Ann Silver. She’s intelligent, well-connected, and highly regarded by her peers—the best cop most people have never heard of. Midwest Homicide Investigator Ann Silver is content to avoid the limelight and just do her job. She spends her life assisting other cops on tough cases, enjoying time with close friends, and writing their stories. Then she crosses paths with Paul Falcon, and she’s suddenly on unfamiliar ground. He’s after a romance and something permanent, and he’s determined not to let her secrets keep them apart.
Paul Falcon. The FBI’s top murder cop, he’s as determined and fiercely driven as they get on the job. His personal life is absorbed by the sprawling Falcon family enterprise. And privately—he’s looking for someone to share his life. He knows when he meets Ann Silver she’s worth a second look, and she’s soon got his serious attention. It’s a good thing he’s used to handling pressure and being pulled in several directions at once, for Ann’s secrets are going to rock both his professional and personal life. In one intense summer a national secret is going to be exposed, a killer is going to be identified, he’s going to get a lead on a lady shooter he’s been after for years, and he’s going to fall in love.
The Lady Shooter. A hired gun, she’s patient, calculating, and elusive—responsible for a string of murders that have raised her high up on the FBI’s most wanted list. Though she’s been careful about leaving a trail, Ann Silver’s found a thread that leads right to her, and Paul Falcon is pursuing hard. She’s going to have to make a choice—eliminate the threat, try to run, or find a way to use what she knows to her advantage. She’s holding the secrets of powerful people who have reason to want her dead, and her time to act is closing fast.
Ever sit down with a friend that you haven't seen or heard from in a long time? That's how I felt while reading this book. I have been a faithful reader of Dee Henderson since her first book, Danger in the Shadows. Heck, I even wanted to BE an O'Malley! Whether she's writing about a hostage negotiator, a United States Marshall, a firefighter, or a CIA operative, she makes it seem that she's actually been in all of those careers. This book is no different. The character development is steady and while there's no lip action until page 365 (yes, this is from memory because I was so HAPPY that it finally happened), there is romance. It's just more subtle, everyday kind of things and lots of web cam action! Yes, this is a Christian romance writer, but religion IS NOT shoved down your throat. It's part of who these characters are and there is no preaching. Their faith is shown in their ACTIONS.
Ann is not your typical single woman. At times she actually acts like most guys when it comes to relationships ;) She's devoted so much time to her career and helping people that she doesn't feel she has time for anything else at this time in her life. Don't let this reason fool you though, she's scared spitless! Paul is the oldest son in a very large and prestigious family and is expected to take over as head of the family when his father dies. He is also a dedicated cop who knows what he wants and that's to start a relationship with Ann.
Another thing I love about Dee Henderson's books is that there is always a wealth of supporting characters. This book is no different. We get to meet Paul's right-hand people, Sam and Rita, as well as former Vice President Gannett. As a bonus, we also get to catch up with friends from Ms. Henderson's previous books and, without giving anything away, there's a twist to that dynamic! And last, but not least, let's not forget the "lady Shooter". She is in no way stupid and gives them a run for their money. All I can say is that if Ms. Henderson ever decided to become a criminal - lookout world!
As you can probably tell, I give this book a five-star rating. I also encourage you to read the rest of her books:
O'Malley series: Danger in the Shadows (prequel), The Negotiator, The Guardian, The Truth Seeker, The Protector, The Healer, and The Rescuer. Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story will be coming out in 2013.
Uncommon Heroes: True Devotion, True Valor, and True Honor.
Stand alones: Kidnapped (previously published under True Courage), The Witness, Before I Wake, The Marriage Wish, and God's Gift.
Also take a peak at her website http://www.deehenderson.com/