The first time Detective Brian MacGregor met Priya Shah, he was bleeding. Injured apprehending a suspect, he just needed a few stitches. He didn't expect to feel a gut punch of lust for the beautiful ER doc. But another emergency called her away before he had a chance to ask her out…or kiss her. Or find out if she shared his sudden sex-in-a-dark-hospital-room fantasy.
The second time he met Priya, she was protecting a murder witness.
Protecting is putting it strongly, if you ask Priya. Her cousin may have witnessed a murder, but she had nothing to do with it. Even if the hot ginger cop seems like the perfect solution to Priya's summer dry spell, they both have more important things to worry about. Like finding Sara before the murderer does.
As far as Brian's concerned, Priya is the key—her cousin is bound to come back to her eventually, and when she does, he'll be there. They just need to keep their hands off each other until then. But when attraction burns this hot, it's only so long before someone has to break…
This book is approximately 35,000 words
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In this charming novella, a heat wave in Boston competes with the scorching attraction between the protagonists. Det. Brian MacGregor needs to find Sara Murphy, a potential witness to a gang murder; instead he finds her cousin, the ER doctor who treated him a few weeks earlier. Priya Shah has spent her adult life repaying Sara for taking the blame for a teenage indiscretion and will do whatever she can to protect her, even if it means losing the attractive detective. The connection between Priya and Brian is immediate and believable, as are the internal and external pressures driving them apart. The constraints of the shorter format showcase the core of the story; Court (Guarding Her Heart) cleverly combines deep character development, cultural expectations, and family tensions with the thrill of Priya and Brian's searches for Sara, all without sacrificing plot, relationship, or emotional realism. The reader will fall for Brian and Priya as quickly as they fall for each other.