Declan O’Brien was always driven to take his place among Philly’s elite, working hard for everything he’s earned, including the title of Assistant District Attorney. He’s won seemingly impossible cases, so he’s furious when he’s assigned to lead the one unit he doesn’t want.
Melissa Fenske was born hearing impaired to a neglectful mother, finding solace when she was adopted by a young attorney, now Declan’s boss. As the current Director of Victim Services, Melissa’s livid when Declan is placed in the main unit she oversees. She can’t forget their disastrous first encounter. Or shake how he makes her feel.
Declan considers the assignment another step toward his political aspirations, despite that he can’t get Melissa out of his mind. Melissa sees Declan as egotistical and self-serving, kicking herself for how fast she’s falling for him. Someone as hot, smooth, and perfect as Declan isn’t supposed to want her.
In another situation with any other woman, Declan wouldn’t hesitate to take Melissa to bed. But she is the boss’s daughter, and for once, Declan finds himself wanting more than just a one night stand.
Neither counted on each other. Both just met their match.
There is just something about the O’Briens of Philly that has me all anticipation when I crack open the next book in the series. Is it because they are hardcore Philly people? Put the loud and loyal into family? Laugh out loud funny? Make me cry and sigh as they find their way through their troubles? Well, yeah! Do yourself a solid and pick these up, Feel Me?
At last! Sigh… I wanted Declan and Melissa’s story since the moment in Curran’s book when Deck just might have really stuck his foot in his mouth and from then on just kept switching feet when it came to Melissa. Mr. Hot Shot Hottie Assistant District Attorney met his match. Oh yes, I needed this book so very badly. Not that I do not love and adore everyone else’s stories because I did, but… this was the could not wait one. And bonus, I got Declan and Melissa along with a heavy dose of O’Brien on the side. Bliss!
So, this fourth book of the O’Brien series, which can be read out of order, but why ever would you want to, lived right up to my anticipation and more. It was office romance, but it was surrounded by family and deep individual character stories. It grabs the heart and thumps the funny bone as well as gets the passion going. I couldn’t put it down particularly there in the end when I was rooting so hard for this pair to get past their issues with love and trust because they were so right for each other- goes way beyond chemistry.
In summary, it was all I was hoping for. So many layers of good development and a wide spectrum of reader emotions. Those who love a strong family element and a deep relationship built contemporary romance should give this and the series a try. Oh, and one more thing… this is a spin-off series to the Shattered Past trio when the O’Briens are first introduced and the best place to start if you’re just getting interested in these.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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