Friday, January 27, 2017

Review ~ LAW AND DISORDER by Heather Graham

Law and Disorder (The Finnegan Connection, #1)
by: Heather Graham
Series: The Finnegan Connection
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue

Trust the enemy?

Desperate to escape her kidnappers, Kody Cameron can turn to only one man…and he's holding a gun. Outnumbered and trapped in the deadly Everglades, she has little recourse, but something in this captor's eyes makes her believe she can trust him. Does she dare to take the risk?

Undercover agent Nick Connolly has met Kody before and knows she might very well blow his cover. Though determined to maintain his facade, he can't let Kody die. He won't. And his decision to change his own rules of law and order are about to make all hell break loose.

Law and Disorder is the first book in Heather Graham’s Finnegan series.  It was a lot of fun and reminded me of an old gangster movie mainly because the villains in the book all had code names that went back to the Prohibition Era.  In addition, these criminals were in search of merchandise that had been stolen decades ago by a gangster of that very same era. There was murder, kidnapping, and a massive manhunt.  Somehow, Heather Graham was also able to weave in some romance.

Law and Disorder is the story of stage actress Dakota “Kody” Cameron who is taken hostage while visiting the historic manor that her family inherited and operates as a sort of museum in Florida.  One of her ancestors owned the manor and was also a criminal who had stolen and hidden jewels and other valuables decades ago.  Of course, no one has ever been able to find the stolen goods.  However, that doesn’t stop a criminal mastermind who calls himself “Dillinger” from taking Kody and members of the Manor’s staff hostage in an effort to force Kody to figure out where the valuables are hidden.  She has proven to know a lot about the area and possible hiding places of the loot.  Unbeknownst to Kody, one of the members of Dillinger’s crew is actually undercover FBI agent Nick Connolly.  Oddly enough, although he is wearing a mask and using a codename, Kody is sure that she has met Nick before.  For Nick, he has to be careful that Kody doesn’t recognize him and blow his cover.  Plus, the attraction that they share creates an interesting dynamic between captive and captor.

Although some parts of the book appeared to be a little unrealistic, I did appreciate the cat and mouse game that was played out.  Nick’s struggle to keep everyone safe while maintaining his cover was intriguing and I liked how he was able to stay calm.  It seems that the Heather really didn’t want to create a gory scene so the body count was nonexistent and there was little violence.  As far as the romance was concerned, even the love scenes were fairly tame.  Consequently, I felt like she could have turned things up a notch but it was still a good book overall.

**Received a copy from Harlequin and reviewed voluntarily.**

Rating: 4

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