Series: Informal Romance
Genre: Christian, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Ladybug Lit
Publication date: May 2, 2016
Number of pages: 229
Lily Ziminski is an ICU nurse near the nation’s capital where politics are a regular part of hospital policy. Assigned a series of high-profile patients, she finds herself an unwilling focus of the media. Lily would much rather do without all the attention…
Caleb Graham runs into the same captivating nurse twice in one day, and he’s not a man who believes in coincidence. When problems at a local impound lot force him into the middle of a bizarre case that threatens Lily, Caleb will stop at nothing to protect her.
From a stranger in a parking garage to Secret Service agents, surprise chases Lily around every corner. In the midst of the chaos, she has two constants – her longtime faith in God and her growing attraction for a silver-eyed trooper.
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She slowed and sought a place to pull over, no small feat on this narrow stretch of Lee Highway. Spotting a patch of grass to her right, she steered her silver two-door sedan as far over as she could and cut the engine. Her fingers drummed a rhythmless beat on the steering wheel as she waited for the trooper. He was probably busy checking with dispatch to make sure she wasn’t a mass murderer. Because, clearly, rampaging homicidal maniacs drove nondescript cars on the way to the hospital in the wee hours of the morning.
In all her years traversing this road, Lily had never seen a state trooper on this particular stretch. Until today. Good thing she’d left early for work.
Thank you, God, for getting me up and out the door when You did.
The trooper climbed out of his cruiser and approached her parked vehicle. She hit the button and listened to the almost imperceptible hum as her window slid down. The grey of his uniform would have blended into the night were it not for the illumination of his headlights and his car-mounted spotlight. As it happened, they blinded her enough that she couldn’t catch much more than the color of his clothes and a hint of his shape.
“License and registration, please.” The voice was impatient. Tired, too. He was probably at the end of his shift, which meant she had little chance of winning the argument, but she wouldn’t let that stop her from trying.
“I wasn’t speeding.”
“License and registration, please.”
So much for the serve part of public service.
“Can you at least tell me why you pulled me over?”
“Give me your license and registration, ma’am.”
Heat swept through Lily. It’s not like she’d asked a difficult question. “How do I even know you’re a state trooper and not some crazed rapist who’s trying to get my address so he can break into my home?”
The trooper’s shadowed mouth hinted at a smile, and his eyes morphed from intense pinpoints to… Hm. Eyes couldn’t be huggable, could they?
Who was she kidding? She couldn’t even see his eyes. Her imagination had to be on overdrive.
“Well, ma’am, most people consider those flashing red and blue lights as proof enough that I’m one of the good guys, but if it would make you feel better, I’d be happy to go turn the siren back on, too. I doubt crazed rapists announce themselves with police sirens.” Now that he was speaking in actual sentences, Lily picked up a hint of honeyed Southern drawl dancing along the edge of his words. She never could resist Southern charm — real or imagined.
The ending has to be one of the best endings I have ever read. The scene was fantastic until the last page and last word. So why was it such a great ending?
Lily is an ICU nurse. She fills her days keeping people alive. Enter handsome state trooper, Caleb. Caleb spends his day tracking down bad guys and saving citizens. I absolutely loved how they met. I won’t give it away but it. Was. AWESOME!!
As if that wasn’t a great enough hook, sparks, intrigue, love-at-first-sight (or is it 2nd sight?), and Christian loving folks top it off. Ms. Gray is a phenomenal writer. Not because she writes Christian novels for those who love all things Christian, but because she pulls you into the story and makes you feel like you’re apart of the action.
Lily and Caleb are real people, living real lives, working normal jobs. I love how they sought God for clarity on their relationship. One topic the book brings up is how fast is too fast when speaking marriage. I LOVE this because it’s something I love to ask people when I find out they’re married. How long did it take them to marry once they met. I loved how Ms. Gray approached this subject.
Lily has trouble making her mind up about their relationship and it proved to be a great page turning motivator. Once it was resolved I let out a big sigh…you know the sigh, I-love-romance-books-and-I-can’t-wait-to-read-the-next-one sigh. 😉
Read this book!!! Even though it’s third in the series, it can be read stand-alone, so go out and read it. 🙂
* I give this a 5 out of 5 (the ending knocked it out the park for me)!
**I received a free copy via SLB Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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