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Extreme Pursuit by Alex Kingwell
Series: Chasing Justice #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Nicky Bosko barely remembers the mother who abandoned her twenty years ago. But when her mother's long-buried remains are discovered, the authorities suspect murder-and turn to Nicky for help. Putting her trust in the magnetic detective who wants to explore her memories of the past, Nicky is desperate to learn the truth.
Cullen Fraser knows the odds against solving a case as cold as this one. Yet the brutal killing of a woman deserves justice. As he begins to unravel a web of lies, it becomes clear that Nicky is in danger and that his need to protect her goes far beyond duty. But before he can even think of a future with her, he must keep her safe from the betrayals of her past…
Nicky had a lot of emotions to deal with where her mother was concerned. She spent years believing that her mother had simply abandoned her only to find out that she had been murdered. That alone would be enough to wrap your head around but then add in a father who is too torn up by his own grief and a sister who is just not there supportivly at all and you are left with little doubt as to why Nicky has relationship issues.
When Cullen comes along she is wary of him and not just because of her own issues. She works with at-risk youths and the detective could spell trouble for her work. It takes Cullen a while to bring down her walls and not be so defensive. As Nicky and Cullen work together to solve her mother’s murder things become more dangerous. The entire book was wonderfully written and there was more than enough suspense for me. I also enjoyed the romance of which there was the perfect blend. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep your on the edge of your seat. I haven’t read the first book in the series but I plan to.
An urge to run came upon her but she stood her ground. Foolhardy she could be but never cowardly.
The cop’s approach caught the attention of a middle-aged man in a suit walking past her. Slowing to catch the action, the suit looked from Nicky to the cop and back at her again. A hard stare convinced him to move on.
The cop stopped in front of her, flashed a shiny metal badge in her face. “Police Investigator,” it said. Her glance moved up his chest—lingering momentarily on the man cleavage peeking out from two undone buttons—to his face. He was hot, all right. Off-the-charts hot, with impressive eyebrows, a strong jaw, and a long, straight nose on a squarish face. His hair was messy and in need of a trim but, combined with the stubble on his chin, gave an impression of rough, raw masculinity more in keeping with thugs than cops. He’d be a natural at undercover work.
She met his eyes, felt her mouth drop open.
They were intense.
It wasn’t just their color—a clear, medium blue—but the way he was looking at her. But not in a way that suggested he liked what he saw. If anything, the opposite. More like the way a plastic surgeon might examine a particularly nasty facial disfigurement. A very rude plastic surgeon.
Swallowing hard, she took a full step back.
It was too weird. She said, “What are you looking at?”
He looked away for a moment, gave his head a little shake, then back at her. “You are Nicole Bosko?” His expression wasn’t as intense now, and she had the feeling he was making an effort to tone it down.
There didn’t seem any point in lying. She nodded, then gestured
across the street toward the shelter. “I’m late for work.”
He held up a hand. “I’m Detective Cullen Fraser. I have some questions I’d like to ask you.”
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