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Burnout
     

Burnout

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by Tee O'Fallon
 

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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.

Cassie Yates is on the run.

Overview

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.

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.

Each book in the NYPD Blue&Gold series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1: Burnout
Book #2: Blood Money

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633756175
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
06/13/2016
Series:
NYPD Blue & Gold , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
358
Sales rank:
31,598
File size:
2 MB

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Burnout

NYPD Blue & Gold Series


By Tee O'Fallon, Karen Grove

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Tee O'Fallon
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-617-5


CHAPTER 1

Ten more minutes and all freaking hell would break loose.

Cassie wanted to growl as she braced her palms on the bar where she served as bartender in this crap-hole — the worst undercover assignment she'd ever had.

She scanned the twenty rickety wooden tables surrounding the raised stage in La Femme. Every walk of life in Manhattan was accounted for, from blue-collar workers in jeans and T-shirts to businessmen sporting thousand-dollar Armani suits. Sick bastards. They were all here for the underage girls. She hoped the perverted a-holes went down in flames.

Half a dozen drugged-out teenagers gyrated their scantily clad bodies from center stage, swaying and undulating to the rhythm of music pumping from overhead speakers. The bass boomed full throttle. Glasses on the bar vibrated. Bottles of cheap booze crammed onto rusty metal shelves hummed their own crystalline tune.

Cassie walked a few feet down the narrow aisle behind the bar, her black pumps making sucking noises on the wet, sticky tile. She wasn't thrilled about wearing the working attire that hugged her so tightly she could hardly breathe. Her clothes barely concealed the body wire microphone nestled between her breasts and the tiny digital recorder taped to the inside of her thigh.

Another glance at her watch.

Six minutes to go.

She took a steadying breath, then grabbed a tray and went around the bar to gather empty glasses and bottles from the tables. Normally, it was the waitresses' job to collect empties, but the less glass out there during a takedown the better.

After filling her tray, she turned and slammed headfirst into something solid. Glasses and bottles rattled on the tray, nearly sliding to the floor. The customer she'd plowed into gripped her upper arm, steadying her.

"Sorry about that." She looked up and smiled at the face looming above her. "Thank" — her smile froze — "you." She recognized him immediately. It was the bearded man she'd seen come in earlier, the one who'd made La Femme's scumbag owner, Rod Manici, visibly nervous. The guy had gone directly into the back rooms — rooms reserved for private sessions. Apparently he was finished doing whatever perverted things he'd come here for. After years on the job, Cassie automatically took inventory.

Five-ten, a hundred and seventy pounds, dressed casually but neatly in black slacks and a black sweater. His beard didn't quite match the color of his dark brown hair. She'd bet her ass it was a fake beard. No shock there, lots of men wouldn't want to be recognized in a dump like this.

"You're welcome," he said, still gripping her arms. His voice was smooth, practiced, like a radio talk show host's. The smile he gave her was pleasant enough, yet it never reached his eyes.

His eyes were an intensely bright gray, striking even, yet something about the man was definitely off. Was it that subtle air of superiority she detected? The way he carried himself, one would think he owned the place. No, that wasn't it. That's when Cassie saw it, a vicious, cruel light flickering in those gray depths. Just as quickly, it was gone, slick facade back in place. As if he'd suddenly realized he'd unintentionally exposed his inner demon.

He released her arms and turned, disappearing out the front door and leaving the scent of expensive cologne in his wake. Cassie watched the door slam behind him, her skin still crawling from where he'd touched her. It was more her woman's intuition talking than cop instinct, yet she was certain of one thing — that man was pure evil. Too bad he wouldn't be here for the takedown. She'd definitely like to see him in cuffs. That would have knocked that air of superiority straight out of him.

For the remaining few seconds of her illustrious bartending career, Cassie checked her customers' drinks for the last time. Sweat ran from her neck into the valley between her breasts.

Any moment now, and ...

Shouting from the front door.

Cassie snapped her head up. Her heart pounded. She dropped the cloth she'd been gripping and balled her hands. A surge of triumph and relief coursed through her veins.

Thank you, Lt. Frye. Right on time.

"Police! Hands in the air."

NYPD SWAT stormed the bar, shotguns raised.

