A 2016 RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Nominee for Contemporary Romance!
He could be the man to rescue her
Big city K-9 cop Ronan McGuire loves women, loves his dog, loves his job—but when old flame Maddy Morgan moves into his jurisdiction, he can’t think about anyone else. Ronan knows she’s way out of his league, but he’s determined to help Maddy live life to the fullest.
In more ways than one
With tragedy in her past, Maddy has immersed herself in work and swiftly made a name for herself in the hot New York City real estate market. She’s looking for safety, not love, but Ronan McGuire is as persistent as he is sexy, and his crooked smile is hard to resist. But all other concerns are wiped away when Maddy goes missing and Ronan and his bloodhound K-9 partner are tasked with finding her and bringing her home.
Praise for Brave the Heat:
“Boasts suspense that burns as hot as the love scenes.” —Publishers Weekly
“A great addition to Humphreys’ stellar booklist!” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars TOP PICK
“An amazing new series starring everyday heroes... Brave the Heat tells the moving tale of fear and tragedy, love and loss and second chances to get it right.” —Heroes and Heartbreakers
Readers will be enthralled by the perfectly flawed protagonists of this heart-pounding romantic thriller, the second in Humphreys's McGuire Brothers contemporary series (following Brave the Heat). Maddy Morgan fled tiny Old Brookfield for Manhattan, hoping to start a new life away from memories of her deceased boyfriend. Becoming a successful real estate agent, she immerses herself in work. But no matter how much she tries to run from her former life, there's a constant reminder: NYPD K-9 officer Ronan McGuire. Ronan has wanted Maddy since high school, but she was involved with his friend. She doesn't want to be in a relationship, so Ronan settles for being just her friend, stifling his physical and emotional attraction to her. When a serial killer targets women in Maddy's profession, Ronan makes it his mission to protect her at all costs; Maddy insists on every possible degree of independence. Soon, they find themselves caught between the need for safety and the risky desires of their hearts. Readers will swoon over Ronan, and dog fanciers will especially appreciate his delightful canine companion, Bowser. A choice of suspects, each with clear motives, and a few red herrings make this sexually charged whodunit a deeply satisfying read.
This is book #2, in The McGuire Brothers series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading this series in order.
Ronan has been in love with Maddy since they were in school. Growing up in the same small town, he came to appreciate her quirky ways. She was busy with someone else, so he had to bide his time until it was right to ask her out.
Maddy has had a lot happen to her in the last year alone. She lost someone she loved. She knows she must get on with her life, but it is hard to motivate yourself into action. Ronan changes all of that by just looking at her.
This story was so sexy! I loved the characters connection right from the beginning. Good installment for the McGuire Brothers series. The pace was good. Seeing characters from the previous story was nice also.
Trouble Walks In
I am used to reading Sara's shifters so it was good to read a contemporary. She sure knows how to give us a good story. This is a tough story line as it should be. Maddie is a realtor in NYC and is having a bad time with a new guy at work. It's fall and she can't wait to see old friends and be part of her best friend's wedding. Ronan is K-9 in the NYPD with his partner, bloodhound Bowser. He runs with Maddie and will be at the wedding of his brother. Here come the Spoilers! Maddie is grieving. Ronan has always cared for her. Now someone is murdering realtors. She is independent. Ronan just wants to keep her safe. How does this work? I enjoyed this book. I kept lots of tissues nearby. It really goes fast with the reading. I hope you will give this story a chance. Enjoy! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.