Crime investigator Thadius "Thad" Winston must protect his high-ranking political mother after she is shot and nearly killed. He is prepared for risks. What he isn't prepared for is Lucy Sinclair. Hired as his mother's nurse, Lucy is capable, compassionate and entirely inconvenient for Thad. He doesn't envision a life of shared love or commitment, yet he can't deny the intense attraction growing between them. And when a stalker sets his sights on Lucy -- possibly the same man who tried to kill his mother -- Thad realizes just how much he has to lose.
Good book with enough suspense to keep me enthralled and some wonderful emotional growth on the part of the hero. Continuing from the first book in the series Her Secret, His Duty, the investigation into the attempted murder of Thad's mother goes on. Thad feels responsible for not protecting his mother and is determined to find out who is responsible. He runs into roadblocks all along the way, being told that the feds are in charge and with no one sharing any information. Thad and his partner aren't backing down, even after they are threatened. There are quite a few twists and turns on their investigative path, including a connection to Lucy's stalker. Even when they find out the identity of the shooter, they are left with more questions than answers.
Lucy is his mother's nurse. She is very good at what she does and has a very caring personality. She also has no trouble standing up to Thad when she feels he's out of line. She's attracted to him, but he's made no secret of the fact that he is anti-marriage. He's just as attracted to her, but he knows she's not the no commitment type. He is adamant that there will be no marriage in his future. Thad witnessed the way that his parents' marriage fell apart as his father had multiple affairs and his mother ignored them because she loved him. He believes that even if you're in love it won't last and that everyone ends up hurt and refuses to put himself or anyone else through that kind of pain.
Thad's mother, Kate, takes every opportunity she can to throw Thad and Lucy together. She is convinced that it will just take the right woman to overcome his objections and that Lucy is the right one. Lucy is having problems with a stalker and Thad's protective instincts kick in. He finds himself spending a lot of time with her, fighting his attraction the whole time. When Lucy takes in one of the foster children in her literacy class, Thad ends up in situations mirroring family life. The things he's starting to feel for both Lucy and Sophie scare him. I loved the way that Lucy could see what an awesome family man he could be if he would just allow himself to believe it. I also liked the way that she stood up for her own needs.
The time that Thad spends with Lucy and Sophie makes him start to question his attitude. He is constantly being surprised by how right it feels to be with her. I loved watching all the people around him point out what his feelings are, even though he doesn't believe them. It takes two attempts on Lucy's life before he can finally accept the truth of his feelings. I found the ending interesting and not quite what I expected.