Detective Shane Ford, Sugarland's favorite cop, has been blindsided by the sudden death of his best friend, NFL star Brad Cooper, and by becoming the legal guardian of Brad's son, Drew - a bitter, angry 16-year-old with a dangerous secret. Shane is determined to pry the truth from Drew, but he manages only to alienate him - and winds up going head-to-head with Juvenile Officer Daisy Callahan, whose job is to protect the teen's best interests.
Shane has always been drawn to Daisy's beauty and strength, but he's determined not to allow their intense attraction to interfere with his duty ever again. It's a vow that will prove difficult to keep, as the realities of Shane and Daisy's blossoming love and their growing bond with the grieving teen propel Shane headlong into danger for the new family he has sworn to protect.
©2013 Jo Davis (P)2013 Tantor
"Explicit erotic scenes and the mystery behind Brad's death make this a satisfying, fast-paced listen." (Publishers Weekly)
The author has not changed much in the six years since she published Trial by Fire. The hero is still introduced to readers as having nothing but sex in his brain right in the middle of work. This time, though, Shane gets a better deal than the hero in TbF. Howard, I think his name was, was obsessing over the heroine's breasts right in the middle of fighting a fire and rescuing the trapped victims. At least Shane wasn't right in the middle of a crime scene but still, it's a police squad room and work is in progress but we get a whole paragraph detailing his sexual thoughts about Daisy. Puhlease.
I felt bad for Sean Crisden because he's one of my fav narrators and I wish he were narrating the Karen Rose books. Or the other serious romantic suspense titles, not this piece of nonsense. Sworn to Protect was not worth even the Whispersync price because I had to buy the Kindle first.
Wow, another book where someone wants to blame themselves for someone else’s death. Can’t authors just got over that? And, again, a teenage who is a total A-hole through the entire book then when it’s almost the end (80%) Drew changes and you’re suddenly supposed to like him? I also don’t like kids in contemporary books because I detest the word “whatever” and I know that that word is going to be all over the story. AND it was said 20 to 25 times. UGH! And then Drew sneaks out at 2:00 in the morning with Ty and, of course, they get caught tagging one of the bad guy’s house and barn, the first of his TSTL moments, then another TSTL moment when he got caught again because he had been snooping somewhere he shouldn’t have been snooping. Who didn’t know that?
And are we almost finished writing about the slutty biotch that says something to the heroine and the stupid heroine believes whatever crappy thing the slut says and breaks up with the hero. Good grief! Enough!
And I have no idea what some reviewers think “hot or steamy sex” is BUT it’s not having the hero and heroine be together page after page, chapter after chapter and not have one single thought about desiring or wanting the other one. Absolutely no thoughts whatsoever. This is my first and last book by this author. If you can’t write sexual tension you shouldn’t write sex scenes. It’s like saying, “let me just plop this sex scene right here,” and everyone will be happy. Really? “Plopped” sex is the worst kind of sex. Ms. Davis is like a LOT of authors, she’s a “plopper.” There were 2 or 3 sex scenes plopped in this book but NOTHING led up to either one. No desire, then suddenly sex.
There was swearing in this story and the F-bomb was used 59 times, as it should be if you want to make a cop story to sound real.
I did read all the Alpha Pack series by this author and loved every one of them but this one is enough for me in this series.
As to the narrator: Awful! Every person had terrible voices. It was a narrator trying to do a Tennessee accent and failing miserably. The women sounded manly and stuffy nosed and some even the men had terrible voices. And Sean Crisden should NEVER try to sound like a man trying to hold back tears OR a man crying. It was truly cringe worthy.
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