Patrons' screams and shouts pierced the air. Chairs toppled to the floor. Waitresses dropped their trays. Glasses crashed.

The girls onstage shrieked and jumped to the floor as quickly as their four-inch spiked heels allowed and ran into the back rooms.

An entire precinct of uniformed cops poured in behind the SWAT team.

"Against the wall, now!" Six officers garbed in raid gear surrounded the tables. "Put your hands in the air and walk to the wall," one cop shouted over the blaring music.

Men seated at the tables rushed to comply with the commands. Some stumbled from fear and shock, others because they were drunk off their asses. One burst into tears. Another fainted and crumpled to the floor. As one burly officer hauled the guy to his feet by his lapels, Cassie noticed another man wearing tan slacks that were now dark at his crotch while he trickled urine onto the floor.

She watched customers for sudden movements. Anyone could be carrying a concealed weapon. Innocent girls could be shot. Police weren't bulletproof and neither was she. It was all Cassie could do not to throw herself out there into the mix, but she had to maintain her covert identity for as long as possible. That was the cardinal rule of undercover work, one that had been drilled into her head again and again: keep your identity secret at all costs.

Policewomen brought in blankets to cover the girls before escorting them out the front door and into an unmarked police van. The look of fear on their young faces made Cassie want to scream. Or cry.

Half the uniforms patted down customers and the two bouncers for weapons, while the other cops ordered those seated on the barstools to put their hands in the air. Cassie stayed behind the bar but held her hands above her head. She plastered a shocked, frightened look on her face for the benefit of anyone watching.

"Turn off that damn music," someone yelled.

A moment later, the music cut out, to be replaced by more shouts and screams coming from the back rooms.

Detectives dragged Rod Manici out in cuffs. Cassie wanted to applaud, but the sight of more barely dressed girls being helped outside by policewomen sobered her in a hurry. These girls, she reminded herself, were why she'd stuck it out doing an undercover gig she hated and working a job she no longer cared for.

"You, too, honey." A tall, good-looking blond detective came toward her. "I'm sure you know the drill. Against the bar and spread 'em."

Cassie complied but gave the detective a pissed-off sneer to make it look good. This was the part that annoyed her. Large hands patted her down, seemingly for weapons.

"Nice ass," her partner and good friend, Detective First Class Dominick Carew, whispered in her ear.

"Fuck off, cop," she snapped loud enough for Manici to hear before he was dragged out the exit door to a police van.

"You wish." Dom snickered as he cuffed her hands behind her back.

Dom had been her partner for nearly three years, and while she knew he was only joking, she was sick and tired of men making cracks about her ass. She adored Dom, but even he had his immature moments when he reverted to Officer Obnoxious. After the stress of tonight, it was the last thing she needed.

"Let's go." He grabbed her arm, and she shot him a nasty look. He took her outside to a black Crown Vic and put her in the backseat. When he'd gotten behind the wheel, he turned to look at her through the prisoner cage. "You okay, Cass?"

"Except for your crack about my ass ... yeah, I'm fine." She blew out a breath and her muscles began to relax for the first time in half a year. "This is one job I won't mind being fired from."

Dom nodded and winked before turning the ignition. As he steered the car into traffic, Cassie scanned the sidewalks, searching for the bearded man she'd bumped into inside La Femme. His image stayed with her, as did those creepy gray eyes.

Cassie could swear she'd seen the guy once before, maybe six months ago, shortly after she'd started working at La Femme. While she hadn't gotten as good a look at him that time, even then there'd been something about the man she'd remembered.

Dom guided the Crown Vic south on Broadway toward the precinct, expertly maneuvering the large sedan through heavy traffic. The neon lights of Times Square beamed out over the crowded streets and sidewalks. As Times Square slipped past the car window, it reminded Cassie of her life sliding away while she worked one undercover case after another. Unless she did something about it.

Like leave the NYPD.

Live free of this sick and depraved underground world. Reintegrate with the better part of humanity.

The idea of actually laughing again held significant merit. Joking around was engraved in her genetics, but Cassie couldn't recall the last time she'd played a prank on Dom or one of her brothers. There hadn't been an iota of humor in her darkened world in years.

Since becoming a deep-cover cop.

