The Rogue by Kimberly Kincaid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Addison and Ryan work and socialize in a cross section of friends, family, and co-workers in Remington. She is a detective with the Intelligence Unit, and he is a firefighter. At the Station Seventeen’s annual holiday party, Addison and Ryan have some flirty action over the glitter table, then end up sneaking out to indulge in some sexy time together. With the understanding that it is a one night, one time, no strings attached romp.
Even though they both walked away (actually Addison snuck out before morning), a deal is a deal. Ryan can’t stop thinking about her and was obviously hurt that she ghosted him. While Addison is also thinking about that night, she is much more adamant that she is not relationship material. This mutual hands-off connection is blown to bits when Addison responds to a call to investigate a probable stalker situation. The victim is Ryan’s little sister Chloe, which thrusts Addison and Ryan together to flush out this guy.
The chemistry between Ryan and Addison is off the charts, but she has a job to do and that makes Ryan’s closeness a distraction. She wants to concentrate on catching this bad guy and is he ever a creeper, likely a serial stalker with a trail of victims in his past. Miles the stalker actually has a POV throughout the story, seeming harmless in the beginning, but ultimately evil and deranged by the ending. While working on the case, Addison and Ryan get into some “forced proximity” activities which lead to both confiding their attraction to each other. Which eventually leads to some serious sexy times.
The Rogue is a very suspenseful story, with some steamy romance at the same time addressing some pretty sensitive issues. Stalking in the social media sphere is scary stuff. Ms. Kincaid keeps you on the edge of your reading chair all throughout the drama. We also get some cameos of the other Intelligence unit hotties and the coordination of their well-oiled investigative team. The Rogue is easily read as a standalone story, but I would highly recommend you visit the whole series as our authorette Kimberly Kincaid writes the best cop/firefighter/medical hotties and heroines. Swoon!
I was provided an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.