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.
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.
Rating: 4.25 stars
I have several favorite authors and, of course, with that familiarity comes certain expectations about how their books will progress, but I am always willing to branch into something new when an author experiments. So when I heard that Sara Humphreys, one of my favorite paranormal authors, was writing a contemporary series I was ready to jump on board with no hesitation. I really liked the first story in the McGuire Brothers series and am looking forward to the rest of the stories, but Ronan’s was unique in that the heroine was familiar to both him and readers in a way that might have made a love story seem difficult. But Sara manages to make the story believable while still showing the issues that we sometimes have to get over or let go of before we can truly find love. Maddy lost the man she loved and had been with for almost a decade less than a year ago and she didn’t handle the loss very well. She has isolated herself in the big city and decided that love and men are no longer in her future. But the sexy and sweet Ronan refuses to allow Maddy to give up on love and he is just the man to remind her that she is still alive. Ronan is truly an alpha male, protecting those around him with his whole heart, even if they don’t want him to. I loved seeing them butting heads and the sparks that light off of them when it happens. When they are around their friends and family, they are definitely at their best, lowering their guards and walls and enabling the love that has been slowly building between them to finally become so obvious to them both. This story was full of tears, laughs, sweetness, and sexiness, definitely leaning towards the more intense parts of life but doing it in a way that give hope instead of despair. I enjoyed seeing them come together and blending into the McGuire Clan and, of course, the moment Maddy is in danger Ronan and his trusty k-9 partner, Bowser, kick ass to get her safely back into his arms. Humphreys strikes a chord bringing up the difference between loving someone, no matter how deeply or how long, and truly being in love and well-matched, reminding us that settling in life is never the way to go. I loved seeing Maddy finally accept that GREAT LOVE is truly out there and her soulmate was Ronan, even though she loved Rick and always would in a way. I am looking forward to whichever brother falls in love next and know that I will be ready to read that one ASAP. Humphreys has a talent that can take her readers from the highest high to the lowest low and still manages to give us the HEA we need in the end to make a great romance. To be repetitive, Sara is, and will remain, one of my favorite authors.
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