Archaeologist Gabby Knight has been living under an assumed identity to steer clear of her mobster father’s enemies. But when she suspects her father of plotting to steal a priceless statue buried in New Mexico, she risks everything and sets out for the desert to beat him to it—and to save him from making a grave mistake. Breaking into a secluded cabin to wait out a blizzard, she’s not worried about visitors. It’s not like anyone would be traveling in this kind of weather…right?
Wrong. Detective Jake Morris has been ordered to take an overdue vacation, so he’s looking for some quiet time in the isolated retreat. But getting clobbered over the head by an auburn-haired firecracker wielding a cast-iron pan wasn’t the relaxing start he had in mind. Using a lot of charm and a little help from his prophetic ex-wife, Dani, he soon discovers who the sexy intruder really is.
Serving justice is in Jake’s blood, so he can’t help but join Gabby on her quest to protect the statue and catch a thief. To properly do his job, Jake knows he can flirt but better not fall. After all, what kind of future could a cop and a mobster’s daughter hope to have?
This was another fun and quirky book in this series that extends just beyond the realm of believability but still close enough to the line to make it fun and entertaining. This takes the forbidden romance trope from being angsty to being fun and thrilling and making me root for the characters and want to see how they will get through it. In the previous book Jake was likable, just not the right guy for Dani, so I was happy to see him have his own book here. It was nice to see more depth to his character and some evolution in his interaction with Gabby. Gabby is an interesting contradiction of naïve and street smart and certainly perfect for keeping Jake on his toes. This book is great for anyone who is a fan of Baumann’s books or a good romantic comedy.
OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy
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