Does she put her trust in him…again?
Lieutenant Jane Vahalik is done with Sergeant Clay Renner. He messed up their romance when he dished out too much male swagger. She gets enough of that on the job to put up with it in her personal life—regardless of how hot Clay may be.
Then her niece is kidnapped, and suddenly he is the only cop Jane trusts to lead the search. The rush of attraction sizzling between them surprises her. So does his determination to prove she’s wrong about him. It could be just the tense situation—or it could be Clay—but Jane’s feelings for him are growing. Maybe they deserve a second chance…
I’ve really liked the Mysteries of Angel Butte series. Janice Kay Johnson writes crime/mystery really well, which makes for a nice change from the usual babies and good girls theme the Harlequin Superromance line tends to focus on.
This is not the first book, but each book is a standalone (more or less – you’ll meet the characters in earlier books). Cop by Her Side is a self-contained mystery: the heroine’s sister is in a coma after being in a car accident, and her niece is missing.
A self-confident man, Clay had taken a serious hit that day. Since she’d walked away, he’d looked hard at a lot of crap he’d grown up taking for granted. What shook him most was discovering how much contempt for women had been embedded in his father’s “traditional” views of male/female roles.
I loved the way the author dealt with her hero. He was raised as a misogynist, and until he was caught saying cruel, sexist things about his girlfriend (the heroine), he’d never realised there was anything wrong with his behaviour. It was made all the worse by the fact his love interest was a higher-ranking policewoman, and he didn’t know how to deal with that. It was a nice character evolution to see, and one I’d LOVE to see more often in the romance genre.
I can see that this book might have startled some readers who are more accustomed to… cowboys… but I thought the strong focus on the mystery was a nice change. I’d been getting tired of the whole romance genre – too much “more of the same” – and this was the first book I’d been excited to finish in a few weeks.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.