Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Pulling the Trigger
Author: Julie Miller
Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue
Re-release Date: June 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Year/Setting: Present Day Kenner City, CO
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Julie's Website: www.juliemiller.org
Joanna Rhodes left Kenner County over ten years ago. She walked away from her people and her past to become an FBI agent. She’s now a profiling and interrogation specialist and she’s been brought in to help break open a big case. The FBI isn’t aware of it, but she’ll have to face down the demons of her past at the same time.
Ethan Bia hadn’t seen Joanna in the ten years since she loved him and left him without a word of explanation. Ethan had tried to move on with his life by joining the army in order to see the world. From his years on the Ute reservation and his army training, he’s a top-notch tracker. He will be helping bring in the suspect, Sherman Watts. When he bumps into Joanna, he’s excited to consider getting reacquainted. However, Joanna makes it clear that there’s nothing left in Kenner County for her. She’s going to do her job and go home…but Ethan wonders if she can really face the ghosts of the past. Combine that with tracking a killer through the mountains and Ethan will have to remind himself over and over that his relationship with Joanna is over. Too bad he can’t convince her to try one more time.
What a fast-paced and intriguing book. I couldn’t put it down and Julie Miller kept me guessing until the very end. I thought this was a superbly well-written book that brings together the cultural traditions of the past with contemporary applications. I appreciated how Joanna and Ethan’s Native American roots are a part of who they are. It’s not something that needed to be touted in the book; it just exudes from them naturally. Both Joanna and Ethan are strong, stubborn and thick headed. So when they agree, they get along. But more often than not, they don’t agree and I discovered that when they don’t agree, the sparks fly. I loved having such a strong heroine who was incredibly intelligent. If I met Joanna, I would want to be friends with her. She’s a treasure.
Ethan is rugged and handsome and loyal to the end. I loved his sense of duty, honor and keeping promises. All of these are characteristics that I wish more people had. It was such a joy to watch him as he lived out his promises. Especially when trying to earn Joanna’s trust. He’s gentle and yet a pillar of strength.
I know this is part of a series of books set in Kenner County, I felt Julie Miller did an outstanding job of bringing a new reader up to speed in a way that wouldn’t be boring to a returning reader. I know that’s a fine line and I was impressed with the way Julie Miller wove the details together. If you like intrigue and a little mystery, this is a great book and series for you. I’m now hooked and hoping to read the rest of the books to see how this concludes. Pulling the Trigger is a well-crafted story that will grab you from the first page and keep you enthralled until the very end.
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