There are two things in this life that Gus Brannock truly loves; his family and his job. His family is growing and he wants what his brother and sister have before the job he's worked so hard for takes its toll. The woman he's got his eye on, however, isn't interested in being with a man who risks his life every day. When the unexpected friendship with the sassy red head he used to hate turns into something Gus just doesn't want to live without, he will do whatever it takes to have her. The hazards of his job as a detective for missing children may end up proving to be too much, but there's a reason Aiden was brought into his life and nothing will stand in his way to keep her there.
Aiden Murphy used to hate the handsome jerk next door until a surprising discovery spun her world in another direction. Her life of devotion to her sister and niece has been her biggest strength with the exception of her art. That is, until Gus turns out to be the one thing that has been missing from that life all along. Aiden must decide if the unknown is worth the risk of loving the dedicated detective or if being pulled into his world is more than she can handle. When Gus becomes the only way for her to keep the people she loves most safe, will she understand why he treasures her untried strength or will she let her fear of the unknown decide for her?
For readers 18+ due to strong language and sexual situations.
About the Author
I live in Morgan Utah with my husband, daughter, and dog, Kolo. I write as often as my active daughter will let me and my husband has the patience of a saint. I find inspiration from dreams, people I meet, and life experiences. When I write, I usually end up drinking one too many cans of Peace Tea, eating three too many Fruit by the Foot fruit snacks, and accidently kicking my pup and best buddy, Kolo, too many times since he loves to sleep under my desk at my feet. I started writing as a teen, but my fear of the unknown won out every time and I threw everything out. After becoming a mother and deciding to stay at home to raise my beautiful little girl, I tried again when I couldn't stop thinking of ideas. I loved every minute, every hour of sleep lost, and every character that came to life in my mind. It's strange, but my favorite moments are when I have writer's block because I can turn to my husband and find inspiration through him by just doing what we do best together. Talking, laughing, and just being in love. He doesn't like to read, but he never stops encouraging me to keep going. Writing has become an important part of my life and every book has a special place in my heart.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. Up until 4 AM in order to finish it... but I could not put it down. First of all, it is a love story with a "smirk and wink". Aiden and Gus are really meant for each other. The fact that they are neighbors and are forever feuding, only means this couple enjoys a different kind of foreplay, because their chemistry is palpable. Second, it is a story about the most horrific crime feared by all responsible parents... the abduction of a child. Gus is a cop in the missing persons division. This is a job he loves because he loves children and is very protective of them. He prides himself on the fact that he has never lost one... and he is not about to start now, no matter how distracted he is with his attraction to the redhead next door. Finally, it is a story about family and what it means to love them above everything else. The love and support they share is intrinsic to all the characters in this book now related to the Brannock family. It teaches that nurturing and protecting your family is the safe haven that lasts forever and pays forward. This book is thrilling. The mystery that runs as the undercurrent throughout of who is abducting these children simmers in the background like a pulse. As our story progresses, the simmer crescendos to a boil and you will not be able to put it down until all is resolved.