Proving her innocence…at all costs
The exciting second book of the To Serve and Seduce miniseries
Former Chicago cop Mingus Black is used to liars. So why does the PI believe a teacher who insists she’s being framed? Joanna Barnes is totally convincing…in more ways than one. The chemistry between Mingus and Joanna becomes perilously potent, but until he can find out who framed her for a heinous crime, everything they love hangs in the balance.
About the Author
Deborah Fletcher Mello has been writing since forever and can’t imagine herself doing anything else. Her first romance novel, Take Me to Heart, earned her a 2004 Romance Slam Jam nomination for Best New Author, and in 2009, she won an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for her ninth novel, Tame a Wild Stallion. Born and raised in Connecticut, Deborah now considers home to be wherever the moment moves her.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Tempted by the Badge" is an engaging romantic suspense. Joanna is a teacher at a high school in Chicago, who is hearing rumors that a teacher is about to get arrested for having an affair with a student. She is completely shocked when it turns out to be her, considering she would never cross that line. Luckily, Mingus, a private investigator, believes her and is willing to work her case. As he tracks down the evidence and gets to the truth of the matter, the case is even bigger than expected. The mystery of the book is intense and paced very well to keep the pages turning. I'm generally not a fan of stories that have false police reports based on sexual assault- mainly because such a thing is very rare and the presence in books and such make it seem more prevalent than it is, casting doubt on actual victims. If I push that concern aside, the suspense and mystery of the case keeps the book moving quickly and engagingly. In terms of the romance (between Joanna and Mingus), this was really strong and has a good build, though sped up by circumstances. It's hard to imagine what you would do when faced with such false accusations and evidence, but Joanna handles it all with a lot of grace. This is a solid romantic suspense, and I would definitely be curious to read more from this series. Please note that I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Strong characters, a compelling plot and just enough mystery to nab my attention and keep it throughout! The powerful Black family is once again center stage with the second book in the To Serve and Seduce series. When Simone’s best friend finds herself in need of some help, Simone calls out the big guns of her brothers the lawyer, PI and cop. Lots of mystery, sexy seduction and close knit family time. Really loved this story! Former cop, turned PI Mingus Black is used to seeing the unsavory side of the world, but when his sister calls him in for help when her best friend finds herself being set-up to take the fall for something she would never do, he’s not sure what to make of the intriguing woman. Teacher Joanna Barnes finds herself under attack and being vilified to the world before she can even catch her breath. She would never have done the things they are accusing her of, but someone has gone to a lot of trouble to make it look like she did. Who … and why? Will Mingus be able to clear her name before her entire career is down the drain? And the instant connection they had to each other is a dangerous game to be playing at this point in time … dare they take a chance on each other?
I thoroughly enjoy reading romantic suspense and this is another great example of the genre! The fact that it involves a teacher, Joanna Barnes, protesting her innocence despite lots of evidence to the contrary made it even better for me. I found it so easy to relate to Joanna and was so glad her best friend’s brother, Mingus Black, also believed her and sought to help prove her innocent. It is an intricate plot with plenty of red herrings and surprises. The main characters are well developed and their romance potent but this doesn’t detract from a range of superbly portrayed secondary characters, too. The Blacks are such a great, loving family and Mingus is somewhat of a rule breaker, never doing things quite as the others would anticipate but they still all love and support each other no matter what. It is a story full of intrigue, misdirection and love, a real page turner to keep you on the edge of your seat wondering how they can prove Joanna’s innocence! I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.