CAVANAUGH JUDGMENT (2) by Marie Ferrarella: Narcotics detective Greer O’Brian is in court for a drug dealer’s trial before Judge Blake Kincannon. Two years earlier, Greer was the first cop to arrive on the scene of the car accident that cost Blake’s wife her life, despite Greer’s best efforts to save her. Greer is uncomfortable around Blake, thinking he blames her for his wife’s death. During the trial, the drug dealer gets the bailiff’s gun and Greer throws herself on Blake to protect him. The drug dealer manages to escape, but not before threatening to kill the judge and his father. Greer is ordered to be Blake’s bodyguard. While potentially a moving story, this book just does not work. The pacing of the plot involving the killer moves too slowly, which makes the suspense lag for readers. On the other hand, the pace of the romance seems much too fast and therefore feels unbelievable. It’s very hard to feel the emotions of Greer and Blake, making the relationship unreal for readers.