Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Apr 1 2015, $5.50
Ignoring nepotism charges from those who he believes can’t meet the APD quality level, Aurora Police Chief Brian Cavanaugh assigns his second cousin police officer Valri Cavanaugh to assist lead detective Alex Brody on a murder investigation. Promoting her to temporary detective; Brian explains to Valri her computer skills that recently led to solving a case are needed on who shot in the back gamer and alleged hacker Hunter Rogers and sledge hammered his laptop.
With his partner in the hospital, cynical Alex is irate that the boss dumps on him a bubbly relative with no experience. To his astonishment, Valri proves more than helpful starting with salvaging info from the seemingly busted up hard drive. As they work the case, the two cops try to ignore their growing feelings towards one another.
The latest Cavanaugh Justice romantic police procedural (see Cavanaugh Undercover, Cavanaugh Baby and Cavanaugh Hero) is an engaging whodunit due to a captivating mystery. Valri’s temporary promotion feels wrong as I doubt she meets PD requirements and the image of impropriety is an important consideration Brian ignores; while the lead relationship follows the usual series path. Still fans will relish in following the antics of the fighting and fussing officers as they investigate and fall in love.