When She Wasn’t Looking by HelenKay Dimon

Title: When She Wasn’t Looking

Author: HelenKay Dimon

Genre: Romantic suspense

Synopsis: No woman could deny the appeal of the sexy deputy sheriff Jonas Porter. But to Courtney Allen, Jonas has one major flaw—his badge. Years ago, Courtney’s father was wrongfully convicted of a crime and she vowed to never trust a cop again. But when Jonas becomes the only man to believe in her father’s innocence, Courtney begins seeing the brooding lawman in a whole new way.

Jonas knows in his gut that the real killer is still out there and determined to finish what he started long ago. To protect Courtney and bring the criminal to justice will require all the skills he can muster. And that means focusing on the job. Not the woman who makes him forget his troublesome past and arouses in him a passion that is anything but professional.

Review: This book gets off to a quick start, with Courtney making a run for it after a deputy sheriff (Jonas) shows up at her door to check up on a Margaret Taynor.  Courtney is obviously hiding from a man, perhaps an abusive spouse, the truth of which is revealed as the H/H navigate various perils.

This is unexpected, given the synopsis on the back cover and is an indication of just how much actually takes place in 252 pages.

I liked that HelenKay Dimon took turns writing the story from both main characters’ perspective, starting with Jonas at the end of a long shift before switching to Courtney in a panic over possibly having been found by a mysterious man from her past.

While  I am all for doing it yourself and not depending on the hero to do all the ‘saving’, there is a reason law enforcement officers go through training, so when Jonas advises Courtney to let him handle certain situations, she should’ve listened.

Ah well, “When She Wasn’t Looking” was still an enjoyable read, complete with a happy ending for two people who fell in love while solving a mystery and facing danger.

Grade: A-

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