Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation.
Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A no-nonsense lawman, he’s definitely not the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she’s attracted to him in a way she can’t explain.
Ellie heads home to Winston Falls, South Carolina, to attend her sister’s wedding. Shortly after she arrives, though, she receives a surprise visitor: Max Daniels. The Landrys have been captured, and she’ll be called to testify. But they’ve been captured before, and each time the witnesses are scared into silence-or disappear before they can take the stand. Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks fly.
The book starts out with Dr. Eleanor (Ellie) Sullivan working at a hospital literally finishing up her residency. After clocking out, Ellie heads out to the park right by the hospital for a run where she witnesses a FBI agent get shot by the notorious criminal couple, the Landrys. After quickly saving the FBI agent’s life, she meets another agent, Mr. Hot Stuff himself Alex Daniels, who along with his partner need to interview her as well as bring her down to the local police station to see if she can try to identify the suspects. Though it is determined that Ellie cannot identify the suspects they do realize there is a leak in the department as all suspected witnesses have gone missing and never made it to trial. If that in itself wasn’t enough to make Alex nervous about leaving Ellie to fend for herself, turns out she left her home town after having issues with someone stalking her and trying to kill her.
When Alex realizes that Ellie is in possible danger since the other potential witness has gone missing and they cannot locate her former stalker, he takes the “burden” of her security while she is back home attending various functions for her sister’s upcoming wedding. Speaking of this wedding . . . is Ellie’s mom crazy?! While back home for a visit previously Ellie brought home her fiancée at the time to meet her family and one of her twin sisters really liked him. REALLY liked him. After catching them IN BED TOGETHER, Ellie broke off the engagement and left town. Now her ex is engaged to her sister and both her mother and sister are insisting she walk in the wedding?! Her sister STOLE her fiancée and she has to try and save face so people won’t think badly about the sister? Please, I wouldn’t have even given the courtesy of even showing up. (I guess that’s why there aren’t any books out there loosely based on my life: P) Ellie strikes a deal with her family to stay through the shower for her sister but to leave before the wedding for everyone’s safety, but a bit of chaos ensues.
As with all Ms Garwood’s books, they are a great balance of romance and suspense, just enough of each to keep you reading and just enough of each to satisfy your expectations. I literally read this book in one day, something I tend to do with all of her books. She definitely knows what is required of the ideal man. If FBI agents are anything like the ones in her book I need to pack up and move to Virginia. There isn’t much competition for an Alpha man who is just cocky enough. One small complaint, though, I did like that she touched on the other twin’s life a bit. . .I thought that might have been a book in the making. . .but she resolved it in one chapter which was a little disappointing.