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Friday, January 3, 2014

Lethal Lawman by Carla Cassidy



Release Date - January 7, 2014

Carla Cassidy
Harlequin

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

It's nine below outside with wind chills reaching 40 below. I'm nestled inside with the pellet stove keeping the living room warm, but earlier I was tucked in bed with my dog and kitten and avoiding the thought of cold by reading Carla Cassidy's latest Men of Wolf Creek romance. Lethal Lawman is clearly the next book in a series, but it works well as a stand-alone romance.

In Lethal Lawman, Marlene Marcoli and her sisters are still hoping their aunt will be found alive. It's been two months, however, and there's been nary a trace of the older woman. Marlene is certain that her aunt is dead, but she soon has her own issues.

After Marlene's apartment is broken into, and then threatening notes are left, the detectives in Wolf Creek realize someone is after her and that she needs to go into hiding. Detective Frank Delaney isn't going to hide his attraction to Marlene, but he's also convinced he failed his late wife, so a new romance is not in the cards. He's not about to fail at a job, however, so protecting Marlene becomes his number one priority, even if it means being up close and personal with her.

The chemistry between Marlene and Frank is clear and quite heated. I also like the continuing mystery with what happened to Marlene's aunt. I have to say that the ending took me by surprise, and I'm a little confused why the detectives did not look at every possible angle, but it definitely ended up leading to the climatic suspense. Most importantly, the romance hooked me and now I really can't wait for the next Men of Wolf Creek romance.

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