Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
My Copy: Sent
Deputy DA Margo Keyes is looking forward to this trip with as much enthusiasm as she’d have for a root canal. There’s the Philly summer heat, the high school reunion she’d rather avoid, and the speech she’d be giving as a last-minute stand-in for her boss. Mostly there’s facing high school crush Tony Alessandro. When she’d last seen the Philly cop, he’d danced her out of his sister’s wedding reception to a dark room where he’d kissed her senseless. If his nephew hadn’t interrupted they’d have…well, who knows? Tony had disappeared on some family errand. She went home to Portland, Oregon the next day. She hadn’t heard from him since.
However, her homecoming turns out better than expected. The reunion and the speech work out. Even better, when she and Tony pick up where they left off in that dark room, the only heat that’s unbearable is what they generate in bed. Margo returns to Portland wondering if she and Tony have started something she might not be ready for, relieved she’s put a whole continent between them to give her breathing room to sort it. Then his work with a federal task force investigating industrial espionage brings him to Portland. And an accidental swap of messenger bags on her flight home puts her in the middle of the investigation. Tony wants her out of the way of the bad guys and focused on him. She wants to use a secret from her past to wrap up the case. And maybe avoid having to think about what’s happening between them. They can’t both win. Or can they?
Margo Keyes is a thirty something deputy district attorney currently living in Portland, Oregon. She grew up in Philadelphia however she left the area as soon as she could, even changing the college she had planned to attend just to get out of the area and move to the Pacific coast. Her mother still lives there and she goes back a few times a year to visit.
This current trip is an extra one, a last minute trip for her boss as his stand-in at a conference. And since she is in town, her mother signed her up for her high school reunion, something she has not gone to in the fifteen years since she graduated.
During her travels she has several run-ins with a very rude man, once while he was talking very loudly in the coffee shop and they gave each other dirty looks, once while flying as he sat behind and was rude while getting his stuff from the overhead compartment and then while at the luggage carousels where she accidentally hit him with her suitcase. She last saw him getting in a taxi; she nicknamed him ABB, Asshole in the Blue Blazer.
When she was growing up, her next door neighbor’s were the Alessandro family, she was best friends with Teresa and Mary Ellen and Tony was their brother. Margo and Tony have always been great friends and even dated platonically a few times, that is until last year when Mary Ellen got married and they shared several dances and a quiet room where things might have gotten dangerous if Tony’s nephew had not interrupted them. They have not spoken since and she is not sure what to expect when she sees him walking out of his mother’s house. However things are just like normal when they start talking about the reunion coming up. He mentions he is nervous about going alone since his ex-fiancé will be there with her husband so Margo suggests they go together as she is also nervous. When Margo was a senior her father was arrested on federal racketeering charges along with others from the Philly mob, he was convicted and sent to Federal prison and her mother has not mentioned his name since. It was quite the scandal at the time and the main reason she left the area.
The reunion goes well and even though they had to leave early because of a call Tony receives, he asks if he can see her again while she is in town. She mentions she is presenting at a conference and to their amazement they discover they are co-presenters as he is a detective with the police force and their presentation is about the working relationship between the police and the district attorney’s office.
The call he received had to do with a dead body that is connected to a task force he is working on, it also happens to be the same man Margo called ABB. She gives the police what information she has and then forgets about it. As they spend more time together, working on the presentation and hanging out they realize that there is something special between them and that maybe it has been there all along. Tony’s sister thinks it has and she reminds Margo to just relax and take the relationship easy as she tends to get scared when things get serious.
After the long week together, she heads home but realizes her messenger bag was switched with another in the overhead compartment while flying home and to make matters worse, the police find it under a dead body. Things are getting too coincidental for all and the fact that Tony arrives in Portland a few days later really makes things strange.
As Tony works on the task force and Margo gets dangerous messages both at her home and through her email, things start to get risky for all those involved. Margo does the exact thing that Teresa tells her not to and at a critical point, pushes Tony away and lands in harm’s way when it all comes to a head.
This was a very enjoyable romantic suspense with a lot of action, danger and romance. The sparks fly between Tony and Margo and you can tell they really care about each other. I was especially thrilled that during most of the story they got along very well with no drama between them until the end when Margo gets scared, however it was at the right time for the suspense and it worked well. This is the third in a series however you can pick this book up easily without feeling lost. Other characters from previous books make appearances but it all works smoothly.
I give Together Again by Peggy Bird 4 stars!