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Wild at Heart (Thorndike Romance) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Jul 2003
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Valerie Parker is a PI working to find evidence of a cheating woman. The problem is, the cheating woman is now dead, and the suspect is the man that she swore never speak to again. Val once loved Alex DeMarco, until one night, he made love with her only to break her heart and shatter her dream the next morning.
Alex pays Val a visit to find out everything she know. Then somehow, Valerie get shot and Alex has a feeling that it must have something to do with the fact that she is the prime witness. So now, they both work together to clear his name and protect her life from the real murderer. As they work together, the also find out that the old sparkling attraction they have five years ago is never really gone.
I love this book! I have been waiting for its release since I got my hand on Renee and John's (Alex's brother) story in "I Got You, Babe". Alex made an appearance there and I couldn't wait to read his own story. Alex is a very tough guy. Some of his friends joke that he is Superman. He intimidates a lot of people, except Valerie Parker. She is a smart and independent gal who drives him crazy all the time. It's very sweet to see Val challenges Alex every step of the way, arguing with him, and to see how Alex realizes his feeling for her despite all that.
Jane Graves also put a sweet story of the secondary character Stanley and Glenda. Although, the only DeMarco family appear here beside Alex is his youngest brother Dave and his cousin's wife Brenda (Brenda always put a smile to my face). I hope this is not the end of The DeMarcos. I really want Dave to have his own story ... He's a single father and also a patrol cop. His story will be very interesting.
Now Alex & Val have a history with lots of baggage. He was her superior officer when she was in training at the Police Academy, five years before. She was a wild lady who broke too many rules and got too creative with the solutions to be a good cop - so Alex believed. He decided to recommend her dismissal from the Academy. The evening before she was to be told bye-bye, in a meeting with the Lieutenant and Alex, Alex decided to tell her personally. He thought it would be less painful. So he dropped by her apartment, they had wild sex, he left her sleeping in the middle of the night...and he never told her. The next day, at the meeting, she learned she was no longer a police cadet - and she totally flipped out. Wouldn't you?
Val doesn't really believe that Alex, a stickler for the rules & Mr. Control Freak, would commit murder. All evidence to the contrary, he is a basically decent guy. But, no one else was with the victim at the time of her death - and Val knows because she was surveilling the place. When someone takes a shot at her, however, she really begins to believe that Alex is innocent. So Val & Alex wind up taking off to find the murderer.
Adventures ensue, i.e., wild animals, an attack by a Bengal Tiger, a burning barn, an "almost" rape by a sadistic ex-con, some terrific sex, etc., and we meet some interesting folks along the way, including a goofy deputy sheriff who means well but can't make a right move. Who said the path to love was easy, especially when facing a 20 year sentence for manslaughter.
I enjoyed this sequel to "I've Got You Babe." Alex was so hard-boiled in that 1st novel, that I really looked forward to reading more about him. There had to be a softer, more vulnerable side. But this book is not as fast-paced as Ms. Graves's first attempt. And the characters are not as endearing as John and Renee. The action does pick up midway through, and the romance gets passionate - but it just doesn't rate 5 stars.
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