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Seductive Reasoning by Melissa Schroeder
Series: Task Force Hawaii #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Emma Taylor has a brain that makes her very unique, both in how she can see things others can’t right away and with her photographic memory. Emma lives life exactly how she wants, even if she is out of step from most of the people around her. Emma has lived on her own since she was a young girl after an ill-fated vacation that left her alone. Emma has lived in several places, but now she has found a place for herself in Hawaii, and she has even agreed to help a new specialty task force when needed.
Martin “Del” Delano is an ex-Army Ranger who now is the boss of the newly formed task force in Hawaii. Most of Del’s team members are either ex-special forces or the very best in what they do. While the team is pretty new and finding their way both internally and externally, they are professionals who take on things that the Hawaii police department can’t and when it’s either too early to bring in the FBI or for politics they aren’t wanted. Del especially is still getting to know all the personalities of his team members and how they come together.
A new and very public case has fallen into the team’s hands—one that has everyone in Hawaii’s attention. This one not only has the public up in arms, but also has the police, the Mayor, and the Governor demanding answers, and yesterday at that. Del and his team already know this killer isn’t a normal one and that they will need to pull every string they have to catch him before he can leave the islands. That means pulling in Emma, a woman that Del was immediately attracted to. Emma agrees to work with the team and Del, even as the attraction between Emma and Del makes it hard for them to keep their minds totally on the case. Passion explodes as they work closely while putting together clues to track down the killer. The killer is always one step ahead of the team as the case gets hotter and is almost too hot to handle. However, the killer didn’t factor in some things—the determination of the task force and Emma’s spectacular mind. Time is of the essence as the team closes-in on the killer. Will they be in time to save another victim, and have they found all the clues to stop the killer?
It’s murder that will bring a task force leader and a top researcher together with passion and suspense as the background in Seductive Reasoning. Most people would never have put Del and Emma together as a couple if just looking at their backgrounds on paper. Yet, I saw immediately that the passion between them was just waiting to explode and did it ever just as the suspense and danger cranked up to another level. I really enjoyed watching the behind-the-scene interactions of the entire team and loved watching as Emma and Del figured out just how their relationship could work. I also enjoyed the really interesting mix of characters and their back stories in this new world Ms. Schroeder has given us. When I read a suspense, I always try to follow the clues and see if I can figure out who is behind it all before it’s announced. This time I’m happy to say that Ms. Schroeder had me in circles until the team announced who it was, and the final twist was excellent. While Emma and Del’s romance might not have been traditional (who needs traditional?), it was exactly right for them. Seductive Reasoning is chock full of suspense and passion with just the right touches of humor from the team and with everyday life experiences to keep you turning the pages. I can’t wait to see the next Task Force Hawaii book and what challenges will be faced.