Caving to the pressure of her family's law enforcement tradition and following her older brothers through the police academy might not have been the smartest move. She was thirty-four years old. Was it too late to make a change?

Maybe she ought to put that culinary degree of hers to good use.

Yes.

The question was ...

Do I have the balls to do it?

Pounding at the front door jerked Cassie fully awake from where she'd been asleep on the couch. An automatic glance at the digital clock on her DVD player told her it was two in the morning. Raven, her Belgian sheepdog and former K-9, leaped to the floor and took up a protective stance. Her sharp barks sliced the air like a butcher knife.

Cassie jumped from the sofa and bolted to her Smith & Wesson on the hall table. Blood pounded at her temples. Her heart beat so fast she could practically hear it. She yanked the gun from its holster and took cover behind the stairway wall. Raven continued to bark and paw at the door.

Shit.

Bastards from La Femme had tracked her down. She'd only left the place a few hours ago. Assholes didn't waste any time. Cassie clenched her jaw and aimed her weapon at the door, being careful not to point it at Raven.

"Cass, it's Dom and Gray," a voice called from the other side of the door.

Her breath came out in a loud whoosh, and she nearly slid to the floor in relief. She'd recognize her partner's deep voice anywhere.

"Jesus Christ," she said, exhaling.

Just jitters, Yates. Calm down. This happens to any cop undercover for so long.

Post-undercover paranoia, they called it.

I am so getting out of this shit.

She leaned against the wall, waiting for her heart to resume a more normal rhythm.

"Damn it, Cassie. Open up," her oldest brother, Gray, yelled.

Raven stood on her hind legs and pawed at the door, still barking her furry head off.

"Okay, okay," Cassie shouted loud enough for Gray and Dom to hear, then shoved her gun back into the holster and set it on the table.

"It's all right, girl." She nudged Raven aside with her knee. As she twisted the deadbolt open, Raven's fierce barks eased to a throaty rumble. The dog wasn't crazy about most men, but she'd learned to tolerate Gray and Dom.

Cassie opened the door to two very large, stern-faced men. The skin at the base of her neck began to tingle. Not a good sign when two NYPD detectives showed up at your house at two in the morning after a major bust, both wearing their work faces. What Gray said next confirmed her gut reaction.

"Cass, there's a hit on you."

CHAPTER 2

Cassie pulled off the New York State Thruway and drove into the town of Hopewell Springs, population six thousand, according to the prominent hand-painted sign on the side of the road. She and Raven had been driving for over four hours, and Cassie's stomach rumbled so loud she could hear it above the music blasting on the radio.

She glanced over her shoulder. "I don't know about you, Raven, but I'm starving. Let's hope we can find a decent place for breakfast out here in the boonies."

Woof.

Dom and Gray had stood guard overnight at her house in Union, New Jersey, while she slept, so she could rise early and hit the road at the crack of dawn. With her Smith & Wesson, two additional fully loaded magazines, and Raven at the foot of her bed, she'd fallen into a troubled, restless sleep, dreaming of a nameless, faceless hit man.

Her brother and partner had wanted her to go to a safe house until they could figure out the identity of the hit man and throw his ass in jail. Word on the street was whoever ordered the hit was connected with La Femme, but Rod Manici wasn't talking. At least not directly. The little prick had lawyered-up and his high-priced, arrogant attorney now did the talking for him, naturally denying his client's involvement in any "alleged" hit.

"No matter what Gray and Dom say, I don't want protection." She glanced in the rearview mirror and saw Raven's head perk up. "I can't be guarded by a bunch of cops twenty-four-seven. It would be like prison." And getting away from cops — from the NYPD altogether — was the plan that had been cooking in her head for a while now. "The only cop I want guarding my backside is you."

Woof.

Cassie turned onto what appeared to be the main drag leading into the center of Hopewell Springs. She eyed the envelope thick with cash and other documents sitting on the front seat.

Gray had reluctantly agreed to help and procured an unmarked NYPD navy blue Trail Blazer registered in her old undercover name, different from the one she'd used on the La Femme case. Now she was Cassie Younger.

