When Detective Jason Morgan is tasked with keeping a local restaurant owner safe as part of a make-or-break case, he rises to the challenge. The job is his first priority, and he owes it to the memory of his father, a detective killed in the line of duty, to do it at any cost. But Jason never expected Serenity Gallagher to be so beautiful, so serious…or so tough to protect.
Serenity has moved from place to place at the whim of her capricious mother all her life. The last thing she wants is to leave the diner she finally calls home, even if it means being stuck with a sexy blue-eyed detective. But she’s the only witness to a horrible crime, and the man behind it wants her very, very dead. Going into protective custody means survival, no matter how much Serenity hates hiding.
As Jason and Serenity bide their time together, they are shocked to discover they have much more in common than the surface reveals. But keeping her safe is Jason’s number one priority, no matter how much he’s drawn in by the woman beneath the witness, and Serenity’s past makes it difficult to trust. As the stakes get higher and the spark burns hotter, can Jason and Serenity draw the line?
Review: This was a quick read at just over one hundred pages. It was a fast paced novella with a lighthearted playfulness to it even though it is a romantic suspense with a crime and two murders. Serenity, the owner of Mac’s Diner, walked in on a crime scene at her business and then was assaulted herself. Enter detectives Jason and Noah and things heat up. Jason and Serenity have instant chemistry and he knows who she is because he eats lunch at Mac’s every Wednesday with his twin sister Violet – who happens to be dating his partner and best friend, Noah. Watching Jason try to be all business as he protects Serenity at the safe house since she’s the only witness to the crime doesn’t go as planned. As things heat up in the kitchen and the bedroom I could only root for more.
There are family, friends, a bad guy, lots of food, romance and love. There was also an overlooked detail that caused an almost near fatal error. There was an anticipated happily ever after with some closure but since there are two more books to the series I can only hope we’ll meet up with all of them again.
Kincaid is a new to me author but her books will be added to my always growing TBR pile. I need to go back and read book one in the series, Love on the Line as well as books three and four, Outside the Lines and Pushing the Line, respectively. I also will read her full length novels. At the end of the book there was a recipe for Serenity’s Apple Turnovers that sound yummy so I may just have to give them a try.
Favorite Quote: “It’s all about action and reaction, Ms. Gallagher,” he said, his breath hot as it curved into her ear. “So what are you going to do?”