Publication Date: August 9, 2011
Source: Publisher/Net Galley
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Characters: Eleanor Sullivan, Max Daniels
Challenge: 100+, 50 States
Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation.
Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A no-nonsense lawman, he’s definitely not the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she’s attracted to him in a way she can’t explain.
Ellie heads home to Winston Falls, South Carolina, to attend her sister’s wedding. Shortly after she arrives, though, she receives a surprise visitor: Max Daniels. The Landrys have been captured, and she’ll be called to testify. But they’ve been captured before, and each time the witnesses are scared into silence—or disappear before they can take the stand. Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks fly.
Julie Garwood delivers again! Her latest suspense was a thrill to behold.
Max and Ellie are thrown together when she witnesses a shooting of a federal agent while she was out for a jog. Although she finds Max rather rude, it doesn’t cool her intense attraction to him.
There was true chemistry between Max and Ellie. Their relationship took time to develop and progress in a manner that was believable and not rushed. Both Ellie and Max were great characters. You wanted Max in your bed and Ellie as your best friend.
I loved the two of them together. His need to protect her was so sweet and enduring. And when they weren’t disagreeing about something, they were laughing or loving.
The story offered the perfect mix of romance and suspense. It was more than enough to hold me enthralled to see how it all played out. The storyline flowed well, with enough action and laughs to keep me turning the pages.
The secondary characters as well were great. I loved Ellie’s dad and all of the shopping “deals” he loved to receive. However I didn’t like Ellie’s sister Ava, which Garwood did a great job in accomplishing that. I ended up liking the hitman more than I liked Ellie’s sister Ava.
The lead characters and secondary characters all were as believable as the family next door. Even the additional love story between Ellie’s other sister Annie and her Navy SEAL was delightful treat.
Another 5 star read by Julie Garwood!