About the Book:
Title: Arresting Jeremiah
Author: Amber Daulton
Series: Arresting Onyx #2
Page Length: 387
Publication Date: Oct. 14, 2020
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Synopsis: Injured Parole Officer Jeremiah “Jim” Borden never expected Calista Barlow, the sassy blonde waitress he’s craved for months, to ring his doorbell. She slips into his heart—and his bed—but he’s obsessed with a gangland investigation that threatens his career and maybe even his life.
Calista doesn’t trust easily, not with a daughter to protect and the stalker who keeps calling her. After her violent ex-boyfriend returns, she finds solace in Jim’s arms.
Jim may have to forego his need for answers to protect the ready-made family he adores, but how will he and Calista escape an unseen enemy that is always one step ahead of them?
Warning: this romantic suspense novel features a smoking hot bad boy, a take-no-bull heroine, dirty language. and scorching sex scenes. There are also scenes of child endangerment, attempted assault of the heroine, stalking, and murder. Read at your own risk.
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Parole Officer Jeremiah “Jim” Borden is on administrative leave after angering some of his superiors. Sporting a broken arm and a lot of baggage, he’s pleasantly surprised when his long-time crush knocks on his door and asks him out. Calista Barlow is a single mother working as a waitress at a local diner that Jim purposely frequents so that he can see her. They’ve both liked each other from a distance for months, and have finally taken the steps toward dating. However, secrets from both of their pasts come back to haunt them, along with an increasing amount of danger. Jim will do whatever it takes to keep Calista and her daughter safe, but at what cost?
This is such a great romantic suspense! Like the first book in the series, this one is steamy!! Jim and Calista have been crushing on each other for a while, and when they get together, it is explosive! Calista has many insecurities, including body image issues, and I love how Jim boosts her confidence and accepts her unequivocally. Calista does the same for Jim and loves him for who he is, even if he can be a bit overbearing at times. She sees past his tough exterior and loves the kind, protective, and loving man underneath. Their relationship is a roller coaster of emotions, and it is fast-moving, but it makes sense considering how long they’ve cared for each other.
Jim ends up going through an internal and ethical conflict that I found really interesting. He is an honorable man with strong morals, and it disheartens him to know that many of his colleagues don’t share the same upstanding ideals. Corruption runs deep, and Jim is determined to get to the bottom of it. This corruption makes Jim reevaluate his feelings about his job, his career goals, and his priorities.
Calista also has a lot of baggage, and she goes through many obstacles, most noticeably troubles with her daughter’s father and perverse phone calls. Her baby daddy threatens Calista in more ways than one, and the phone calls feel threatening. Between Calista’s problems and Jim’s, the story includes a ton of suspense. As Calista and Jim become deeply immersed with a dangerous crime family and increasing gang activity, by-the-book, rule-following Jim begins to see that sometimes you have to break the rules for good reasons. He also learns just how far he is willing to go for the people he loves.
Romance, secrets, surprising revelations, attempted kidnappings, and other dangers make for a page-turning read. I love Calista and Jim’s story and so rooted for their happy ending. Though this is the second book in the Arresting Onyx series, it can totally be read as a standalone. That being said, Arresting Mason, the first book in the series, is just as good as this one. Also, Mason and Mia make appearances in this book, which I love! It’s great to see what the couple is up to and how their relationship with Jim has grown and changed. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy steamy romantic suspense with great characters and a super-sexy love story and am thankful to Amber Daulton for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
- The romance! I loved Jim and Calista’s story!
- The intrigue. There are so many twists and turns!
Jeremiah wasn’t perfect – neither was she – but he was close to perfect for her.
The future is ours to make. We can shape it however we want. Your past is your past.
“Why do you call me Jeremiah? Everyone else calls me Jim.”
“It feels more personal, as though you belong only to me. I may have to share Jim with the rest of the world, but Jeremiah – the strong, kind mad I’ve admired over the past several months – is all mine.”