Title: Crossing the Line
Author: Alison Packard
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Sloane and Jared
Release Date: December 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Jared Hunter owes his life to the crime boss who took him in when tragedy struck, and his family turned their backs. Jared's loyalty led him to the role of trusted confidant and security expert, which means he's in way too deep to back out now. Even for a beautiful, intelligent, bundle of curves like the new ADA. But every encounter with Sloane makes him want her more—and when they're snowbound together by a freak storm, his resistance shatters. How will he walk away?
Locked in a secret, fiery affair, both Sloane and Jared long for the life they could have together in the light. But to get there, can Jared break free of the darkness surrounding him? And can Sloane find the courage to make a decision that will either free them both, or shatter their lives forever?
This book was so good. The hero and the heroine are in a no-win situation. She's an officer of the court, sworn to uphold the law. He's the second hand man to the local criminal element and her office is trying to get evidence on them to send them both to prison. The two of them can't get romantically involved. They both know it, but it seems to be happening regardless of how either of them feel about it.
The set up for this book was brilliant. Even though Jared is a "bad" guy, there were very good (and heartbreaking) reasons he went to work for the crime boss when he was 18. Now, he knows that was a mistake, but there's no escaping his job without losing his life, so he's pretty much stuck, unless he's willing to give up seeing his sister ever again (which means he would be on the run). At this point he isn't willing to do that. But it's because of his sister that he ends up involved with Sloane. Jared's sister sees herself as a bit of a matchmaker and she can see how perfect the two are for one another (aside from their clashing jobs) so she keeps throwing them together. But it's the being trapped with one another during a winter storm that pushes them over the edge.
I had no idea how the author was going to get the two of them out of this predicament, and that unknown kept me reading. Plus the setup is just really good. The chemistry between the two characters was incredibly hot, and everything about this book just made it a great read. I liked and respected both characters...yes, even Jared. But I loved the two of them together even more. From the time I started this book, I didn't want to stop reading. It was highly entertaining and incredibly good reading. I loved it.
I've read this author's sports series, but with this story she proved that she can write contemporary romance (with a touch of suspense) just as well...if not better. I highly recommend this book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.