High Noon by Nora Roberts
Here's the blurb:
Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age when an unstable man broke into her family's home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she's Savannah's top hostage negotiator, defusing powderkeg situations with a talent for knowing when to give in-andwhen to jump in and take action. It's satisfying work-and sometimes those skills come in handy at home dealing with her agoraphobic mother, still traumatized by the break-in after all these years, and her precocious seven-year-old, Carly.
It's exactly that heady combination of steely courage and sensitivity that first attracts Duncan Swift to Phoebe. After observing her coax one of his employees down from a roof ledge, he is committed to keeping this intriguing, take-charge woman in his life. She's used to working solo, but Phoebe's discovering that no amount of negotiation can keep Duncan at arm's length.
And when she's grabbed by a man who throws a hood over her head and brutally assaults her-in her own precinct house-Phoebe can't help but be deeply shaken. Then threatening messages show up on her doorstep, and she's not just alarmed but frustrated. How do you go face-to-face with an opponent who refuses to look you in the eye?
Now, with Duncan backing her up every step of the way, she must establish contact with the faceless tormentor who is determined to make her a hostage to fear . . . before she becomes the final showdown.
What can I say about this book? Hmm, well, it was one of those books that I started early in the afternoon and I couldn't put it down until I was done. Thank goodness the kids were busy doing other things, you know, computer and X-Box are great past times. Anyway back to the book, it was the usual Roberts' Romantic Suspense. Great characters: Phoebe McNamara a strong , independent woman who loves her job, who takes care of her mother with special care and who also happens to be a single mother; Duncan Swift, a down to earth entrepreneur with a heart of gold. It was fast paced, and great dialog (ok, people, for me the dialog has to good, otherwise I loose interest), and the chemistry between the Phoebe and Duncan was sizzling.
The copy that I read I got from my local library, but I definitely will be buying a copy for my keeper shelf.