Alicia's Awakening, the second book from In The Arms of the Law continues the story of Alicia and Isabella Knowles, cousins and fellow detectives. Alicia has been through a horrible experience that has changed her whole perspective toward life. As she tries to put her life back together by returning to work, it soon becomes apparent she is not yet ready to handle the rigors of her job. She allows her emotions to override procedure, compromising a murder scene and placing her partner at risk.
Alicia lashes out directing her pent up fear and anger at her new boss, Coleman Douglass. Cole has recently become Chief of Police, taking the place of Alicia's revered father, who recently retired. Complicating the situation is the memory of the passionate night Alicia spent with Cole while she was on vacation in Florida two years before. She had opened herself to the pleasure of his company never expecting to see him again. Now, he is her boss and he just placed her on suspension.
Furious, blaming herself for the death of the young woman and the subsequent rape and beating of Alicia's good friend Hannah, Alicia is determined to solve the two crimes, which now appear to be connected. Also at stake is the disappearance of the young son of the murder victim. As Alicia tries to track down the murderer on her own, and Cole tries to protect Alicia from harm, their relationship heats up.
Kacey Hammell keeps the reader enthralled as the story unfolds. Surprises and danger abound. The danger isn't just the violent assailant the 15th precinct detectives are hunting down, but the growing feelings Alicia and Cole have for one another. After all, he is her boss.
Hammell is very good at bringing her characters to life. I would love to see more stories about the 15th Precinct, and the P.I.'s that assist them, as they work the mean streets of Trenton.
Protection. Adventure. Love. It’s all found within The Arms of the Law… Detective Alicia Knowles once believed there was good in everyone. Not anymore. After a harrowing experience, she’s a changed woman. She’s more dangerous, moving through the darkness of her once sunny world, not sure what to do with her pent up feelings of fear and anger. Even her new boss, Cole Douglass, makes her feel out of control. One night years ago, she experienced sensations with him that she'd never felt with any other man. Now they work together and it can only be business between them. With her latest case however, temperatures rise. A missing child, a murderer on the run and a passion threatening to be rekindled. Can Alicia protect her heart from the most dangerous power of all…love at the hands of Police Chief Cole Douglass?