Deputy's Secret by Morgan Blaze
Series: Welcome to Covendale #3
Publisher: Self-Published on January 3, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
She's about to discover his dangerous game.
Nick Donovan leads a dangerous double life: small-town deputy by day, illegal and undefeated freestyle fighter by night. Two more fights and he'll finally be able to pay off the loan shark who's been holding his life hostage. But now, one beautiful and stubborn reporter is on the verge of ruining him.
Emma Reid has just moved in, right next door to the most stereotypical small-town deputy she's ever met. He's gorgeous, built like a linebacker, and clueless about everything...except when he's not. Nick is her first interview for her brand new job, but she's chasing a much hotter story: the underground club hosting illegal fights in the city.
After an abrasive introduction, Nick and Emma find themselves falling for each other fast. But if Nick can't keep her away from The Hammer long enough to bury his secret...then all bets are off.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Emma’s career as a reporter isn’t exactly turning out the way she’d hoped, but she intends to use her time at the small-town newspaper as a stepping stone. Having recently attended an underground fight club in the next town over, she wonders if her big break might be exposing one of the masked fighters as a highly respected citizen of the community, but in the meantime, she’s stuck reporting who got arrested or ticketed over the week.
Nick’s been trying to lie low and not attract anyone’s attention for so long that the citizens of Covendale hardly give him a second glance. As a local deputy, the last thing he should be involved in is underground fighting, but it was the only way to get the money needed for his father’s lifesaving surgery. He hates every second of it, but winning those fights is paying off his debt to a dangerous loan shark, and his father is worth it all.
Yep, my thoughts on this one are pretty much what they were on the previous two. You have no idea how badly I want to design a whole new set of covers for this series.
Emma’s not thrilled about Covendale, and her arrival is made worse by the fact that her furniture and belongings have been waylaid by incompetent movers. She’s not exactly impressed by her helpful neighbor either — at least until she gets a better look at him.
Nick and Emma are quickly paired up as part of their jobs, both surprised when they come face to face again. And while Nick knows better than to get involved with a reporter, just the type of person who can blow his other identity wide open, he can’t seem to stay away from her. And Emma is quickly intrigued by the man who goes from practically no personality around others to witty and kind around her. It’s only a matter of time before she connects him with the fight ring she’s investigating on the side.
Normally, nosy reporter characters get on my nerves, but Emma’s instinct to dig deeper didn’t come at the expense of ethics. She came across as smart and curious, but not the kind of person who would go after the story no matter who it hurt. And of course I felt terrible for Nick, having to compromise his safety and integrity to provide for his father. His mother’s complete naivete and faith was cute as all get out, too.
Of course, the fighting thing does eventually come to light, and while it’s certainly dramatic, it doesn’t all blow up the way I thought it would. I don’t want to give away the ending, but it played out quickly, with just the right amount of suspense and danger to keep things interesting. I suppose the only thing I can really complain about is that it would have been nice to have more story, but considering how much I usually don’t enjoys novellas and short books, Deputy’s Secret is certainly a standout.