Four years ago, Mitch Lawson moved across the breezeway from Mara Hanover and she fell in love with the tall, good-looking police detective who had an uncanny ability to dress well even though he’s single. It was not a stalker kind of love; she knows she has no hope since Mitch is way out of her league. That doesn’t change the fact that he’s her dream man.
Then one day Mara’s faucet won’t turn off and she knows nothing about plumbing. Being a good guy, Mitch offers to help then he invites himself over for pizza. Mara gives it a go but finds herself running away from him (literally) on their first date, standing him up their second and then she runs into him (again literally) on her way to save her ne’er do well, criminal cousin’s kids who’d just run away from their ne’er do well, criminal Dad.
Suddenly, Mara finds she has on her hands the guardianship of two kids and a gorgeous police detective who’s willing to do anything to help out… including giving fabulous foot rubs.
But Mara knows who she is and where she came from and she knows Detective Mitch Lawson is better than her. Hot law man Mitch disagrees and his challenge is to convince Mara to let go of her past and he sets about building a family at the same time he finds he also needs to protect them all against known and unknown adversaries that would tear them apart.
I absolutely loved this book! It is my favorite of the series by far. Book 3 is about Mitch Lawson, the partner of Brock Lucas (book 2) and Mara Hanover, his shy neighbor that has been secretly in love with him for years, but too shy and with too low of self-esteem to do anything about it.
Mara’s cousin’s kids run away from home (their dad is an alcoholic and drug user) and call Mara to come get them. As she’s running out to get them, she literally runs into Mitch and he insists on going with her. He becomes a part of their lives from that minute on.
What I really liked about this book was the way Mara and Mitch really looked out for the kids. The kids were first and foremost throughout, and as a mom, I feel that’s the way it should be. Their relationship was developed nicely, and it made sense. There were some funny moments with neighbors and family members, and an appearance by two of the Rock Chicks.
I will admit that Mara is a little annoying in the beginning of this book, due to her very low self esteem issues. They work themselves out nicely and she actually becomes a very likable character.