Sex might be the initial attraction between Alward’s leads in her latest, but the end result is a beautiful romance that will remind readers a little of early JoAnn Ross or very early Nora Roberts. For a moment your own heart will break for the trauma both Lindsay and hero Matt have suffered, and Matt’s admission that Lindsay is more than a booty call will leave you breathless and more than a little wistful. You won’t want to miss any of these First Responders!

Lindsay doesn’t have a social life to speak of, because she’s been focusing all her energy on getting her vet business up and running after years of caring for her clinically depressed father. Matt is taking a break from his high-stress undercover job in the city and filling in for a fellow cop on maternity leave. Small-town living seems like the best way to deal with the after-effects of a horrific case that ended badly. When a murdered woman is discovered in town, memories of the past come back to haunt him, and Lindsay is the one person who can make him feel alive again. Can Lindsay set aside her fear of having another person depend on her and accept the love Matt offers, or are his demons too much for her to handle? (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM., dl $3.50)
Reviewed by: 
Anna Dougherty