Friday, September 19, 2014

This Good Man-Janice Kay Johnsonr

This Good Man
Janice Kay Johnson
Harlequin SuperRomance, Sep 2 2014, $6.75
ISBN: 9780373608683

Filled with guilt, Family Violence Unit police captain Reid Sawyer returns to the Spokane area when he learns he has a much younger teenage half-brother Caleb.  Reid assumes his violent dad, who battered him and his mother including getting away with uxoricide, would do likewise with his surly fifteen years offspring whose mom abandoned him three years ago.  Reid says he is damaged so cannot take Caleb with him, but offers to place him with friends off the grid until he turns eighteen.  Reid takes a position with the Angel Butte’s Police Department before taking a battered Caleb to live with the couple Roger and Paula Hale who saved his life decades ago.

When social worker Anna Grant demands ABPD search for a thirteen years old runaway, Reid intervenes and orders his officer to look for the kid.  Meanwhile, he and Anna are attracted to each other, but though it could cost him his job, Reid conceals from her where he hid Caleb in order to protect the kind Hale couple and to keep his brother safe.  He is unaware that Anna’s traumatic childhood in the foster care system left her damaged and her sister dead.

The fourth Mysteries Of Angel Butte (see Cop By Her Side, Bringing Maddie Home and Everywhere She Goes) is a timely (NFL) character-driven police procedural mindful of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as the storyline takes a deep look at the impact of child abuse.  The lead couple share in common love for each other, dedication to their jobs and damaged psyches from their troubled childhood.  Leisurely-paced with the romance taking a back seat to the abuse plot, Janice Kay Johnson provides an intense drama.

Harriet Klausner

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