Synopsis: A Texas Ranger, relegated to desk work due to past recklessness, petitions to regain custody of his five-year-old daughter, and his case is assigned to a family court judge who is as attractive as she is ambitious. When a masked gunman barges in during the custody hearing with his sights on the judge, the RAnger reacts instinctually and goes after him. But authorities apprehend the wrong man, and the real gunman remains unknown, at large, and a threat. Will this take-charge lawman jeopardize his chances of custody by going after the would-be assassin? And will this unlikely pair be able to deny the forbidden attraction building between them?
Life's rough when you save a life and try to track down a gunman, especially when you end up becoming the lead suspect...
"...Mine are the only hands I want touching you."
"You don't have a claim."
His eyes narrowed. "I kinda do." He started walking toward her, and for each step forward he took, she took one back until she came up against her desk. "That unreasonable, unrefined fuck on your sofa gave me a claim."
Holly Spencer was a pushover. She relented to everything Crawford demanded and didn't have a very strong voice. She did have strong moral ethics though, so that was good, I guess.
"I'll ask you one more time. What are you doing here?"
"That was going to be my next question to you. Why here?"
"I told you the widow - "
Relationship: Not a big fan of the insta-love. Sometimes, the relationship felt like it was forced. It was steamy though.
Writing: I thought some the characters sounded the same. At times, I had difficulty determining who was saying what. There also seemed to be a bit of telling instead of showing. Overall though, not bad.
Additional Notes: Neil determination to convict Crawford seemed a bit much at times, and for a police officer/ranger, he didn't always act with common sense. Other than that, the story was pretty believable. The plot was intriguing. It did hold my interest, and I enjoyed some of the twists and turns that the story took.