Forbidden Territory by Paula Graves
Harlequin Intrigue # 926 - June 2006
When first grader Abby Walker is kidnapped, McBride finds his investigation going no where, until Lily comes forward to say she's seen the little girl --- in her mind. McBride doesn't believe in psychics, in fact, he has every reason to hate them, but the girl's father wants Lily on the case. Lily's a third grade teacher in Abby's school, and that and the uncanny timing of events puts her as one of the main suspects. But when attempts are made on Lily's life, McBride finds himself acting as her protector, even when everything within him tells him to steer clear of her. Lily senses there's a deep tragedy in McBride's life, one that holds him back from believing in her and believing that they may have a future.
Awesome read! This is Ms. Graves's debut with Harlequin and I'm very impressed. This story has it all; suspense, heart wrenching emotions, passion, sexy hero, strong yet vulnerable heroine, action and a climatic HEA. One of the things that stands out, is McBride. Here's a man dedicated to finding this lost little girl while dealing with huge loss issues of his own. Ms. Graves does a great job in bringing out his vulnerabilities and yet holding on to that hunky male image. I'm looking forward to Lily's sisters' stories. :D