Series: Broslin Creek #6
Author: Dana Marton
Published: November 3rd 2014
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Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Officer Gabriella Maria Flores desperately needs a big win to save her career. A case that proves that she has her act together, something non-controversial to make people forget the recent scandal she's been involved in. Instead, the murder she catches couldn't be more high-profile, the number one suspect her boss's brother. Means, motive, opportunity--check. And open-and-shut case, if she's ever seen one. But then, instead of arresting the suspect, why is she falling in love with him?
The town , wrapped in red and green, greeted him, welcome him home as he drove down familiar streets. Driving his old truck filled Hunter with pleasure. He didn't have to look for IEDs on the side of the road. He grinned all the way to the apartment, enjoying the ride, the peace of the night, the old brick buildings on Main Street, the holiday finery, the palpable presence of town spirit.
He parked his truck in front of the apartment building that Ethan owned as a side business, and suddenly couldn't wait another second. He hurried up the front stairs, down the inside staircase, then just about ran down the hallway to his basement-level unit.
He had his key in his hand, but the doorknob turned easily as he put his hand on it. Cindy had left the door open for him.
He grinned like a fool as he walked in. The loose floorboard in the middle of the living room creaked a familiar welcome as he passed his army duffel bag on the floor where he'd dumped it earlier. Cindy's little pink purse sat on his brown leather couch like a cupcake on a tray.
"Cindy?" He strode toward the bedroom in the back, his smile spreading as he anticipated a private party. If she was waiting for him naked in bed, the proposal would have to wait a litt. "Honey?"
But she wasn't waiting for him naked.
She was waiting for him dead.
DEATHWISH by Dana Marton is an absolutely awesome, utterly mind-blowing romantic suspense! I loved everything about it! Dana outdid herself with this one! I've inhaled every one of Dana's Broslin Creek books - but this is definitely my favorite so far! The characterizations were amazing and the story was filled with danger, intrigue and action. This is the story of Hunter, Captain Bing’s younger brother, and Gabi, a relatively-new Broslin police officer.
Even though there are interconnected characters and a common setting, each of the books in the author's Broslin Creek series can be fully enjoyed as standalones. The series can be read in any order, too, as I can very well attest. After enjoying this book, just know that the rest of the series is excellent as well. I'm betting you will fall in love with the small mushroom capital of Broslin Creek and its people.
Hunter is a veteran plagued by guilt and nightmares from his time in the service. The author obviously did her research on PTSD as the subject is handled very carefully. I thought that aspect really added to the story. Hunter is finally headed home from the Middle East with plans to propose to his long-time sweetheart.
Gabi is an officer on the Broslin PD. Her goal is to prove herself a clean, follow-the-rules cop so she can return to her former job in the big city. Her reputation and career in the big city had been derailed by her corrupt former boyfriend/partner, who had been on the take.
The evidence against Hunter looks really bad: His long-time girlfriend was murdered in his apartment, shot by his gun which was taken from his secure wall safe with no signs of a break in. Because Hunter is either related to or friends with all the other Broslin officers, Gabi is assigned his case.
Following please find a few of my favorite quotes:
He glanced around, his eyes widening a little when he looked toward her bedroom.
She winced, but resisted the urge to jump and close the door. He was staring at the poster above her bed, an image of Annie Oakley with the quote "I ain't afraid to love a man. I ain't afraid to shoot him either."
A dangerous glint came into his eyes. "Gabi, if I ever show up in your bedroom in the middle of the nighf, believe me, it won't be to give you a morality lesson."
She felt the promise of that through her body down to her toes. But she said, "If anyone showed up in my bedroom in the middle of the night, I'm likely to shoot them."
He laughed as he shook his head at her. "Of course, you would."
Bra already forgotten, he was working on her pants, and he kissed every inch he bared, from her waist to her knees, then to her ankles, then her toes, one by one. he laid a path of kisses down one leg, then up the other, then he placed a long, lingering kiss at her center, through her panties, She was already wet for him.
Not that he hurried. All the impatience he'd shown earlier seemed to have evaporated. Doris could have crocheted a pair of panties in the amount of time it took Hunter to remove Gabi's.
She squirmed under him. "I thought they teach speed in the military."
"When warranted. There are times that call for careful deliberation."
"You're going to deliberate me to death," she warned, just as he finally parted her hot flesh, a move that immediately silenced her.
But he didn't touch her further. He blew on her clit.
She nearly jackknifed off the couch. He pushed her knees up until her heels touched her butt, then he pushed her knees out until she was spread wide open just inches from his face.
And then he just looked.
Good grief. What was there to look at?
"Touch me!" she snapped when she couldn't stand the suspense any longer. "Touch me, you torturous bastard. That's an order."
He laughed deeply and heartily. "And what are you going to do if I don't?"
"I'll arrest you."
"I think that's what they call an abuse of power." His eyes glinted darkly. "But the idea of handcuffs does have considerable merit."
Don't think for a minute that you have this mystery solved as I can assure you that the author has enough twists and turns in this book to blow your hypotheses out of the water. Once I started this book, there was no way I could put it down until I'd finished it. Yes, it's that fantastic. I highly recommend DEATHWISH to anyone who enjoys sexy romantic whodunits. I sure hope that Dana is going to write more exciting Broslin Creek whodunits!