Review: In the St. Nick of Time by K.M. Daughters

In the St. Nick of Time by K.M. Daughters
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Release Date: July 6, 2011
Pages: 210
Source: ebook provided by publisher

All the Sullivans are good cops… The last Sullivan is a girl. Can she stack up against the boys? Kay Sullivan Lynch, reinstated to the Chicago Police Department after two years as a widowed mom of four, not only plans to excel on the force, but to show her brothers-who opposed her return to “the job”-that she’s up to the challenge. Captain Flynn Dowd, battling demons of his own, empathizes with Kay’s struggles-but Sidewalk Santas collecting for the hungry are dropping dead all over Chicago. No apparent motive, no identifiable MO. It’s up to Kay and Flynn to stop the “Santa Slayer.” As they race against time to stop the killer, Kay’s grief-deadened senses awaken to Flynn’s overwhelming sexual magnetism. But when he becomes more than just her partner, will her kids’ opposition force her to choose between motherhood and her man?

Review: This sexy, suspense filled mystery is a great read. What I didn’t know is that this is the fifth in a series, all about Kay’s brothers. They are on my too read list. A book I would recommend.

Kay has lost her husband and now faces having to raise her four children on her own. So she heads to what is her comfort zone and where her family is…Chicago. And back to the police department that runs deep in her family. All Kay wants is to be accepted by her peers and her family. Her brother who happens to be her superior isn’t going to give her a break at all. Kay although married before, brings a shyness of a mature woman starting a new relationship. She doesn’t know that she is still found attractive because after all she is the mother of four kids.

We get to see Kay go from mother, sister, daughter and detective throughout the story. Something most women can relate to.

In walks Captain Flynn Dowd. He moved to Chicago and joined the Police Department to get away from his troubles. He hasn’t thought of a woman in his life in such a long time and then in walks Kay. And his life gets turned upside down. Not only is she beautiful but she is dedicated to work, family, and friends.

Thrown together to solve the case of the Sidewalk Santa Killers they find themselves attracted to each other.

Kay and Flynn can’t find any rhyme or reason for the killings. Time is now against them and they need to find the murderer of the Santa’s. But they are unable to find a motive.

They also are up against her children as their romance takes off. Her kids don’t approve of Flynn. Kay has to come to terms with a difficult decision…family or the man she is falling for.

I really enjoyed this story K.M. Daughters has brought a cast of very strong characters off of the pages and right into your home. I found myself in Kay’s corner as she faces difficult challenges in her life. Kay had to find a way to create a new life for her family. One of the biggest conflicts was going back to the job she gave up years ago to be a wife and mother. Facing the loss of a husband and moving past into another loving relationship was hard. I was able to actually feel her strength as she goes against her family and becomes a working mother, daughter, sister and woman again. Most of all a woman, by choosing to do something for herself and not others, a lesson we all need from time to time.

K.M. Daughters has written a story so refreshing and alive that I felt I was able to be a very real part of it. Suspense and sexy romance who would have thought they could go hand in hand. She had me up until the very end and then I wanted more. Can’t wait to read about Kay’s brothers.


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