In each Cold Case Detectives story, an investigation into a long ago murder tries to finally solve what actually happened to any victims. There is also a possible romance in the works, often unexpected and not without some difficult complications to overcome. In the latest installment, Jennifer Morey reverses a huge objective of her main characters from what is typical, as the man is the one who wishes to have a stable life with his own family while the woman wants to remain independent. What transpires after the couple meet is far from ordinary, and many moments turn emotional as challenges develop. I definitely enjoyed watching the hero and heroine work through their problems, as his persistence and her stubbornness frequently clash. TAMING DEPUTY HARLOW has unforeseen peril and lots of confrontations.
When Jamie Knox gets a visit from the head of Dark Alley Investigations, he is surprised to be offered a job safeguarding the employees plus clients. He is at a crossroads in his life because of a recent situation, and working for the agency that handles cold cases would fit into his future plans to live a more typical life, one perhaps containing a wife and even some kids. After some pondering, Jamie decides taking this new position may be the way for him to feel better about himself.
After hearing Kadin Tandy is actually her father, Reese Harlow wants to learn about the owner of Dark Alley Investigations. She also just found out there was an unsolved murder committed in her small Colorado town a long time ago, and taking the case to the renowned agency is the perfect way to discover facts related to her parent. Since Reese is a deputy, finding information about the murder is of great interest to her, too. Her long-range goals are put in jeopardy when she ends up working closely with Jamie, while trying to locate answers linked to the killer brings danger into her life.
Filled with hidden threats and numerous secrets, TAMING DEPUTY HARLOW builds the intrigue of what will happen next. From the very start, I wanted to learn more about the unexplained murder in the picturesque mountain town where Reese works. As clues are sought and answers are gradually found, I kept changing my guess as to the real motive that lead to a woman being killed. Jennifer Morey certainly made things tricky for Reese and Jamie, as they are kept in the dark about several very crucial matters for much of the story.
Though Reese is not looking to be in a relationship at this time, Jamie cannot stop himself from hoping her mind will change. I had to smile at several of their conversations, as his desire for a settled life keeps his words positive when her views about them as a couple seem uncompromising. Reese is a woman who knows what she wants and is determined to fulfill her dreams, regardless of how much her professional life overshadows her personal one. Jamie has lived through some tough times, and this has made him comprehend things from a different perspective. I liked seeing a man who is focused on being happy, and then working toward making his ambitions happen if at all possible. It was also great revisiting with Kadin and his family, as I really like this commanding man. Hopefully, there will be more cold cases for him and his agency to solve.
Received copy from author
Series: Cold Case Detectives
Publisher: Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Releases: December 1, 2016
Author website: http://www.jenniferamorey.com/
Rating: 4 Stars