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First-term Sheriff is torn between duty and love when the Chief of Surgery is accused of medical malpractice and homicide.
Following an auto accident and a death during surgery, Sheriff Kyle Monroe is pulled between professional responsibilities and his personal life. He’s ready to stand by Dr. Tess Sweeney to fight bogus medical malpractice charges, even under pressure from his doctor brother and the county District Attorney distance himself from her. He has to clear her of the charges to keep their new found love going.
After reading Hot SEAL, Cold Beer and seeing the connection to Diamond Lakes, I had to go back and read this one. It was originally part of the Cowboy Justice Anthology. I really loved this book, it got me riled up in more ways than one!
Sheriff Kyle Monroe and Dr. Tess Sweeny are a couple, problem is no one knows. She has insisted on that since Kyle’s had been her patient and his twin brother Troy is Chief of Staff at the hospital. Troy doesn’t like her very much, not personally or professionally. She was hired by the board of directors as Chief of Surgery, before he was appointed.
Car accidents happen quickly and the results can be devastating for parents, in this case the news is bad for one set of parents and good for the other. In this case 2 prominent families are involved and the doctor has a not so pleasant history with one of them.
Here is the scene that had me up in arms routing for the doctor.
A hand clasped down hard on her shoulder and wheeled her around. Preston Lloyd had followed her from the room and now glared at her, his jaw flexing and relaxing. “Excuse us, Sheriff. Tess and I need to have a private conversation,” he said and jerked Tess off to one side.
“I want to know why you killed my son. Did you think it would be the perfect revenge? The perfect way to get back at me? Did you? Did you? It was just a car accident. There’s no way my son could have died from it.” His voice vibrated with rage. His hands were rolled into tight fists at his side.
“That’s enough, Lloyd.” Kyle said, stepping between them.
“You bitch.” He leaned toward Tess, pointing his finger in her face. “I’ll have your license, Tess. I’ll personally see to it that you never kill another person.”
“Preston, I—” Her heart thumped painfully against her chest. Diamond Lakes was a small town with a tight medical community. Preston had enough political clout to ruin her career if he so chose.
“I said that’s enough.” Kyle pressed his hand on Lloyd’s chest to hold him away from Tess. All he was missing was the suit of armor.
She shouldn’t be relieved to have Kyle protecting her. She should be strong enough to stand up for herself. But she was so tired, so heartbroken, so fragile right now. A single word could reduce her to tears. When she laid her hand on Kyle’s back, the muscles were tense and strained.
Preston shoved Kyle’s shoulder to dislodge his restraining hand. “You stay out of this, Monroe— if you want to keep your job as sheriff. I can make your reelection campaign fizzle before it starts.” He glared at Tess over Kyle’s shoulder. “This is between me and this lying, vindictive murderer. She killed my son.”
Kyle placed his hand on Preston’s shoulder and squeezed. Preston flinched. “That’s more than enough. Dr. Sweeney isn’t to blame. I’m sorry for your loss, Preston. You need to go see to your wife.”
Preston jerked his shoulder out of Kyle’s grasp. “This isn’t over, Tess. Not by a long shot. I’ll be contacting the head of hospital, the chairman of the board, and the president of the Texas Medical Society and filing a complaint about you with each of them. I promise you, I will find a way to ruin your life like you ruined mine tonight.” He stormed away, slamming the surgery waiting room door against the wall.
Texas Justice. D’Alba, Cynthia. From Cowboy Justice 12-Pack (Kindle Location 6196-6215).Kindle Edition.
Preston starts the trouble immediately and in a media storm. Blaming the driver of the other vehicle and the doctor as well claiming drunkenness on both their parts. As the truth unwinds there are quite a few surprises for all involved.
This book shows the incredibly insane things that happen when people in a positions of power misuse it. The ability to fight and overcome is a real battle in these situations.
An intense, well written satisfying read, with a sizzling romance to make your heart race.
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Hi Y’All! I’m Cynthia D’Alba from Arkansas.Here’s a little about me…
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Cynthia D’Alba started writing on a challenge from her husband in 2006 and discovered having imaginary sex with lots of hunky men was fun.
She was born and raised in a small Arkansas town. After being gone for a number of years, she’s thrilled to be making her home back in Arkansas living in a vine-covered cottage on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake. When she’s not reading or writing or plotting, she’s doorman for her two dogs, cook, housekeeper and chief bottle washer for her husband and slave to a noisy, messy parrot. She loves to chat online with friends and fans.