My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 27th 2015 by HQN Books
ISBN 0373779119 (ISBN13: 9780373779116)
series Jackson: Girls' Night Out #2
other editions None found
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BOOK SYNOPSISThere's no hiding from sizzling chemistry…
Artist Isabelle West has good reasons for preferring a solitary life. Tucked away in a cabin in the woods, she has everything she needs . . . except a red-hot love life. That is, until a hard-bodied U.S. marshal threatens to unearth secrets she's spent years protecting. But giving in to the sparks flying between them can only lead to one thing…disaster.
Tom Duncan lives by the letter of the law. But no one has tempted him—or confused him—more than free-spirited Isabelle, who arouses his suspicion and his desire. As their connection grows, and their nights get hotter, they find their wild attraction might shake everything he stands for—and expose everything she has to hide.
My ThoughtsIsabelle West is a woman on the run who has finally settled down in a cabin outside the town of Jackson Wyoming. She feels safe, has made friends and makes a good living as a medical illustration artist. Her world changes with the arrival of US Marshal Tom Duncan, he has come to Jackson as leader of the protection detail assigned to the judge living near Isabelle. Tom stops by to introduce himself and her evasiveness causes alarm bells to ring which in turn leads him to start investigating the beautiful woman who intrigues him on a personal level as well as a professional one.
Tom Duncan is not the typical alpha male one would expect as a US Marshal, however his instincts have been well honed for ferreting out truths that others miss and when he feels like something does not gell with what he has been told than those instincts lead him on a path that could cost him Isabelle as well as his badge.
This was a combination of mystery, romantic suspense and steamy scenes that all balance out well with the strong characters who inhabit the story. Even the stray side stories that involves several supporting characters were well blended into the main event.
I enjoyed how the relationship developed with Isabelle and Tom, enjoyed the fact that the conflicts they faced were within the scope of believability and am happy to have had the chance to enjoy an author new to me.
Missed out on reading Looking For Trouble-Jackson Girls’ Night Out #1 but never feel the lack as this worked well as a stand alone tale that showed occasional glimpses into previous installments in the series.
Read Fanning the Flames bonus novella after finishing Netgalley digital review copy of Flirting with Disaster and wish Jake and Lauren would have had a chance for their story to be read before Tom and Isabelle's but regardless am happy to read both as the little novella was a fun introduction into the series and truly helped put Jake and Lauren's relationship into perspective.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]