by: Sherri Hayes
Series: Daniels Brothers
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 4, 2014
Source: The Writer’s Coffee Shop via NetGalley
Detective Paul Daniels has spent four and a half years mourning the loss of his wife. He’s been doing his best to raise their daughter, Chloe, with the help of his in-laws. When they inform him right before Thanksgiving that they’re going to be moving over two hours away, Paul finds himself without anyone to watch Chloe—especially when he’s called out to a crime scene in the middle of the night. Little does he know that meeting his baby brother’s girlfriend and her sister, Megan, will change everything.
Megan Carson has taken a few wrong turns in her life, but she’s doing her best to get back on track. When she meets Chloe, the little girl swiftly worms her way into Megan’s heart. The opportunity to help Paul out and watch his daughter appears to be a blessing in disguise. She quickly volunteers to be Chloe’s live-in nanny.
Everything is working well until the three of them head back to Ohio for Chris and Elizabeth’s wedding. Paul has a little too much to drink during the reception, and he and Megan end up sharing a heated kiss. When he wakes up the next day, he has a pounding headache but remembers nothing.
Megan, however, isn’t willing to forget. Over the past few months since she’s been playing nanny, her feelings for Paul have changed. He is everything she never knew she wanted, and now that she knows there might be something there, she’s going after what she wants—Paul.
Although I did like Crossing the Line, it was very predictable. It was the typical story of two people that just didn’t seem compatible but were still meant to be together. I was entertained by the story and could at least appreciate the forward flow of the book. Crossing the Line is the third and final book in the Daniels Brothers series and I did feel like something was missing regarding the backstory of the main characters in the book. However, I did not read the other books so I don’t know how much more information I may have gained from the other books.
Detective Paul Daniels lost his wife almost 5 years ago because of a drunk driver. His daughter Chloe was only 2 months old at the time. Paul blames himself for his wife’s death because of the circumstances that made her go out that night. Fast forward to today and Paul ends up hiring the sister of his baby brother’s girlfriend to be the nanny for Chloe. Her name is Megan and she is 13 years younger than the 36-year-old detective. Megan becomes very close to Chloe over the course of several months and Paul trusts her deeply. Megan has feelings for Paul but he just doesn’t look at her or any other woman that way. He just can’t stop wallowing in guilt and doesn’t think he deserves to be with anyone. That all changes at his brother’s wedding when he gets drunk in his room and Megan comes to check on him. Paul quickly comes on to Megan before he passes out.
In a short time, Megan advises Paul of his previous actions and lets him know that she has had feelings for him for a long time. Paul tries to deny his feelings and continuously advises her that they are not a good match and that he is still in love with his wife. Megan is persistent and they eventually start a romance that changes Paul. However, Paul is also investigating a serial killer and that eventually has an impact on their relationship. Again, Crossing the Line was a good book but there wasn’t much on originality.
**Received a copy of the book courtesy of The Writer’s Coffee Shop for an honest and unbiased opinion.**
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