As the youngest woman ever to make detective in the Portland Police Bureau, Danny Hartmann has racked up an impressive record. It doesn’t keep her warm at night, but it does make up for feeling she’s somehow disappointed her family with her career choice. Called to the scene of the murder of a homeless veteran in a transient camp, Danny doesn’t expect it to be anything other than another case she clears.
Then she meets the man who made the 9-1-1 call and everything changes.
Jake Abrams, a volunteer doctor at the Veterans Medical Services Clinic, doesn’t have much faith in anything other than his work and the vets he cares deeply about. Not shy about voicing his opinions, even to the cops investigating the murder of one of his patients, he annoys Danny with his snarky remarks.
However, working the case, she has to rely on Jake to help her find her way around the transient camps under the bridges and in the city’s huge wilderness park. As they work together, their attraction becomes mutual and passionate.
But Jake has demons. Like the vets he cares for, he carries scars both mental and physical from his service in the National Guard in Iraq. He fears Danny will turn from him in disgust when she discovers them. She’s afraid his experience in Iraq makes it impossible for him to love someone who does what she does for a living.
When the murderer of the homeless vets comes too close to Jake, it’ll be up to Danny to save his life. It’ll be up to their love for each other to save them both.
Sensuality Level: Spicy
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First, I’d to like to pass along that it’s stated in the Dedication that a portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to organizations serving veterans in the Portland area. Danny and Jake are incredible people that have an astounding amount of integrity, generosity, and compassion. Although they started off on the wrong foot, their attraction to each other takes precedence over their initial blunder. As the investigation of the murdered veterans starts producing leads, however, they begin to have a difficult time. Jake suffers from PTSD, a few insecurities about his physical scars, and a little bit of the He-Man syndrome. I found him to be the perfect hero, though. He’s a veteran, a surgeon, volunteers at a clinic, and makes rounds to the homeless. How much more of a sweetheart could you want? Like many men, he just gets a little worried about the woman he’s falling for. Although he has every reason to fear for Danny while she’s on the job, he takes it a little too far. Danny’s entirely too independent to allow Jake to interfere with her responsibilities as a detective, but she’s already allowed him to interrupt her life. Just like Jake, I admired this character for her bravery, her big heart, and her boldness. I know from experience that it’s not easy being the only woman in the workforce, and she handles herself expertly. I did get a little annoyed that as a detective, she didn’t know more about PTSD, or the homeless vets. This was easy to overlook, though, since everything else about her is so likeable. She stands her ground when necessary, and listens to her heart exactly when the time is right. This was a touching story that’s interweaved the thrill of a mystery, a sweet romance, and a sad reality, into a beautiful literary tapestry. The ending answered my questions, and the killer wasn’t very easy to peg. There’s a wonderful scene where a family tradition, of which I’m not accustomed, is explained beautifully and with intricate detail. I am both impressed and touched by the perceptive manner in which the author translates the plethora of problems our veterans face every day. I’m intrigued, and will follow this author from now on. Great book!
4.3 Star Review – Believing Again I recommend this book. I enjoyed this book by Peggy. This book includes passion, heartache, and murders. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books first. Beginning Again (Second Chance #1) Loving Again (Second Chance #2) Together Again (Second Chance #3) Trusting Again (Second Chance #4) Portland Police detective Danny Hartmann is on a new case where homeless veterans are being murdered. Sam, her partner, and her are investigating and interviewing people at the crime scene. Dr. Jake Abrams is the 9-1-1 caller and also the victim’s doctor. Danny and Jake butt heads right from the start. He likes her and finds out from her partner that she is single. As Jake and Danny start dating and growing closer they realize they both have some issues to work out. Jake has demons from his military deployment. Danny has issues with the way Jake thinks he needs to protect her. She is a cop and knows how to protect herself. As more veteran’s fall victims to the killer they realize that the thing they all have in common is Jake being there doctor. So who could be behind the murders and why Jake’s patients and not the other doctors in the clinic? When Jake tries to save Danny but lets the killer get away in the process Danny is about to beat him down. She decides that he is just not for her. Is there anyway Jake can win her back? If he does will he end up doing exactly the same thing if the opportunity comes up? Will they be able to chase down the killer? Who is the killer? Jake is a very sweet guy and just right for Danny. Jake has some insecurity that Danny helps him to overcome. Danny needs for Jake to realize that she can take care of herself and that she does not take unnecessary risks. I found the book to be a good read.