Title: SWAT Secret Admirer
Author: Elizabeth Heiter
My Rating: A
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: The Lawmen #3
Main Characters: Maggie and Grant
Release Date: March 2015
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
It's been ten years since the attack that drove Maggie Delacorte to become an FBI SWAT agent. She's an elite fighter now—and when the Fishhook Rapist sends her a letter saying he's coming back for her, she knows she has to find him first. Her teammate Grant Larkin is assigned to the case, and he's determined to protect Maggie, even if it damages the connection that's been growing between them. And even if her attacker has decided that the way to get to Maggie is by targeting the people she cares about. Her feelings for Grant could get him killed, but she needs him—and his love—to make it through the worst danger yet…
I'll admit...I tend not to read Harlequin's category lines, but every time I do, I wonder why these books don't get more attention because some of them are really fabulous. This is one of those books.
This book focuses on a hero and heroine who work on a SWAT team together and have for the last nine months. Although they have some great chemistry, they've never done anything about it because it's forbidden to work on the same team and have a relationship...and spots on the teams are hard to come by.
I adored this heroine. Maggie was in college and on her way to becoming a lawyer when she was attacked, branded, and raped by a serial rapist called the Fishhook Rapist. He takes one girl each year on September 1st, rapes her, and brands her...and has gotten away with it for 9 years running. Maggie was the first and with this being the 10th year, the rapist has begun to taunt her. For his 10th anniversary, he's coming back for her.
Maggie joined the FBI to keep others from being victimized like she was. She is one seriously tough chick. That attack made her stronger. Instead of becoming a victim, she became a savior. The story is awesome just for showing how a person can use a devastating event to strengthen them to become more.
Grant sees that about her, too. When he's not working SWAT for the FBI, he works serial cases like Maggie's, although he's never let on that he knows exactly what happened to her. He respects her too much as an agent to let what happened to her 10 years ago skew his view of her. But as the case heats up and the anniversary draws near, he can't stand back and not help. He won't let her be victimized again.
It was a good book. There is a ton of action and adventure. Throughout the book the agents are doing their jobs for the FBI, so not only is there the suspense of the rapist storyline, but there's also the suspense and adrenaline that just comes from their daily jobs.
I will admit, I guessed pretty early in the book how the rapist story line would play out and his actions, but that didn't detract from my entertainment value while reading the story. I really enjoyed this book. I love that Grant is an alpha set on protecting Maggie, but that never meant that he tried to take care of Maggie like she was a simpering heroine. He's very aware of her impressive skill set and never underestimated her abilities because of that. There is also a great cast of characters and friends that surround Maggie who entered the FBI with her because they were part of her decision 10 years before. I loved them all and highly recommend this book.