Burnout by Tee O'Fallon
Series: NYPD Blue & Gold #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on June 13th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
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Sexy-as-sin Police Chief Mike Flannery knows the new arrival to Hopewell Springs is trouble. She has a smoking-hot body and a quick wit…and he’ll be damned if that’s not a turn-on. But this former NYPD cop and small-town heartthrob has been burned before, and there’s no way he’ll let that happen again.
New York City Detective Cassie Yates is on the run. A six-month undercover sting in a sleazy bar seemed like a textbook arrest—but now there’s a hit out on her. Armed with fake ID, her K-9 companion, and a police-issued SUV, she flees to a quiet upstate town where she trades her badge and gun for a spatula, finally finding peace in the dream she tossed aside to follow her family into law enforcement.
There’s no denying the fire and ice between them. But as the hired assassin closes in, Mike’s past comes roaring back and secrets are revealed in an explosion destined to tear them apart—if not destroy them.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I like romantic suspense, I enjoy a good intriguing plot and the hot guy in uniform was just the cherry on top when I decided to try Burnout.
Mike is a small town chief of police, a complete change from his former routine as a NYC cop. Although a former relationship that ended badly left him a skeptic of romantic relationships, he can’t help but be tempted by a red-headed bombshell with trouble written all over her.
After 10 years of working undercover for the NYPD and being witness to pretty much the worst of humanity, Cassie is ready for a change. Now she finds herself on the run when the last case she worked resulted in a hit being put on her. Little did she know that stopping at a dinner for lunch would be just what she was secretly hoping for. All she needs to do is keep her head down until her partner finds out who wants her dead. That’s easier said than done when you cook like an angel, you’re the new chef in the town’s diner and you spark the interest of the seriously fine town’s Chief of Police.
Cassie had a thing about not dating cops, Mike had a thing about secretive women not being trustworthy. They both were a bit prejudiced and this bugged me a little bit. Still, it was fun to watch them fighting their attraction but not being able to succeed, and how their preconceived ideas didn’t hold that much merit.
Mike was a solid character, he was nice, charming and devoted to protecting the people under his care. He did have some unresolved issues from his past he needed to work through.
I really liked Cassie, she was tough and no-nonsense, but also caring and warm. She was a bit on the pig-headed side of the spectrum but I felt it went well with her character. I did feel a bit underwhelmed when she had to use her cop badassedness and she kind of floundered a bit. I also wish she hadn’t needed Mike to come to the rescue each and every time.
Burnout had a good pace, steamy scenes, charming town’s people and a lot of characters I wouldn’t mind getting to know. I will say that on the suspense aspect nothing really caught me by surprise. The clues, in my opinion, were quite obvious and not that hard to put together. Still, it was a good and entertaining read.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3 Stars
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