I had the pleasure of reading In the Shadow of the Shield by Carolyn Laroche. It’s a contemporary romantic suspense novel, the second in the Secret Lives series. I haven’t read the first book and the series, and I didn’t feel ungrounded at all when I read this one.
After Diana Massey watches her husband, an officer in the Virginia Beach Police Department, die suddenly and suspiciously after a routine emergency call, she sets out to find answers.
Those answers could prove as deadly to her as they did her husband. When she begins to uncover a web of lies, crime, and corruption in her late husband’s department, she starts to receive death threats, and worse. Luckily, she has backup in the form of Carter Ryan, her late husband’s protégée, who vows to protect her and help her get to the bottom of her husband’s death. But can Diana handle the guilt and uncertainty she feels when she begins to fall for the handsome younger cop? Her husband, her high school sweetheart and the only man she ever loved, has only been dead a year, and she isn’t sure if she’s ready to move on.
This was a fast-paced book with plenty of action, and plenty of emotion. The romance was mature and sweet, with just a little bit of spice. I recommend it as an entertaining way to pass those long winter evenings. You can purchase it here: http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Shield-Secret-Lives-Series-ebook/dp/B018W98LEW