|Another chapter in the Cavanaugh family centers around one of the “newer” members of the family. The story is based on brothers who all lived in the Aurora, California area and have a lot of family feelings. Many are involved in law enforcement. Recently in the series, the family discovered a brother who was switched at the hospital at birth. Sean Cavelli raised four children and is proud of every one of them. Little did he know that he was actually a Cavanaugh. Now, as he and his newly discovered brothers try to figure things out, his children are brought in to also reconfigure their lives and everything they thought they believed.
Sean’s oldest daughter is Detective Bridget Cavelli/Cavanaugh. She is good at her job and is confused by all the mess. She loves her uncles who are named Cavelli and worries that embracing the Cavanaugh side will hurt them. And it doesn’t help that half the police force, including the head of detectives, are also named Cavanaugh and are ready and willing to embrace her into the family. But she has bigger issues just now. A serial killer who is known as only killing in the month of February is back and seems to be bent on doubling the number of his victims. The victims are all red-headed women and he cuts their hearts out every time.
Bridget also has to deal with some odd feelings about her long time partner Josh Youngblood. The two have been partnered and worked well together. Josh’s string of beautiful women who he never commits to is a standing joke, but lately has Bridget wondering what it would be like to love Josh like one of those women. And Josh is slowly realizing that he can’t find a woman like Bridget, so he just keeps looking. But both start to wonder if they can have more with each other than a business partnership.
This book is a nicely done blend of romance, suspense and the hunt for the killer. I loved the banter between Bridget and Josh as they felt their way into a different type of relationship. Having read just a few Cavanaugh Justice stories previously, I felt I had enough background to buy into the personal life side of Bridget’s story while not letting it distract from the real story of the killer and the romance. Marie Ferrarella has long been a favorite of mine and she did not disappoint in Cavanaugh’s Bodyguard.