy was gone, and she was to blame, the reason she was here.
She had no other options left. Taking a deep breath, Camille took the elevator up to the third
floor and stopped in front of the door to Justus Investigations. She tried not to think about the
fact that Justus was Drago’s brother. Or that she and Drago had spent a mind-bending weekend
in a hotel room. At this moment, finding Sandy was the only thing that mattered.
The attractive dark-haired woman at the front desk appeared startled to see her. “Can I
“I’m here to see Justus Nance.”
“Um, this early?” Frowning, the woman checked her computer. “I don’t see an
“He’ll see me.” At least she hoped he would. Justus had been her mentor in the
department when she’d applied to be a detective. “Tell him it’s Camille Martell.”
The woman picked up the phone, and a moment later, Justus opened his office door and
waved her in. “Camille, beautiful as ever.”
“You always were an expert liar.”
Justus didn’t deny it. Sometimes you had to be a great liar to get to the truth when grilling
a suspect. Camille had no illusions about herself. Her mirror had assured her that she looked as
crappy as she felt. On the other hand, Justus was as handsome as ever, an older, smoother version
of his brother.
The moment she took her seat, Justus said, “So Rodriguez put you on administrative
She cringed when she remembered the conversation she’d had with her lieutenant the
“This doesn’t look good for you, Camille,” Rodriguez tells her. “You were off the case.
What you did was unsanctioned. I can’t condone vigilante action. The department won’t.”
“With all due respect, sir, I was trying to get to Angel before he had another chance at
some innocent woman.” Desperate to make him believe she wasn’t doing anything wrong, she
says, “If I’d have found him, you would’ve known about it.”
“When? After you carried through with whatever plan was going through that head of
“The plan was to stop a murderer!”
Camille had tried to argue her way out of an administrative leave. It never boded well to
ignore a superior’s directive. She could almost feel the tears of frustration and anger again when
she had set her star and gun down on his desk.
What I Liked:
The writing is good.
There were some surprises in the story line, not everything was predictable.
What I Did Not Like:
I didn't feel the connection between Camille and Drago. I understand opposites attract, but they are too different from each other. I can't actually see the relationship working.
The flashbacks to their weekend together - I would have preferred to see that as the first chapter or prologue.
The story's focus is mainly on solving the case and the romance seems to take a back seat. Recommended more for fans of suspense with a touch of romance than strictly romance fans.
eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
With 90 novels and more than seven million books in print, Patricia Rosemoor is fascinated with "dangerous love" – combining romance with danger. She has written various forms of romantic and paranormal romantic thrillers, even romantic horror, bringing a different mix of thrills and chills to her stories.
Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from RT BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she teaches Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing, credit courses at Columbia College Chicago. Three of her Columbia grad students and two students from other venues are now published in novel-length fiction