Sunday, March 10, 2013

Tactical Advantage - Julie Miller (HI #1408 - Mar 2013)

Series: Precinct: Task Force (Book 3)


When his coinvestigator was attacked just moments after Detective Nick Fensom left the scene, he swore he'd never let her get hurt again. Thanks to their tense relationship, criminologist Annie Hermann wasn't happy to have Nick as her newly appointed protector. And although Nick couldn't blame her, being together 24/7 caused him to see Annie in a whole new light. Before long, he couldn't stop picturing the beautiful brunette wrapped up in his arms-and in his sheets. But allowing unfamiliar feelings to get in the way of the job was completely unprofessional...especially once Annie discovered the evidence that could cost her her life. 

Very good book.  The search is continuing for the Rose Red Rapist and this time it is Annie who has been threatened.  As the crime scene investigator for the task force she is the one who gets called out when there has been another incident.  She was attacked while looking for evidence and the evidence was stolen.  Nick felt guilty because he had not been close enough to protect her and swore it wouldn't happen again.  

I really liked both Nick and Annie.  They have been sniping at each other from the beginning of their time on the task force.  She doesn't understand his constant teasing and comments, not knowing when he is serious or not.  Annie has led a very quiet life for the last ten years, ever since her parents died in an accident.  She was briefly engaged but the man tried to change her into something she wasn't.  Now she keeps to herself and concentrates on work to protect herself from further loss.  On this night something changes between her and Nick and she isn't quite sure what to do about it.  She also gets exposed to his family, a boisterous friendly group that is unlike anything she has ever known.  She isn't sure she needs the constant protection that Nick is insisting on, but she can't change his mind.  It doesn't take long for those previously snippy confrontations to turn into something quite different.  I really enjoyed seeing the way that Annie's mind works and how well she and Nick ended up working together.  I also liked the way that the more time she spent with him and his family the more she learned about herself.

Nick is a great hero.  It was kind of nice to see a hero that isn't more than six feet tall.  He is part of a large family that is big on caring for each other.  He has always been protective of them and now that protectiveness has been extended to Annie.  As he spends time with her he begins to realize that his previous attitude had been covering up an attraction he didn't know he felt.  When she is attacked his guilty feelings cause him to insist on protecting her 24/7.  While he feels better being with her for her safety it is also causing him to be somewhat distracted, especially once he kissed her the first time.  I loved watching him learn more about her and see the shy woman behind the excellent investigator.  There was a lot more sensitivity to him than appeared at the beginning and I really liked seeing it come out.  I also loved the way that his partner teased him about his growing attachment to Annie.  I really liked Nick's attitude toward Annie's ex-fiance when he met the guy and how much Annie enjoyed it.

The action in the book was great and definitely kept me turning the pages.  There are more clues to the identity of the Rapist and the Cleaner.  I am looking forward to the rest of the series and finding out who the bad guys are - especially if my suspicion is correct.

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