Grab a cup of hot cocoa and read Sophia Rose’s thoughts on the steamy, engaging romantic suspense novel, His to Defend by Sharon C. Cooper.
by Sharon C. Cooper
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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A romantic reunion
…threatened by their past.
Amina Kelly broke Sergeant Maxwell Layton's heart when she married his best friend. But the detective never forgot her…or the sizzling attraction they never acted on. Years later, while Maxwell and Amina work together to find her ex's killer, Maxwell finds his desire for the nurse stronger than ever. As he puts his life on the line to keep Amina safe, Maxwell realizes that the greatest risk of all might be to his heart.
Sophia Rose’s Review
He sees his one-time best friend gunned down in the line of duty and now he has the mystery of the man’s life and death to investigate. But, the investigation that has him feeling the most danger is into his feelings for the man’s ex-wife. Danger lurks in Vegas and I was eager to plunge in with my first full-length book by the author who has been catching my interest for some time.
His to Defend is the start of a new series, but the author’s note does explain that the hero was an important (aka fascinating) character in her earlier Sin City Temptation with Max’s sister’s story. One can start here easily though now I’m curious to get Trin and Gunner’s story after the mentions.
So, Maxwell is a stellar police sergeant and up for lieutenant. Max has lost all patience and all respect for his former best friend and now patrol partner. This latest incident between Jeremy and another officer fist fighting are nothing compared to the seething anger and betrayal Max feels because Jeremy Kelly stole the woman Max saw first, married her, and then destroyed his own marriage.
Jeremy is killed in the line of duty. Max has mixed feelings, but grief and loss are there with the hurt and anger. Surprising himself, the first person he goes to for comfort is Mina, the woman who chose Jeremy over him. He can’t go there and knows it- too complicated. He also can’t stop wondering about what was really up with Jeremy who turned mean and temperamental which got him divorced from Amina and nearly kicked off the force and if the disturbance call and subsequent shot were specifically meant for Jeremy.
Amina connected with Max, but then fell for Jeremy’s sexy smiles and attention. It wasn’t long before she knew she made the biggest mistake of her life the way he put her down and grabbed at her- especially when she learned of the way Jeremy tricked her and cut out his own best friend. It was Max who helped her realize she didn’t have to take Jeremy’s abuse or let him reduce her to nothing and now it is Max who is there when Jeremy’s death is the beginning of the danger now dogging her. Amina’s nursing is her calling, but she didn’t grow up the daughter of a decorated police officer for nothing. She and Max must get to the heart of Jeremy’s secrets to keep her safe. And, she wants to delve into other heart-related issues and put the past aside for something new with Max.
His to Defend jumped right in and moved swiftly through an exciting opening scene to the intro and background of the characters. The romance was dominant for much of the book as were the complications because of the dead man and their shared past that stood between them. But, the suspense is simmering in the background and the investigation is what ties them together. It came to an exciting head at the end.
I enjoyed both Max and Amina. He’s a dedicated officer, but he’s a natural protector and knows how to respect, care, and even love a woman tenderly as well as passionately if he can get past the whole ‘best friend’ rule and Mina not choosing him first. Mina, like Max, struck out at love so is married to her job as a compassionate and fun pediatric nurse who is great with her patients. She’s not as fiery as her sisters, but her emotions and thoughts smolder a little deeper. Jeremy hurt her and did a number on her heart. She knows Max isn’t Jeremy and she gets with the program first about giving them a chance.
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Vanessa @ Blushing Geek
A guy betrayed by his bestfriend by marrying the woman he loves. Ohhh, sounds juicy. I love mystery but adding that interesting element to this story makes me more curious. Definitely adding it to my list. Awesome review Sophia Rose!
Yes, that was quite the start knowing about that tangled relationship stuff. 🙂
Carole @ Carole's Random Life
This sounds really good. They have a rather complicated situation to overcome so it would be interesting to see play out.
They sure did. I was glad that much of the real barriers were out of the way early on and they just had to give their second chance a try.
Sounds like you’ve found a good new to you author to read! I love that when it happens. This one sounds good!
Yes! I’ve had her name on my list to try for a while so when I saw this start of a new series, I pounced. 🙂
I love romantic suspense and it’s been far too long since I’ve read any Harlequin titles. This sounds great!
They have really been bringing in some great authors and series to their romantic suspense line. I’ve tried a few new to mes, but also some old favs that haven’t been duds. 🙂
Well, I’d think the “best-friend” rule would’ve gone out the window with all that Jeremy did! I do enjoy a second chance romance and mixed in with suspense and danger sounds like an exciting read!
Agreed. I wasn’t real bothered about their spark of attraction from the first night he went to her for solace. 🙂
You are just everywhere today LOL
this is a new author to me but you know I LOVE Harlequin so I will be checking it out!
Haha, yes, coming to get you from all the blogs. 😉
I’ve read a novella by her and seen Sharonda really enjoying her stuff so I was glad to see she had a new series started with Harlequin.
It’s the first time I hear about this one but it looks good
Glad to introduce you, Melliane. 🙂