Dom had even scrounged up her matching fictitious driver's license, credit card, and a cell phone, all of which she'd used previously for an undercover burglary gig and a drug bust. Utilizing old undercover ID from a successful bust that had resulted in press coverage was a no-no in the UC world and had come back to bite many a careless cop, but given the exigent circumstances it would have to suffice. Besides, she didn't anticipate needing this particular persona for very long.

Behind her, Raven lounged on the seat. Piled high in the rear of the Trail Blazer were two travel bags she'd crammed with her summer clothes and other essentials, along with a forty-pound bag of pricey kibble, bones, and a dog brush.

She focused her attention back on the road and finding a place to grab a bite. Not much chance there'd be haute cuisine in such a tiny burg, but driving through Hopewell Springs actually made her smile, stretching muscles she could barely remember using in the last five years. The town looked like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting, complete with an old-fashioned theater, an ice-cream parlor, and other small cutesy shops.

Another hand-painted sign indicated the towering brick building with fluted columns she'd just passed housed the town's municipal offices and police station. The tree-lined streets were decorated gaily with red-white-and-blue banners for the July Fourth holiday two weeks away.

A large black-and-white striped awning on the main thoroughfare caught her eye, and she slowed to see it was a restaurant. When she got close enough to read the sign, she burst out laughing. Raven barked, as if she, too, could read the sign.

"The Raven's Nest. Well, whatdya know?" She pulled into an empty parking spot in front of the restaurant. Turning to Raven, she said, "With that name, we've got to check this place out."

After lowering the windows to allow fresh air into the SUV for Raven, Cassie shut off the engine and threw the key chain with its bulky remote start gizmo into her handbag. She grabbed her gun and extra magazines and shoved them on top of her detective's shield inside the bag. Before leaving the vehicle, she looked through the rear window, then each way along the street. No one was watching or waiting for her, at least not that she could see.

To Raven, she ordered, "Stay. Guard."

After getting out of the Trail Blazer, she smoothed a few wrinkles from her jeans and cream-colored camisole then headed to the restaurant, her sandals clip-clopping on the pavement. A cool, welcome breeze whipped her hair in front of her face. She tucked it behind her ears and glanced back to see wind ruffling Raven's fur as the dog stuck her head out the open window. No need to worry about anyone stealing something in the Trail Blazer, not with a seriously intense former K-9 standing watch.

The striped awning of the quaint café shielded a bank of large windows, giving the place a French bistro-type flair. When she pulled open the front door, a small brass bell jingled overhead. No sooner had the door shut behind her than the warmth and hospitality of the place became obvious.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Burnout by Tee O'Fallon, Karen Grove. Copyright © 2016 Tee O'Fallon. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Tee O’Fallon has been a federal agent for twenty-two years, giving her hands-on experience in the eld of law enforcement that she combines with her love of romantic suspense. Tee’s job affords her the unique opportunity to work with the heroic and sexy men in law enforcement on a daily basis. For Tee, research is the easy part!

Besides writing, Tee loves cooking, gardening, chocolate, lychee martinis, and her Belgian sheepdog.

Visit Tee’s website at: www.teeofallon.com.

