I received this book for free from the TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Law and Disorder by Heather Graham
Series: The Finnegan Connection #1
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on January 17, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Law & Crime, Romantic Suspense, Thriller
Source: TLC Book Tours
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Trust the enemy?
Desperate to escape her kidnappers, Kody Cameron can turn to only one man…and he's holding a gun. Outnumbered and trapped in the deadly Everglades, she has little recourse, but something in this captor's eyes makes her believe she can trust him. Does she dare to take the risk?
Undercover agent Nick Connolly has met Kody before and knows she might very well blow his cover. Though determined to maintain his facade, he can't let Kody die. He won't. And his decision to change his own rules of law and order are about to make all hell break loose.
The Finnegan Connection
Law and Disorder is the first installment in the new Finnegan Connection series by Heather Graham, featuring side characters from her New York Confidential series. I’m more familiar with her paranormal Krewe of Hunters series, which I’ve read several and really enjoyed, so I jumped in to Law and Disorder expecting a fast paced book full of danger, intrigue, and a bit of romance–and Heather Graham delivered.
Kody Cameron is a New York City actress/waitress who’s taken a short leave to return to Florida to work at the historic mansion that her father had inherited. The last thing she’d expected was for criminals wearing rubber masks to storm the property, taking her and her coworkers and the guests hostage while they looked for the infamous loot that a gangster from the early twentieth century might have buried there. And she certainly didn’t expect to see a familiar pair of strikingly handsome eyes staring back at her with recognition from behind one of those masks. If only she could figure out where she knows this criminal from who’s trying to keep everyone safe…
Nick Connolly was intrigued by Kody from the moment he’d met her in Finnegan’s pub in New York when meeting up with his FBI agent coworker, Craig. But they never got a chance to go on a date before she returned to Florida and Nick went undercover to infiltrate a gang of thieves led by someone who’s made his way down the eastern seaboard to Florida, Nick’s native stomping grounds. Nick’s just as surprised as Kody when he’s forced to play along and hold her hostage in the mansion, and then kidnap her to search for the treasure out in the unforgiving Florida Everglades. But Kody knows her gangster history and she’s fiesty, and Nick prays that she doesn’t remember where she knows him from or that he’s actually FBI–or they’ll both wind up dead.
Kody is feisty, book smart, and a bit sheltered, but she’s loyal to a fault. Nick is a fantastic FBI agent who’s career has led him to this dangerous undercover operation. He plays the bad guy well, all while keeping people from getting in harms way or becoming collatoral damage. With her knowledge of the mob in the early twentieth century and the Everglades, and with Nick’s protection and ability to manipulate the head of the crime group, they’ll stop at nothing until everyone is safe and the bad guys are in jail.
I give Law and Disorder a four out of five. This book was fast paced and flowed from one scene to another well. The beginning of the book has a lot of characters being introduced at the mansion, as well as the backstory of Nick and Kody’s friends and connections to each other. It was a bit hard to muddle through and keep straight. The main character’s name is Dakota with a nickname of Kody, and it wasn’t that obvious at first that they were one person. Overall, the unique Florida setting in an historic mansion and the dangerous Everglades painted a great picture for a thrilling race to get free.
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About Heather Graham
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some trial and error, she sold her first book, WHEN NEXT WE LOVE, in 1982 and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. She wrote the launch books for the Dell’s Ecstasy Supreme line, Silhouette’s Shadows, and for Harlequin’s mainstream fiction imprint, Mira Books.
Heather was a founding member of the Florida Romance Writers chapter of RWA and, since 1999, has hosted the Romantic Times Vampire Ball, with all revenues going directly to children’s charity.
She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages, and to have been honored with awards frorn Waldenbooks. B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including local television and Entertainment Tonight.
Heather loves travel and anything have to do with the water, and is a certitified scuba diver. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.
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