on August 29th 2017
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Deputy Will Knight and reporter Merry Warren couldn’t be more different—she’s the queen of questions, he’s the king of no comment. The inquisitive beauty drives Will crazy with her feisty attitude and sassy mouth…the one with the full lips just made for kissing. Not that he’s noticed. Much. He’s too busy working an arson case that may be tied to something bigger, helping his brothers prepare for the opening of their new flight-seeing business, and spending what little free time he has flirting with an online mystery woman.
Merry has enough to deal with without the sexy distraction that is Deputy Knight. She’s currently working undercover on what might be the most important story of her career, avoiding an unwelcome half-brother who’s invaded her life in Jupiter Point, and, oh yeah—her new boss wants her to do a story on a local cold case—the unsolved murder of Will’s father. A painful event he and his brothers are reluctant to relive. And then there’s that online flirtation…
A bossy alpha male with a protective streak a mile wide, and a fiercely independent reporter with a talent for trouble. The sexual tension is three years in the making, and before Will knows it, he’s in hot pursuit of Merry…and they’re both headed straight to danger.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Merry Warren has been a favourite character of mine since she first appeared in Jupiter Point, and I had been dying for her story ever since. Is it as good as I hoped? As I expected? No, it’s ten times better!
Reporter Merry Warren and Deputy Will Knight have been at odds since their paths crossed, which is unavoidable because of their respective occupations. The attraction has always been there, but they do get on each other’s nerves: conflicting interests; she’s messy, he’s a neat-freak; he’s cool, calm and collected – Deputy Slo-Mo, in Merry’s words – she’s forever rushing and multitasking. They don’t hate each other, quite the contrary, they respect each other. There are quite a few cases/stories that need looking into: there’s been an arsonist on the loose for the past six months; there’s a drug investigation, which might or might not have to do with the arsons; and there’s also the cold case of the murder of Will’s father. Can Merry sit on a story and let Will do his job?
This review might be a bit disjointed, but I don’t want to edit too much because I want my excitement to come through as I felt it reading HOT PURSUIT. Merry is thunder and lightning, Will is the solid rock and the oak tree that doesn’t bend under the fiercest storm; Merry is a huge character, and yet Will was never thwarted by her exuberance and strong will. Right from the prologue, HOT PURSUIT is spellbinding. Jennifer Bernard is an exceptional writer, and with every book she writes, she impresses me more. The dialogues in HOT PURSUIT are spectacular: whether between the Knight brothers, the female friends, or Merry and Will; I could hear Merry talk 100 miles per hour, I could almost feel her vibrating from the energy that emanates from her. Ms. Bernard’s prose is wonderful, as usual, clean and crisp, flawless, and every little detail shines as it should.
Merry and Will, unbeknownst to each other, carry on a somewhat flirtatious online friendship with anonymous chatters. We all know that the mystery man and woman are Merry and Will, but what would happen when they met? Fabulous! Not at all what I thought! The romance is simply perfect, in tune with the characters’ personalities, and the investigation part is heart-stopping. A couple of new characters were introduced; one I really liked doesn’t look like a sure thing, and I hope some sort of redemption could salvage this fun person. Another one surely is a keeper, one does not throw away such an adorable character! And no, I am not saying, but it is awesome!
I was expecting something “big” from Jennifer Bernard, and HOT PURSUIT is monumental!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.