by Sara Humphreys
Series: The McGuire Brothers #2
Published by Dreamscape Media on August 2, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Cops, Suspense
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Big city K-9 cop Ronan McGuire loves women, loves his dog, loves his job - but when old flame Maddy Morgan moves into his jurisdiction, he can't think about anyone else. Ronan knows she's way out of his league, but he's determined to help Maddy live life to the fullest.
Maddy has immersed herself in work and swiftly made a name for herself in the hot New York City real estate market. She's looking for safety, not love, but Ronan McGuire is as persistent as he is sexy, and his crooked smile is hard to resist. But all other concerns are wiped away when Maddy goes missing, and Ronan and his bloodhound K-9 partner are tasked with finding her and bringing her home.
Trouble Walks In is book #2 in The McGuire Brothers series by Sara Humphreys. Although I haven’t read book #1, I had no trouble jumping into the story since it works well as a standalone. The romance in Trouble Walks In is definitely a slow burn, but it’s so worth it. Plus, the suspense elements kept me guessing up until the end.
Ronan McGuire is a police officer with the NYPD’s K-9 unit. He loves his job and loves working with his partner, a bloodhound named Bowser. Although Ronan is described as being a ladies’ man, we don’t see much evidence of that, at least in this book. In fact, Ronan is pretty much head over heels for Maddy Morgan, a real estate broker who’s also living in New York City now.
Maddy is recovering from a major heartbreak. Her longtime boyfriend, Rick, was a firefighter who died in the line of duty one year ago. Maddy is hoping that a change of scenery will do her good–hence the move to the city.
Ronan and Maddy grew up in the same town; now that they’re living near each other again, they’ve become running buddies. They also have a history since they went to high school together and have known each other for years. However, although Ronan has always had feelings for Maddy, he never made a move since she was with Rick. But now that Rick is gone and Maddy is grieving, Ronan wants to be there for her as her friend but doesn’t want to take advantage of her vulnerability.
I just loved Ronan as a character. He’s good at his job, loves his canine partner, and is protective of Maddy without wanting to capitalize on the vulnerable time in her life. As I mentioned, I didn’t see much evidence of Ronan being a ladies’ man; for the duration of the book, he only has eyes for Maddy and I found that very appealing.
Maddy also excels at her job, where she works for a high-end real estate firm. But she and her colleagues are shaken when a series of murders are happening in the city and it appears that the killer is targeting real estate agents. While Maddy and Ronan’s romance heats up, they have to contend with a growing number of murders that seem to get closer and closer to Maddy herself.
This was my first time reading anything by Humphreys and I really enjoyed her writing style. She did a great job of creating an ensemble of characters who I enjoyed getting to know. The McGuire family is clearly tight-knit and I loved their easy camaraderie with each other–the brothers as well as their parents.
Slow-burn romances are not usually my favorites, but this one definitely worked for me. Ronan takes his time with Maddy; even though they’ve known each other since they were teenagers, he recognizes what a rough time she’s going through after Rick’s death and gives her the space that she needs. He’s there for her as a friend and never takes advantage of the situation. When Maddy decides that she’s ready to start a new relationship–this time with Ronan–the sparks sure do fly. The two of them have amazing chemistry that’s borne out of their years-long friendship. I found their relationship convincing and satisfying.
I’m looking forward to reading the other books in this series and getting to know the rest of the McGuire brothers. I highly recommend Trouble Walks In.
Rating: 5 stars