Type: Romantic Suspense
My Copy: Sent
When Gabrielle Harper’s gutsy investigative reporting attracted a serial killer, her new neighbor began keeping an eye on her. But Cooper Marshall was more than his chiseled frame suggested. He was an Elite Operations Division specialist who thrived on adrenaline, who always took risks, whose every instinct was geared to protect. Even if it meant breaking cover. Gabrielle wasn’t the sort to hole up in her Washington, D.C., walk-up, waiting to be the next victim. So when the time came, he’d throw her on the back of his motorcycle and ride with a vengeance to save her life. Until then, he’d watch and wait, and try not to get carried away with attraction to the girl next door .
Being neighbors with a P.I is finally starting to come in handy for Gabrielle. With a killer on the loose and her hot on his trail she may need some additional help. Getting that help from her hot neighbor is just icing on the cake as far as she’s concerned. But she’s smart and she knows Cooper is hiding something. Maybe more than his growing feelings for her.
Cooper isn’t a P.I but he certainly can’t tell Gabrielle he’s actually a part of an elite block ops team trying to find a rogue agent that may have suddenly become fixated with her. Instead he’ll do his best to keep his secrets under wraps while still protecting her. Gabrielle isn’t like most females though, she’s willing to walk right into trouble in order to get her story and justice for the killers victims. Keeping her out of harms way may be his toughest assignment yet.
I’ve loved this series since book one and The Girl Next Door wasn’t any different! I found it to be typical of a Cynthia Eden book, and by that I mean top notch. Her characters are always engaging, the world building always complete and her vision becomes my own…every time.
I’ve enjoyed Cooper since he first turned up as a mystery a few books ago. He’s kind of been on the sidelines, but always willing to jump in to help his fellow agents, even if they weren’t aware he was there. With a rogue agent on the loose he knows he can’t really trust anyone except maybe the head of their team, Mercer. When he’s asked to keep his neighbor, a reporter, out of their hair he figures it should be an easy feat. Instead he finds out rather quickly that Gabrielle has no intention of letting these murders go unsolved. Instead she hires him to be her bodyguard, completely unaware of who he really is.
As Cooper helps her solve the murders while still keeping her out of harms way, and his secrets intact, he begins to fall for the tenacious woman. Her need to get justice for the victims pulls at his heartstrings and his boldface lies muddle his conscience. He hates lying to her but his conviction to his team trump his need to explain who he really is. When things heat up though and attempts on her life start, he has no choice but to come clean. Cooper is just an awesome character. His tough, smart and loyal…not to mention smoking hot and lethal to a womans panties.
Gabrielle is an amazing heroine because while she may be scared, her drive to solve the case spurs her on, even if it is dangerous. I love women who can stand strong in the face of danger. Eden excels at writing strong heroines and Gabrielle is just another example of that. She’s tough but vulnerable. Loyal and full of conviction. And, the perfect other half to Cooper.
The Girl Next Door has plenty of action I’ve come to expect from Eden and it’s short enough to devour in one afternoon (or for me a few hours because I refuse to move once I’ve started a Cynthia Eden book). It also continues the story line that’s been evolving over the course of this series. While you don’t really need to read them in order, I recommend that you do anyway since they are all wonderful.
I give The Girl Next Door by Cynthia Eden 4.25 stars!