Rating: ★★★| 288 pages | Harlequin | Romantic Suspense | 06/01/2018 | Pre-order
or Purchase now at Harlequin.com Fair warning, there are some mild depictions and mentions of child abuse and assault, so proceed with caution.
Detective Armstrong Black and the Chicago P.D. gest a dose of Southern hospitality when Danni Winstead, one of Atlanta’s best, goes undercover to infiltrate a dangerous human trafficking ring (as you do in romance . . .seriously, why is it always trafficking ?) in the heart of The Windy City. The closer she gets to a break in the case the closer she is drawn to the indomitable Chicago detective.
This is a very plotty suspense novel which is exactly my thing, Armstrong and Danni’s attraction takes a back seat to Danni’s deep undercover work, which was enough to keep me flipping the pages. She quickly befriends a young girl caught on the fringes of the human trafficking ring and lets herself be lured into the dangerous lifestyle. With that being said I found it a little hard to believe that everyone just believes this 34-year-old detective is a teenager. She doesn’t even initiate the lie… people just assume she’s a teenager. . .all the time. Who is she, Bianca Lawson ?
Danni owns this story while Armstrong hangs out on the periphery doing his investigating thing. He comes from an influential law family; his mother is a judge, his father is retired superintendent of police and his siblings are basically sequel bait who are all named after famous jazz musicians which I thought was pretty creative.
This is book one in the To Serve and Seduce series. I’m glad Mello, who was previously only published in the soon to be defunct Kimani line, has found a place in Harlequin Suspense.
Hey, cover designers! How come the heroine doesn’t have a badge? I know it’s a stock photo but y’all couldn’t photoshop one on?