Published by Harlequin on June 1st 2018
Genres: Crime, Fiction, General, Romance, Suspense, Thrillers
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Sworn to protect, tempted by desireBook One in the thrilling series: To Serve and SeduceChicago detective Armstrong Black follows the rules—his rules. When he’s assigned to partner with an Atlanta detective who’s hell-bent on bringing down criminals who targeted her sister, he’s determined to stay in control. But stunning Danni Winstead is all blazing temper and sweet temptation. Working with her tests Armstrong’s restraint; trusting her could put them both in fatal jeopardy…
I love the premise of romantic suspense. Some mystery, intrigue, and some good love? Count me in. It’s one of my favorite subgenres, which most of you know. Being so, I was interested in checking out Deborah Fletcher Mello’s Seduced by the Badge.
Seduced by the Badge is the start of a series, featuring the family of police superintendent Jerome and Judge Judith Black, of Chicago, Illinois. Their son Armstrong (all of their children are named after great musicians), a detective, is first to fall in love. He is partnered with Detective Danni Winstead as they work to take down a massive trafficking ring. Their partnership should be platonic but these two soon realize that feel more than they should for each other.
I was invested in the suspense and while I figured out most of it pretty early on, I liked seeing how Deborah got us there. I was rooting for the secondary characters and hoping that they would get the endings they deserved. It wasn’t necessarily nail-biting for me, but I was definitely interested.
Now while I loved the suspense, the romance left a bit to be desired for me. I got that Armstrong and Danni liked each other but I didn’t really feel anything deeper. The chemistry was pretty tame. I felt like their attraction was on simmer throughout the whole book and I wanted to kick it up a few notches. It never got hot in the kitchen, so to speak. They progressed a little bit toward the end but I wasn’t as emotionally invested in the two of them by that time.
If you’re looking for a solid suspense novel with a sprinkle of attraction, I think Seduced by the Badge is a solid option to satisfy the need.