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Burnout 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much! Wish there were books by this author.
ytcruz 24 days ago
I “discovered” Ms O’Fallon by chance when reviewing Blood Money for Netgalley and became an instant fan. So I decided to go back to this first book of the series, NYPD Blue & Gold. This one turned out to be just as good, engaging and one not to missed. Both main characters, Mike and Cassie are well developed, and interesting. The romance, and suspense grasp you by the shoulders and let’s not forget the dog, Raven. All in all , one not to be missed.
jdh2690 5 months ago
OMGosh how I loved this suspenseful cop romance! I read three-quarters of it in one very late night and the rest the next day. I felt like I’d been running a race when I got to the end, it was that exciting. Mike is the Police Chief of small town Hopewell Springs, still recovering emotionally from the last bad case he handled in the NYPD. Cassie is an NYPD undercover cop hiding out temporarily in Hopewell Springs while a bad guy who doesn’t want to be identified by her hunts her down. The connection between Mike and Cassie is explosive from the first time they meet until the end, with lots of twists and turns as they learn to trust again, all the while dodging news photographers and hitmen. This story was the beginning of my new adventure with this author and I can hardly wait to read the next book in this series...and others to come after.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Right in the feels.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Loved the story-great author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written, well worth the purchase.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
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. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was full of anticipation, suspense, action, friendship and love. The chemistry between Mike and Cass was explosive, despite neither wanting to fall for the other. Their flirtations were very funny along with their quick wit and sharp tongues. Cass seriously cracked me up with her attitude and sass towards Mike. And the way the town accepted her immediately was very sweet. It was so easy to like her. She was independent, strong, protective of her friends, but vulnerable and feeling alone. Mike was simply hot. He was alpha male and tender, sexy and gentle, flirty and affectionate. The storyline was superb with the guessing of who the mastermind is, the back and forth of their feelings, and the ribbing between the different sets of friends. Cass' partner and her brother had me laughing several times. I hope we see more of this series because I simply loved the characters. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
This is a well written, enjoyable novel by a new to me author. The story is well paced with plenty of steam and mystery. Mike and Cassie are both very likable characters and easy to relate to. Their chemistry is immediate and electric. I love Cassie's snarky, take charge attitude and strong character. I look forward to reading more from Ms. O'Fallon in the future. I hope we get Dom's story. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
A great suspenseful romantic read with just the correct amount of both to make this a delightful page turner. Who doesn’t love a nice suspenseful cop story add a romance that rocks your socks. I really enjoyed Cassie and Mike’s story it was just a delightful story that really touched my heart. Cassie has been working undercover for a few months with her assignment over she finds there is a hit out on her. I really liked this character she is strong but knows when she needs a break, she loves her job but she hasn’t been happy for a little while. Now is just the time to take a break she falls off the grid and hides out in Hopewell Springs she finds a job that has been something she has wanted to do. She is in a small town with a hot ex cop who moved there to get over a broken heart. One look at Cassie and he knows trouble has come to town. They are in for one heck of a wild ride. You better buckle in before you pick up this book full of suspense and some wild nights. With all good things the past must come knocking as it does for Cassie. Who will be left standing to tell about it and who will fall? I loved the plot and the characters the words flow easy across the pages before you know it you are hooked. If you like romance with suspense you will want to pick this up and give it a read.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a great start to a new series. The heroine in this story is Detective Cassie Yates and, after six months working undercover, she’s now trying to stay off the radar to stop the hit man who is after her succeeding in killing her. She’s opted not to go to a safe house, is using an assumed identity and has driving off into the unknown. Well, that was the plan! En route she stopped for food in a small town and ended up getting a job working there as the Chef! She’d always enjoyed preparing and serving delicious food and this is an opportunity she grabbed. The hero is Police Chief Mike Flannery. He is immediately attracted to this feisty new arrival to Hopewell Springs but also recognises that there’s something she’s hiding. As the temperature outside the kitchen heats up between them, the assassin and other dangers also add to the mix creating a delicious, action packed recipe that is cooked to perfection! This is an enthralling read packed with surprises, is a well paced suspense and a real page turner. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense with a touch of steam. I will definitely be on the look out for more books in this series! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
