Small but mighty—that could be Detective Nevin Ng’s motto. Now a dedicated member of the Portland Police Bureau, he didn’t let a tough start in life stop him from protecting those in need. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, and he doesn’t do relationships. Until he responds to the severe beating of a senior citizen and meets the victim’s bow-tied, wealthy landlord.
Property manager and developer Colin Westwood grew up with all the things Nevin never had, like plenty of money and a supportive, loving family. Too supportive, perhaps, since his childhood illness has left his parents unwilling to admit he’s a strong, grown man. Colin does do relationships, but they never work out. Now he’s thinking maybe he won’t just go with the flow. Maybe it’s time to try something more exciting. But being a witness to a terrible crime—or two—was more than he bargained for.
Despite their differences, Colin and Nevin discover that sparks fly when they’re together. But sparks are short-lived, dampened by the advent of brutal crimes, and Colin and Nevin have seemingly little in common. The question is whether they have the heart to build something lasting.
When I read a series I tend to assume the books will follow each other in a sequential time frame. I was pleasantly surprised that this book, the second in the series, actually takes place slightly before and then the time line syncs. I thought this feature was fantastic. We are introduced to Nevin in Love Can’t Conquer and I knew he had a tough story to tell. We’re given a brief glimpse of the unfortunate childhood Nev survived; and survive is exactly what he did. However, during the process, he hardened his heart until it rivaled granite.
There are many things Nev does well: he’s a fantastic investigator, a sharp dresser with an even sharper tongue, and he’s an exquisite equal opportunist lover. There are also many things Nev does not do: date, commit, open up his heart. Until he comes across a sweet man with a bright smile and a bow tie. He needs to convince Colin that he’s not worth the trouble. But this proves to be harder than he thought.
It seems to be a foregone conclusion that I will enjoy anything Fielding delivers. It doesn’t matter what it is, we fit. I’m certainly not taking this for granted and blissfully devouring her work. I really enjoyed returning faces from the first book. I found all of the characters endearing, even if they had a crusty exterior. The story picked up early and never faltered. I was engaged from the first page to the last. And I don’t know about you, but those are my favorite stories.
If you know me at all, you know I love cops. Any uniform makes me weak in the knees but a man in blue knocks my feet from underneath me. Though Nevin has left his patrol days behind him, he’s still an important part of the Portland Police Department. He’s prickly, he’s surly and he has a fierce desire to help those in need. Colin perplexes him. They are from different worlds with polar opposite pasts. Common ground is necessary to make a relationship work, right? But wait, Nevin doesn’t do relationships…does he? Some things in life are worth changing for and better yet, some are worth it. Colin gives Nevin things he’s never had before. If only Nev will recognize them in time. I loved Colin and his endless patience with Nev. He didn’t push or pull or ever demand anything. He could sense the restless emotions inside and knew he was worth waiting for. I also adored how Colin balanced Nevin. And his family is all sorts of awesome. Ohh, and I can’t forget the best goddamn cat in the history of the f*cking universe! 😉
An irritating unlikable man who will most definitely rub you the wrong way…at first. Just wait till he opens the door to his heart. Once you’re inside, he’ll never let you leave. And a string of murders take place but never fear, justice is served.
Romance readers who enjoy a mysterious edge should take note of this one. Prepare for a dose of angst with an…ever after.