HOSTILE DESIRES by Melissa Schroeder

HOSTILE DESIRES by Melissa SchroederHostile Desires by Melissa Schroeder
Series: Task Force Hawaii #2
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Published by Self Published


Dr. Elle Middleton is an English rose transplanted in Hawaii.  You would think that she would feel out of place, however, Elle has never felt more at home than here in Hawaii and with her new friends.  Yet, Elle has learned that sometimes you can’t trust those you think are friends in the past when she was violently attacked while on the job in England.  Because of just how nasty that part of her past was, Elle took an instant attitude against one of the Task Force members—

a sexy Scot.


Graeme McGregor couldn’t believe when he got the job and became a part of the Task Force. After all, his background was in the military, not in police work.  But it was the perfect job to help Graeme adjust to life after the military and yet be able to use his skills to the best of his abilities.  Graeme is attracted to the medical examiner of the Task Force, and he doesn’t understand why she is so unfriendly to him, as she has been since they first met.  Not that it has dampened his attraction any.


When a murder that Elle is sent to investigate while covering for the HPD suddenly becomes connected to an old cold case, Elle and Graeme are forced into working together to see if they can track down the killer of a young girl—a killer that was never caught.  Elle and Graeme begin to collect everything they can about the old case and soon discover that something strange was going on during that investigation.  Slowly, they both begin to uncover more and more evidence of a botched case.  The question is, why?  Was it just because murder wasn’t common in Hawaii back then or was something else going on?  While gathering the clues in their cold case, Elle and Graeme discover that their attraction is mutual and just why Elle was so mean when they first met.  Now their passion is alive and vibrant, and their cold case has become an extremely hot case—one that when the final showdown happens, will either take down a cold-blooded killer, or it could affect the Task Force forever.


An English rose and a Scotsman have moved to paradise in Hawaii, yet their relationship is mired in a search for a cold-blooded killer in Hostile Desires.  I fell for Graeme right away with his compassion for both Elle and the young girl whose killer they were now searching for, not to mention his rescue dog.  Elle’s past was horrible and I could understand why she acted as she did to Graeme originally.  I loved watching as Elle and Graeme worked their way past all the hurdles between them and as they fell deeply in love.  At the same time, I enjoyed watching as they used everything they had to track down the killer of a young girl and bring him to justice.  When the killer was announced, I found that I had half-guessed correctly, but I’m not going to tell you which half, because that would just give too much away.  What I will say is Elle and Graeme’s romance and search for the truth is well worth the time to sit down and enjoy.  I can also say that I’m really loving this series so far.  If you haven’t read the first book in this series (Seductive Reasoning), I would encourage you to grab it first and then go on to Hostile Desires.  But if you just want to read about Elle and Graeme, their romance does stand alone, too.

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