Law enforcement royalty, Stevie Cavanaugh’s fate was determined before she was born: follow her father’s lead, retiring only after becoming Sheriff. But as capable and strong as she is, one man dared to awaken her dark sensuality, only to leave her aching for more. Now he’s back, the baddest cop in the whole damn town, distracting her from the most important case of her career—capturing the Cain killer.
For Special Agent Jack Thornton, like Stevie, police work is in his blood. So is Stevie, the woman he left behind after just one perfect night. Now he’s forced to work with her to catch a killer. Only he wants more of Stevie, too.
According to Stevie, she’s not interested. But Jack knows her deepest darkest sexual secret—that while she’s a woman used to giving command, she also takes great pleasure in submitting—to him. Despite how things ended seven years prior, Jack is determined to take Stevie to the next level.
When the fire between them becomes an inferno, they’ll both savor the burn...
Stevie may have the name of someone filled with more testosterone then estrogen but she is definitely all woman! Oh yes, she hides her femininity well in order to do her job and it's fair to say her police colleagues view her as a bit of an iron maiden but the respect she earns from a job well done is compensation enough for Stevie. Pushed by her late father to excel, she has no time for romance and besides her heart was broken the one time she let a man close. Right now, all Stevie wants is to bring the murderer known as the Cain killer to justice, but city hall is getting edgy and decide it's time to bring in the FBI .
Jack is a special agent who has seen it all. There's nothing that worries him and yet he has never forgotten one night of pure bliss with the most seductive woman he has ever met. Oh, he has no intention of ever settling down and happily walked away, but if there was any woman in the world he could truly let his guard down with, it would be with the lustrous Stevie Cavanaugh.
Three women are dead and although the local police seem to be on the right trail, it's clear the FBI’s resources would make a huge difference; except the officer in charge is a very angry and stubborn Stevie and the last thing she intends to do is just roll over and let Jack take charge. Butting heads at every turn, it's clear the passion they once shared still smolders and if it's up to Jack that blaze will become an inferno! With a killer who attacks at the full moon, they are short of time to gather evidence but that won't stand in their way. What started out as a simple case rapidly escalates as the hunted becomes the hunter and it's clear Stevie is right within his sights! Giving her body to Jack is one thing but her trust? Maybe that's a step too far for Stevie!
Ms Tabke is married to an ex-cop so that makes her take on police procedures a whole lot more believable. I'm pretty sure the infamous "cop humour" is a part of how they deal with the tragedy that dogs their working lives, but until now I hadn't considered just how in touch with their sexuality some working in law enforcement might be. In Breaking Bad, the lead couple spend their days in charge but there's a little submissive in most of us. I would describe this as steamy rather than erotic and it's a relationship that sizzles, but I was not terribly convinced Jack’s motives made sense. I did admire the heroine, Stevie, as working in what's still considered a man’s world is tough at the best of times, but I'm not sure if I'm glad she was in touch with her own physical needs or if she was just a pushover when it came to Jack! Certainly they struggle to keep their hands off each other and as the story progresses, Jack has to deal with his own jealous nature as his inner caveman asserts itself.
Two characters who have made mistakes finally getting the chance to see if what they have is worth fighting for. A villain who is clearly one sandwich short of a picnic but then again, he is clearly deranged and yet able to function so well in public, which is always creepy. I enjoyed this and whilst I'm not a huge contemporary fan, I will certainly continue to seek out this author’s work. I suspect those who enjoy a steamy suspense will be rushing to buy this book and any others Ms Tabke adds to the series.