Agent by Her Side by Deborah Fletcher Mello

She’ll do anything to track a killer

And he’ll do anything to keep her in line…

If PI Kiely Colton must work with FBI agent Cooper Winston, she will. But to solve a cold case, she won’t change her break-the-rules style to accommodate the single father’s by-the-book principles.

As the investigation progresses, Kiely finds herself inexplicably attracted to her exacting partner and enchanted by his adorable son. Will a ruthless killer put an end to their possible future before it really begins?

Titles in the Colton 911: Grand Rapids series include —Family Defender by Tara Taylor Quinn (rated not reviewed) – Suspect Under Seige by Jane Godman – Detective on Call by Regan Black – Agent by Her Side by Deborah Fletcher Mello – In Hot Pursuit by Geri Krotow -Ultimate Showdown by Addison Fox

Title:  Agent by Her Side
Series:  Colton 911: Grand Rapids #4
Author:  Deborah Fletcher Mello
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Published:  October 1, 2020
Publisher:  Harlequin Romantic Suspense
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Sometimes there comes along in a series one story that simply ticks off all the ‘just right for me buttons’.  You know the kind.  A heroine who is smart, gutsy, can be vulnerable and can change her life plan when the situation merits it.  A hero who has gone through the worst life can offer and come out the other side whole but badly bruised, a man who isn’t so wrapped up in the past that he cannot see a different future.  An ongoing investigation into a crime that is heating up decidedly at this juncture.  And a few twists that I never, ever saw coming to make the story a bit more realistic, more intense, and even more believable.  A love between a couple that feels real, acts as an emerging future and isn’t afraid to ask and deal with the tough questions.

I found all of that and more in Agent by Her Side, the fourth title in the Colton 911: Grand Rapids series by Harlequin Romantic Suspense.  It’s possible that I’ve read Deborah Fletcher Mello’s work before – after all, I read a ton of various Harlequin lines.  Yet, this one story sold me to finding more, searching out her backlist, diving a bit deeper.  Funny how sometimes just one story can do that for a reader.

You might think that I haven’t told you much about the actual book – Agent by Her Side – Oh, but I have just in the description of the hero and heroine… add in an adorable, mischievous little toddler and you have a wonderfully complete picture of Kiely, Cooper, and little Alfie.  This time around the villains are particularly vile and disgusting, with a twist that I didn’t see coming at all.  Now, if I search my memory I know there was a mention of this possibility early on, but it was never reintroduced until that revealing scene… took me by surprise in a way that I love within a Romantic Suspense story.  It’s that type of storytelling that will always grab my attention and have me begging for more.

When you just finished a story and your immediate gut reaction is to start a re-read right now in case you missed nuances, details the first time (even though you desperately need to get caught up on the entire series)… well, that’s when I know I’ve a winner in my hands.

I hope you’ll check out Agent by Her Side for yourself.  It’s an incredible romantic journey.

I own a Kindle edition of Agent by Her Side.

Available in paperback and for your favorite e-reader.

 

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