Exhausted by the futility of her efforts against the city’s endemic problems and the revolving door of violence in her Chicago emergency room, Dr. Miranda Campbell came home to Wishful, where she knew she could make a real difference in people’s lives. Between her clinic, a rotation in the hospital’s ER, volunteer work at the new women’s shelter, and time spent with family and friends, her life is full. But it’s not too full to notice a sexy lawman when she sees one.
Former US Marshal Ethan Greer is still settling into the job as Wishful’s new Chief of Police, but he’s starting to realize it may be years before he’ll ever be considered one of the locals. Fair enough. He’s the first to admit that making the shift to small town policing is a big adjustment. After losing his marriage and almost his life in line of duty, the slow pace of Wishful is a change he’s happy to make.
While Miranda’s and Ethan interest in each other is mutual, he’s not sure about taking on a serious relationship. That’s just fine with her. But when Miranda is targeted in an escalating chain of threatening events, Ethan’s Marshal instincts go on overdrive. Miranda’s rose-colored view of Wishful is putting her in danger. She’s become more than a casual fling or a job responsibility. With Ethan’s training screaming at him to put her in protective custody, can he find out who’s behind the threats before he pushes Miranda away?
Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined.
Note: Kait Nolan’s Wishful and Wishing For A Hero series intertwine. Nolan has this nifty spreadsheet on her website showing the chronological order if you’re obsessive like me. While I think Nolan does enough explaining that this could stand on its own – there are a mentions of events & characters from book 1 & 2 as well as Wishful citizens from other books that I think it would be better enjoyed by those fully immersed in the Wishful “universe”.
Ah! I’ve been waiting for Ethan’s story since Make You Feel My Love and Kait Nolan did NOT disappoint. (It also helps to bring up the image of Timothy Olyphant from Justified – swoon!) While this relationship proceeds at break-neck speeds, Nolan made it work in this full-length novel by giving Ethan and Miranda somewhat similar backstories. In their mid-30s and kindred spirits it was sweet to experience them coming together in a town full of meddling neighbors and relatives. As their romance progresses, there’s a steadily building mystery/suspense/stalker plot that kept me on edge and guessing until the villain is finally revealed.
I adore that Nolan’s heroines are not only intelligent and capable, but they would never fall in the “too stupid to live” category – which is a huge pet peeve of mine in romantic suspense. While Ethan does ultimately save the day, Miranda is no shrinking violet and stands her own when confronted with a harrowing situation.
The ending and epilogue are a nice wrap up to a sexy & thrilling story. Poor maligned Delaney gets her own book next in Burn for You.
About the author:
Kait Nolan is a RITA® Award-winning Mississippi author who calls everyone sugar, honey, or darlin’, and can wield a ‘Bless your heart’ like a Snuggie or a saber, depending on requirements. She believes in love, laughter, and that tacos are the world’s most perfect food. When she’s not writing, reading, working the evil day job, or wrangling family (both the two-legged and the four-), you can find her obsessively watching The Great British Bake Off.
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My Favorite Quotes
He angled his head, taking the kiss past a well-intentioned thank you and into does this door have a lock? territory. – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by @kaitnolan #SmallTown #RomanticSuspense #WishingForAHero #Mystery #PoliceTweet
My sister’s got claws, and she fights dirty. You hurt her, she’ll take care of you herself. I’ll just be there to help hide the body. – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by @kaitnolan #SmallTown #RomanticSuspense #WishingForAHero #Mystery #PoliceTweet
“The police chief, on the front porch, in a towel!” Clay crowed it as if he’d just won a game of Clue when he answered the door. – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by @kaitnolan #SmallTown #RomanticSuspense #WishingForAHero #Mystery #PoliceTweet
He needed to be calm, cold, and collected—a hunter of men. – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by @kaitnolan #SmallTown #RomanticSuspense #WishingForAHero #Mystery #PoliceTweet