Trained to Kill
Melanie Atkins
Romantic suspense
Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 978-1-61252-317-0
May 2013

Cadence Holly is an expert marksman, and the only female on the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team in Keller County. She knows she’’s an excellent shot, but the men of the team aren’’t necessarily ready to accept a woman to their unit, especially Brody Remington. Brody has gone out of his way to be awful to Cadence but regrets it after she proves she belongs on the team by making a shot while on a call. He unknowingly puts her in danger as he tries to make amends for his past behavior and has to rush to save her in time.

Being a woman in a male-dominated profession, Cadence has had to be tough. Her tenacity in proving to Brody and the others that she belongs on the team with them highlights how mentally tough she is. Instead of letting his comments get her down, she uses them to push herself to be better. However, it is her sensitivity to the repercussions of her actions that makes her such a relatable character, and a person Brody can’’t help but admire. Candace has good reason to be way about Brody’s abrupt change of heart, but he proves himself to be extremely reliable for her. He is always there when she needs him, even when she doesn’’t know she needs him.

This is the sixth book in the Keller County Cops series but it can be read on its own. There are cameos from the lead characters in the previous books in the series and they make the story richer and tie it into the series. Melanie Atkins has written an enjoyable story with two characters who are easy to like and cheer for. The pacing of this story is nice, though the relationship seems a little rushed at first. All in all, this is a good story with an enjoyable ending.

Overall rating: 3hearts
Sensuality rating: Sweet
Reviewer: Karin