SEDUCED BY THE BADGE - Deborah Fletcher Mello
Harlequin Romantic Suspense
REVIEWER: Wayne Jordan | RATING: A
REVIEW: SEDUCED BY THE BADGE is Deborah Fletcher Mello’s debut with Harlequin Romantic Suspense and it is, I am thrilled to say, an excellent debut. The book is the first in a series, To Serve and Protect, that follows the lives and loves of the Black siblings. This story features Chicago detective Armstrong Black and Atlanta detective Danielle ‘Danni’ Winstead.
Armstrong is a strong, confident individual who follows the rules. The feisty, independent Danni shakes his usual control in more than one way. He believes that she is too impulsive, but he is immediately attracted to her; an attraction that he is not at all happy about. But the outcome is inevitable. It is a joy to watch these two fight their attraction to each other while slowly falling in love.
At the center of SEDUCED BY THE BADGE is human trafficking and Ms. Mello does not romanticize this social ill. The secondary characters, good and bad, add body to the story. The girls Danni comes in contact with while undercover bring a gritty realism while letting readers see the ugliness of human trafficking. The introduction of the Black family creates a strong sense of family. I couldn't help wondering, "Whose story will be next?"
SEDUCED BY THE BADGE is set in Chicago and Mello creates a wonderful sense of place by presenting the sounds and sight of the city. The story is fast-paced and terse, resulting in the perfect type of tension. This is romantic suspense at its best!
SEDUCED BY THE BADGE is not only for fans of romantic but for those who love a good romance. Like me, readers will be waiting for the next book in the series.
16th June 2018 | firstname.lastname@example.org