Monday, September 9, 2013

Mission: Cavanaugh Baby-Marie Ferrarella

Mission: Cavanaugh Baby

Marie Ferrarella

Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Sep 3 2013, $5.50

ISBN: 9780373278374

Aurora Animal Control Officer Ashley St. James loves her two dogs (Dakota and Rusty) but no one else especially humans. She earned a taste of people as a foster child graduate abandoned by her parents as a baby. Thus she adores her canines who con her for more food although she wonders how they can eat so much and give her so much affection although they make her late for work frequently.

Ashley investigates a barking dog disturbance at a nearby garden apartment complex. When she enters the apartment she finds an agitated Jack Russell who leads her to a woman with a major slash across her abdomen. She calls Dispatch for help as the victim says her baby was taken from her womb. Major Crimes Detective Shane Cavanaugh arrives at the apartment and blisters Ashley for ruining the crime scene while asking her where she was earlier this morning. She responds by asking him what he would do different. Ashley takes the traumatized Jack Russell home with her rather than leaving him at the pound. As they search for the abducted newborn on what is their respective first homicide case, Ashley and Shane are attracted to each other; but she distrusts the entire human race and he was rejected on his one attempt at a relationship.

The latest Cavanaugh Justice romantic police procedural (see Cavanaugh on Duty and Cavanaugh Surrender) is an exciting investigative thriller. Readers will empathize with and understand Ashley’s traumas while accepting Shane’s once burned, twice shy attitude though his reluctance seems shallow compared to her angst. Readers will appreciate this fast-paced entry as first comes rescuing the baby, then comes taking down the psychopath, and finally comes love.

Harriet Klausner

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