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This was very different that what I was expecting. I went into this thinking it would be a classic Linda Howard romantic suspense. That's how it is tagged. Unfortunately that's not really how it came across. The plot is that Morgan has been seriously injured and he needs to lie low while they try to figure out who is trying to kill him. He's placed with small town police chief Bo.

There is action for the first part of the book and then again at the end and those parts were what I would consider romantic suspense. The majority of the book though is what I would consider small town contemporary and it's mostly involves the heroine's Golden Retriever. I've read other books told by the dog's point of view and it can really work but it just didn't draw me in. Maybe because it was so not what I was expecting.

My biggest issue was the romance itself. I just didn't feel a connection between these two. I thought the romance was just ok. The end picked up but it wasn't enough to make me love the book.

Overall this was an average read. It was unique but was not what I was hoping for when I started this book.

Book Blurb for Troublemaker

A thrilling, fast-paced novel of romantic suspense from sensational New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Linda Howard.

For Morgan Yancy, an operative and team leader in a paramilitary group, nothing comes before his job. But when he’s ambushed and almost killed, his supervisor is determined to find out who’s after the members of his elite squad—and why. Due to worries that this unknown enemy will strike again, Morgan is sent to a remote location and told to lay low and stay vigilant. But between a tempting housemate he’s determined to protect and a deadly threat waiting in the shadows, keeping under the radar is proving to be his most dangerous mission yet.

The part-time police chief of a small West Virginian mountain town, Isabeau “Bo” Maran finally has her life figured out. She’s got friends, a dog, and a little money in the bank. Then Morgan Yancy shows up on her doorstep. Bo doesn’t need a mysterious man in her life—especially a troublemaker as enticing and secretive as Morgan.

The harder they fight the intense heat between them, the closer Morgan and Bo become, even though she knows he’s hiding from something. But discovering the truth could cost Bo more than she’s willing to give. And when Morgan’s cover is blown, it might just cost her life.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2016 3.50