I like romantic suspense, I enjoy a good intriguing plot and the hot guy in uniform was just the cherry on top when I decided to try Burnout. Mike is a small town chief of police, a complete change from his former routine as a NYC cop. Although a former relationship that ended badly left him a skeptic of romantic relationships, he can’t help but be tempted by a red-headed bombshell with trouble written all over her. After 10 years of working undercover for the NYPD and being witness to pretty much the worst of humanity, Cassie is ready for a change. Now she finds herself on the run when the last case she worked resulted in a hit being put on her. Little did she know that stopping at a dinner for lunch would be just what she was secretly hoping for. All she needs to do is keep her head down until her partner finds out who wants her dead. That’s easier said than done when you cook like an angel, you’re the new chef in the town’s diner and you spark the interest of the seriously fine town’s Chief of Police. Cassie had a thing about not dating cops, Mike had a thing about secretive women not being trustworthy. They both were a bit prejudiced and this bugged me a little bit. Still, it was fun to watch them fighting their attraction but not being able to succeed, and how their preconceived ideas didn’t hold that much merit. Mike was a solid character, he was nice, charming and devoted to protecting the people under his care. He did have some unresolved issues from his past he needed to work through. I really liked Cassie, she was tough and no-nonsense, but also caring and warm. She was a bit on the pig-headed side of the spectrum but I felt it went well with her character. I did feel a bit underwhelmed when she had to use her cop badassedness and she kind of floundered a bit. I also wish she hadn’t needed Mike to come to the rescue each and every time. Burnout had a good pace, steamy scenes, charming town’s people and a lot of characters I wouldn’t mind getting to know. I will say that on the suspense aspect nothing really caught me by surprise. The clues, in my opinion, were quite obvious and not that hard to put together. Still, it was a good and entertaining read. *I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Brigittehf More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I really like her style. It sure kept me on my toes from beginning to end. Cassie has just accomplished one of an undercover stint as a cop in a nightclub in NYC. Everything appears to have gone smoothly but suddenly she finds that she has a price on her head. Instead of going to a safe place, she decides to go in hiding somewhere out of reach until the case is fully resolved. She has her dog Raven for company. Feeling hungry she stops in this remote, small town to have a bite to eat at the "Raven's Nest. Mike is the Chief of police Police in this small town and is a regular of the Nest. He stops by before going away for a week when he sets eyes on Cassie. He likes what he sees and is quite disappointed when he learns that she is only passing through. Cassie has always wanted to work in culinary but didn't pursue her dream to become a cop like the other members of her family. When she sees a chance to work as a chef, she grabs it with both hands if only as a temporary measure. She is well liked by the staff and the clientele who loves her cooking. On his return to the nest Mike is pleasantly surprised to see that Cassie is still around. Funnily enough, so is she until she sees his uniform. She goes on the offensive but the chemistry between them is electric. Mike is aware that she is hiding something since she is so evasive about answering any questions. The attraction between them gets the better of them and they soon realise that it's not just physical. Cassie is not prepared to tell Mike the truth about herself just yet whilst Mike has his own secrets and is very good at avoidance. Everything becomes complicated when there is an attempt on Cassie's life and she has to reveal her secrets. Mike doesn't take it very well as he has been living with guilt because of a betrayal for the past six years. He sees Cassie's omission as a betrayal and doesn't wish history to repeat itself. The situations are different but trust doesn't come easy to Mike because of his past. Quite understandable in this case. He is torn between his feelings and the fear of being hurt again. He is also stubborn and not prepared to give the heartbroken Cassie a chance. Meanwhile, Cassie is still in danger as she could be targeted again at any time. The culprit remains a mystery. This story is very engaging. The plot is solid and the characters are very well developed. The twists and turns make for a real page turner. The romance is gradual but palpable. The sex is hot. The suspense is intense. The Nest feels like home and the ending is superb. I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
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. Review: Great debut story from this new Author. Mike, where do I even start? Loved him and felt so bad and mad for him the way he was treated by his ex. He is definitely an alpha male, but so much more, he is smart, loyal and caring. Cassie is jaded against cops from working with them, but she is one tough cookie and wicked smart, a good match for Mike. I loved the sexual tension between these two characters. Their back and forth was fun to read. I really enjoyed this story, it was not only sexy, but suspenseful and had a great plot. The ending was exciting, emotional and very satisfying in how it was handled. This looks to be the first book in a new series, so not sure who the next book will be about, but I will definitely be looking out for it. So if you looking for a Romantic Suspense, you should check this out. 4Stars *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I loved this one! It's a great romance with a great suspense element to it. Mike and Cassie were great characters and I enjoyed how their relationship developed slowly throughout the story. The attraction was there but the build up took a bit which was a nice change from all the insta-love I've read lately. Cassie Yates has been working an undercover assignment for 6 months. Now that the job is done she finds out there is a hit out on her so she falls off the grid and hides out in Hopewell Springs. While there not only does she make some great friends she also gets to work as a cook. A job she's been longing to do. Oh and she also meets the very delectable Mike Flannery. Local chief of police and one heck of a hottie. Mike also use to be a NYPD detective but after having his heart broken he left the city and is happy in his little town. One look at Cassie and he knows she's trouble with a capital T. As time goes on and the attraction flares to life these two are in for a wild ride. That is until the past arrives in town!! A great read and one I highly recommend.