beginning to look a lot like love . .
approaches, Deputy Jill Flaherty decides it’s time to live a little. When she walks into Sawyer Anderson’s bar in her sexiest dress, she’s not thinking that he’s her brother’s best friend or about the many women he dated during his years as a pro hockey player. All she’s thinking is that it’s finally time to confess to her longtime crush how she truly feels.
ready to settle down, not Jill, and certainly not Jack, who is determined to keep Sawyer from breaking his little sister’s heart. But as Sawyer and Jill’s relationship heats up, can he prove that he’s her happy ever after?
praised for their “likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots” (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.
“No, I–” Sawyer broke off at the sound of someone moaning at the other end of the bar. Afraid it was who he thought it was, he prepared himself before slowly turning his head. Brilliant blue eyes locked with his.
“Oh, Sawyer, this is soo good. It’s the perfect combo of spicy and sweet,” Jill said, her voice huskier than normal. Something had happened to her hair too. She looked like she’d just been . . .
“What’s . . . ” he cleared his throat “. . . going on with you?”
She fluttered her lashes and ran her fingernail along the deep V of her dress. “It’s the drink. It gave me a rush.” Ty said something to her. She pursed her lips, then waved her hand in front of her face. “I’m all tingly and hot. Really, really hot.”
“Forget the whiskey. I’ll take whatever she’s drinking,” Mr. Murray said.
Sawyer ignored him and stared at Jill. He didn’t know what she was playing at, and she was definitely playing at something. She gave him a flirty finger wave. Jesus, she was flirting with him. No, couldn’t be. It wasn’t her style. He glanced at Ty because it was his style. “All right, out with it. What are you two up to?
Ty nudged her.
Jill scowled at Ty while scratching her neck and wriggling her shoulders. Just as Sawyer was about to prompt her again, she looked up at him from under her fake eyelashes. “I was wondering if . . .” She cleared her throat. “I was . . .” She trailed off when a fight broke out on the dance floor. She swiveled her bar stool and jumped off, about to head in that direction.
Ty grabbed her by the arm. “No, you promised!
“I can’t just let them . . . ” Jill began, wincing when a man stepped between the women to break them up and got kneed in the groin. She shook off Ty’s hand.
“Jill, I’ve got it. You–” Sawyer sighed. She was already halfway across the bar. He couldn’t help but smile when she barked an order at the two women now rolling around in the middle of the dance floor. She hauled them to their feet, flattening a palm on their foreheads to keep them apart as she read them their rights. Sawyer laughed at the cheerful expression on her face. No doubt about it, she loved her job. And that was the Jill he knew. The one he was comfortable dealing with.
Ty slid of his bar stool with a disappointed look on his face, reaching in his back pocket to pull out his wallet.
“Don’t worry about it, Ty. Jill covered both your drinks playing bouncer.”
Ty sighed and started to follow her out the door, then backtracked. “You know what? You should name a drink after her.” He opened his cell phone and handed it to Sawyer. A picture of Jill filled the screen. She was standing in front of her Jeep, the sun setting behind the Rockies in the distance. She held her gun in one hand, her badge in the other. “Hot Cop works, don’t you think?”
Yeah. A little too well.
Angie’s Review: I absolutely LOVE this series. I haven’t read them all, but I feel that you can read each one individually, if you don’t mind meeting people whose back stories were discussed in previous books.
Childhood unrequited love stories like Jill and Sawyer’s are just one of my favorite tropes. Jill has always wanted a family, but isn’t sure at thirty if she wants to take a chance on Sawyer, who also happens to be her brother Jack’s best friend.
To make things even more confusing, both Jack and Sawyer attempt to set Jill up with different men. Debbie Mason is the master of incorporating twists and turns in her stories, leaving the reader to doubt what they thought they knew, and surprising them with what happens eventually.
I was happy to catch up with characters from previous books and see how they were doing. This is the seventh in the series and I hope that the series won’t end for many more books to come.
Angie’s Rating: ****
Disclaimer: A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Vagueness of the actual story is my way of trying NOT to spoil the book for anyone else.