Thursday, June 13, 2013

Assumed Identity - Julie Miller (HI #1427 - June 2013)

Series: Precinct: Task Force (Book 4)

"Kansas City Hero"
Scarred inside and out by a past he can't remember, Jake Lonergan doesn't know if he's a heroic undercover DEA agent or the hit man who killed him and assumed his identity. While he is determined to remain in the shadows, it's Robin Carter and her baby girl who force him back into the light. When the gorgeous single mom is attacked, Jake comes to her rescue...and finds it impossible to walk away from this fragile little family. Now, with a dangerous stalker determined to get his hands on the only woman who got away, protecting Robin and her daughter becomes Jake's priority. But with his memories still in question, Jake fears what will happen when the bad guy comes calling. Can he prove he's the good guy Robin is convinced he must be?

Very good book.  Robin is the single mother of a baby girl.  She owns the flower shop in the area where the Red Rose Rapist has been active.  When she works late one night she is attacked on the way to her car.  She is saved by Jake who had been passing by and heard her scream.  While Jake is glad he was able to help, he just wants to go back to his quiet life staying out of everyone's way.

I liked Robin a lot.  She is a successful business owner who has become a single mother by adopting a little girl.  As important as she feels her business is little Emma is her number one priority.  When Jake rescues her Robin's greatest concern is making sure that Emma is safe.  At first she is afraid of Jake, until she realizes that he was helping her.  She found herself trusting him in spite of his frequent assertions that he is not a nice man.  I really loved the way that, even after he explained his memory loss and nightmares, she insisted that he was a good man and she had nothing to fear from him.  Her faith in him was just what he needed.

Jake was fantastic.  He had been shot in the head two years earlier and as a result had no memories from before that.  He suffers from nightmares where he is caught in a fire and shooting at people.  He has a bag with IDs in multiple names and has no idea if he is one of the good guys or a bad guy.  As a result he keeps himself separate from people, not allowing himself to get involved for fear of hurting someone.  When he comes to Robin's rescue there is something about her and her daughter that keeps him coming back to her.  He tries so hard to convince her that she should stay away from him but his inner nice guy keeps showing through.  I especially loved his interactions with the baby.  He was so afraid of her at the beginning, sure that he would hurt her.  By the end of the book he was so comfortable with her that he could care for her without breaking a sweat.  I also liked how the mystery of his identity was a concern of his all the way through and how that mystery was solved in the end.

I also really liked the brief appearances of characters from previous books, and the chance to catch up on their lives.  I loved seeing Pike and Hans and really hope that he will have his own story soon - maybe with Robin's friend Hope?

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