I jumped at the chance to read this LWJ book, as I've read her Raintree trilogy contribution, and her Linda Howard collaboration and thought that both were excellent. However, I've realised that that was probably as both were fast-paced paranormal tales, with lots of action, unknown species, vampires, magic, hot, steamy sex and a HEA, and this is more of an everyday, mundane tale.
It's not bad, but it did nothing for me, and I forced myself to read it, although I'd already guessed the outcome. It's the tale of Lizzie who hasn't really grown out of her teenage crush on ex-cop Sam, her cop-father's old partner, who is now divorced, and whose PI services she wants to use to find out if the young girl she suspects is her half-sister really is. That's the tale, but as it was under the Intrigue line, a bit of 'intrigue' was introduced in the form of a bullet through her window and through that of Sam's ex-wife, but when the latter episode got debunked within a couple of pages, it lead me straight to the possible bad guy.
A couple of red-herrings were thrown in as possible suspects, but they had no real credibility and yes, the baddie would have potentially been a killer, but it seemed out of character until the very end.
On top, the love scenes were practically non-existent and Sam's supposed reliuctance about making a move on his ex-partner's daughter was a total non-starter, as were his issues about not being goood enough for any woman. Unfortunately, IMHO, the blurb on the back bigged-up this book, but the tale itself didn't live up to the blurb. Disappointing, yet I have the next collaboration with Linda Howard on pre-order, a whole 16months in advance, and would recommend both books mentioned above.