(Disclosure: I work for the author.)
Officer Gabriella Maria Flores desperately needs a big win to save her career. A case that proves that she has her act together, something non-controversial to make people forget the recent scandal she's been involved in. Instead, the murder she catches couldn't be more high-profile, the number one suspect her boss's brother. Means, motive, opportunity--check. And open-and-shut case, if she's ever seen one. But then, instead of arresting the suspect, why is she falling in love with him?
Dana Marton's Broslin Creek series is a wonderful reading treat, because after reading the FREE first book in the series, DEATHWATCH, you realize there are more books to read so you can stay in the world of Broslin Creek longer. She writes a distinctive and oh-so-readable blend of well-crafted mystery, believable romance, and characters who feel like friends, all packaged in a fast-paced well-written style with Dana's distinctive splashes of humor.
DEATHWISH is no exception. It starts with an intense military mission in Afghanistan as Hunter leads a team to rescue a fellow soldier. Shortly after he returns to the States to resume life as a civilian, planning on proposing to his long-term girlfriend. But the night of his homecoming party at his brother's (Ethan Bing, Chief of Police) ends with Hunter accused of his girlfriend's murder. Gabi, the newest officer on the police force gets stuck with the case as the only cop in town with no personal relationship with the accused.
I connected to Hunter and Gabi right away. Dana Marton is so good at creating characters who are both believable and worthy of being a story hero/heroine. They feel so real to me. Hunter is everything a romance hero should be - handsome, strong, smart, self-deprecating, and kind. And Gabi is the perfectly balanced heroine - I wanted to be her strong kick-ass, capable self and I also rooted for her as a friend, hoping she'd solve the murder, show everyone what a great cop she is, and get the guy. Gabi is also a rather unique heroine - she is all about the job, and her focus on being better at the job. She doesn't wear makeup or girly clothes, can't cook, and doesn't decorate. She's easy to be around, and Hunter is shocked at his response to her, because he thought he wanted a feminine, soft, homemaker type gal.
Towards the end, as Gabi's life is in danger and she's fighting to escape the killer, my heart rate actually went up I was so into it. And the Christmas backdrop/timeframe is beautifully incorporated - it felt like pretty holiday background music setting the tone of the book. When there wasn't murder, assault and mayhem, of course:-)
B & N
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Dana Marton has thrilled and entertained millions of readers around the globe with her fast-paced stories about strong women and honorable men who fight side by side for justice and survival.
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