Series: NYPD Blue & Gold #1
Published by Entangled: Select Suspense
Publication Date: June 13th 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
He’s been a cop too long not to recognize the signs of a woman running from her past.
She’s not who she says she is—and isn’t about to share her secrets.
Sexy-as-sin Police Chief Mike Flannery knows the new arrival to Hopewell Springs is trouble. She has a smoking-hot body and a quick wit…and he’ll be damned if that’s not a turn-on. But this former NYPD cop and small-town heartthrob has been burned before, and there’s no way he’ll let that happen again.
New York City Detective Cassie Yates is on the run. A six-month undercover sting in a sleazy bar seemed like a textbook arrest—but now there’s a hit out on her. Armed with fake ID, her K-9 companion, and a police-issued SUV, she flees to a quiet upstate town where she trades her badge and gun for a spatula, finally finding peace in the dream she tossed aside to follow her family into law enforcement.
There’s no denying the fire and ice between them. But as the hired assassin closes in, Mike’s past comes roaring back and secrets are revealed in an explosion destined to tear them apart—if not destroy them.
The abs on that cover are the first thing that caught my eye but the blurb was very enticing and anyone that knows me knows that I can’t pass up any romantic suspense book. Well, it was worth it because BURNOUT is exciting and steamy, well-written and a great debut for Ms. O’Fallon.
Undercover NYPD Police Detective Cassie Yates is at the point where she’s rethinking her current job path and the news that a hit has been taken out on her is one more item in the con column, but until the person who ordered the hit is arrested, she has to lay low. Getting out of Dodge leads her to a temporary gig as a chef in a small town and the very sexy Chief of Police Mike Flannery.
As hot as he is, Mike has the women falling over themselves to catch his eye, but he has never felt the need to take any of them up on their offers, until Cassie gets to town. The attraction is very obvious and while they both have a reason for not acting on it, they can only hold out for so long before they start burning up the sheets, but with Cassie’s huge secret between them and the danger following her, a relationship between them may be doomed even before it starts.
I have been looking forward to reading this book since I first saw the cover and I’m glad I got a chance to. Mike and Cassie are really likable characters, dealing with issues that anyone can relate to (well, except the whole murder for hire thing with Cassie) and I really enjoyed watching them figure out things between them.
The suspense and story as a whole while well-paced were on the slow side, building up to the climax piece by piece, but I enjoyed the way the author injected humorous dialogue and enjoyable secondary characters into it to make it even more engaging. As a reader, I always want more from an author whose work I enjoy, so I’m hoping that we’ll get stories for at least three other characters that were introduced in the book.
If you enjoy romantic suspense or love close-knit small town romances, then make sure to read BURNOUT.