High Noon by Nora Roberts
Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age when an unstable man broke into her family's home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she's Savannah's top hostage negotiator, defusing powder keg situations with a talent for knowing when to give in-and when to jump in and take action. It's satisfying work-and sometimes those skills come in handy at home dealing with her agoraphobic mother, still traumatized by the break-in after all these years, and her precocious seven-year-old daugher, Carly.
It's exactly that heady combination of steely courage and sensitivity that first attracts Duncan Swift to Phoebe. After observing her coax one of his employees down from a roof ledge, he is committed to keeping this intriguing, take-charge woman in his life. She's used to working solo, but Phoebe's discovering no amount of negotiation can keep Duncan at arm's length.
And when she's grabbed by a man who throws a hood over her head and brutally assaults her-in her own precinct house-Phoebe can't help but be deeply shaken. Then threatening messages show up on her doorstep, and she's not just alarmed but frustrated. How do you go face-to-face with an opponent who refuses to look you in the eye?
Now, with Duncan backing her up every step of the way, she must establish contact with the faceless tormentor who is determined to make her a hostage to fear...before she becomes the final showdown.
I listened to this book in my car on the way to and from work and for the first time found myself wishing I had a longer commute so I could spend more time in this amazing story by Nora Roberts. I even got some errands crossed off the to do list that had been there for a long while just so I could listen to more of Susan Erickson's very well done narration. I have been a long time fan of Nora Roberts and have some strong favorites, but High Noon has joined my list of top Nora faves.
Phoebe is an incredibly strong woman who is put through the gauntlet. Duncan is an almost-too-good-to-be-true guy who decides that he wants to get to know Phoebe better and never looks back. He is a FANTASTIC hero and I love the relationships he has with Ma Bea, Finn, and Lou and those he develops with Phoebe's mother and daughter. Nora does character development like nobody else and her writing is second to none...she is truly a master at what she does and High Noon highlights her strengths to perfection. I have a few more romantic suspense titles from Nora on my TBR and think I will be picking on of them for my next audio book selection, especially if Susan is narrating again!
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