I think I was halfway through this one when I realized I'd read another book in the series a week or so ago.
So our h got worked over by a con artist. She had an inheritance, and some insurance money, and he used his good looks and charmed her into marriage. Then his partner stole her money, and he "disappeared"...after getting her knocked up.
His identical twin comes behind to a) figure out what happened and b) clean up his mess if necessary. Poses as him for a bit, before finally revealing himself to her. The accomplice is after him for the money. He figures, based on twin's past history, the trail leads to Vegas so they go, and find the end of the trail for twin.
Go back, and with help of local sheriff, and h's retired bounty hunter - brother, set up a trap...that accomplice fails to spring. Instead accomplice walks in an unlocked door and takes them by surprise after everyone has presumably gone home. Fortunately, the bounty hunter was suspicious so didn't.
It was a quick read. I couldn't help but wonder if pregnancy hormones didn't help things along. Also thought H maybe a bit too quick to roll over for a PI. Really hard to imagine him being v. effective as beta as he seemed at times.
It got a 3 because I'm mostly burned out.
The girl on the cover does look pregnant. Apparently whoever matched covers with books was asleep at the wheel because the h is NOT.
The background is that she's hidden away by US Marshalls outside witless protection as her sister and BIL were cops investigating other cops who killed them while she was hiding in the closet. They figured there was too much risk of her being found going through their normal network. They called upon the H for some unknown reason.
Official story is that she's his fiancee' and nobody knew he was involved (small town). Brilliantly, he lets one of his deputies in on the secret.
In the meantime, they have a crimewave of sorts - someone has kidnapped two single women from their homes, taken them to the Kissing Tree (yes, this is a thing), and well, kissed them.
Over the course of what...a week or two (not sure there), the original bad guys are arrested, and the Casanova (the kidnapper) has apparently escalated to raping one.
The h gets spooked because she heard someone outside her window...which really should have made the H suspicious of who this person might be as she, while single, is supposedly engaged to HIM, and only one person in town knows otherwise.
Of course, an argument later, the stage is set so she can get grabbed and since she's (temporarily) blind and relying on other senses, she figures out who it is.
Thoughts - the guy is all kinds of stupid to grab a person he *knows* is being collected in less than a day by US Marshalls. Did the thought never cross his mind that by messing with her, he'd invite all sorts of government attention into his proclivities? And he was rather obvious - a large person, even if you don't notice the smell of mint from his soap, in a town where everyone knows everyone, how many people meeting that description are there? Even the H seemed to be mentally facepalming - everyone knew him, everyone trusted him, he could pick locks, etc.
Kicker - h's testimony wasn't needed for original purpose as one of the dirty cops did the canary impression once caught.
Chelsea lives on the first floor of an apt complex in a dead-end job that she is overqualified for. She has a fairly new upstairs neighbor, Jeremy that she is curious about, but knows nothing about him. He comes across as a bit stuffy.
So, yeah, no. I would have liked this had I liked Chelsea. She's an idiot. Not a likable idiot either. She's constantly making bad choices, not growing up, jealous of her best friend, and is very immature. Here's an example. She's got a business degree, but forget to pay her cable bill. She's "tired of being broke." But thinks nothing of going to the mall to shop because SALE! Whine! She is clumsy (physically and in manners), forgetful, etc. It's funny, but only to a point. She doesn't grow or mature by the end of the book. Instead, there's a "misunderstanding." It's out of left field and blown so out of proportion.
I didn't care that much for Jeremy either. He came across as very stuck up at first and I had a very hard time getting over that. I also just didn't see the romance between him and Chelsea.
FBI profiler Sam Connelly is on a forced vacation in a Louisiana B&B when someone targets the B&B owner. The secret admirer has been leaving the single mother and her daughter little gifts, but now he's escalating by leaving her a murdered would-be competitor accompanied by a creepy phone call.
Sam knows they're dealing with yet another monster, and he's willing to do anything to keep mother and daughter from harm.
Formulaic and rather predictable with a myriad of coincidences (the admirer escalates right when Sam starts his vacation...show/hide spoiler
). The only thing I didn't see coming was the identity of the crazy admirer, since there were no real clues with red herrings leading everywhere else but there.
This time it was the hero's turn to be scared of loving anyone due to "what was hidden underneath" (eye roll, please), the heroine fell for the guy too quickly, I didn't really buy the love-thing from the hero...
The only remotely decent part of this story was the suspense, which was unfortunately overshadowed by the botched-up and rushed romance.