The last thing Nick Cappuano expected to see was his best friend and boss, Senator John O’Connor murdered in his bed. He expected to see him sound asleep possibly with a blonde next to him. It wouldn’t be the first time Nick had found John like that. However, lying in bed with something stuffed in his mouth and his sightless eyes wide open was something Nick never wanted to see. After throwing up, Nick called the police and wondered who would do such a thing to his friend.
Nick’s second surprise of the morning was a much nicer one. Arriving on the scene to take over the case was the woman of his dreams, Sergeant Sam Holland. Nick and Sam met six years prior and though Nick called Sam several times, she never returned his calls. Yet, he has never forgotten her.
Sam was immediately attracted to Nick 6 years ago and wonders why he never called. She was married and divorced during those years but she never forgot Nick.
Can Sam and Nick get their relationship back on track? Nick’s a witness/suspect and having any kind of relationship with Sam could cost Sam her job and Sam had enough problems without adding any to her life. The pressure is on though for her to find the killer and Nick seems to be her best beat for someone to help her find the details of the Senator’s life and a motive for his death.
This book was awesome. I was hooked almost immediately and just didn’t want to put it down. Interruptions were not welcomed as I became more and more intrigued with Sam’s case. Sam and Nick’s relationship was a fantastic bonus.
The mystery was terrific. There were plenty of suspects and not many clues. Throughout the story, you would think you might have a lead only to find it was a dead-end. The twists that the plot took were unexpected and really wretched up the drama and suspense. John was liked by everyone, so who killed him? Was it due to the immigration bill that was coming to vote on the day he was found dead? Was it due to his kinky sex life? Was it an old political rival?
If the mystery was terrific, the characters were superb. Sam played by the rules and her ethics were untouchable. She knew her job and how to do it, so why was she almost bending the rules for Nick? Nick came from a poor background and ended up rubbing elbows with the rich and powerful. Some of his quirks came from his childhood and could drive Sam crazy. Sam’s partner is a 29 year old virgin who is thinking about saving himself for marriage. Sam’s dad was a chief who was paralyzed while making a traffic stop. John’s parents want to protect his good name. All in all, unique characters with their own personalities that bring you into their world.
Romance, mystery, power and intrigue are all the essential elements of this wonderful book. The ending surprised me yet it made perfect sense.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves a romantic mystery.