Trouble Walks In by Sara Humphreys is the second book in the The McGuire Brothers series. I did not read the first book, Brave the Heat, but feel like each book can stand well on its own.
Big city K-9 cop Ronan McGuire loves women, loves his dog, loves his job, but when long time crush Maddy Morgan moves into his jurisdiction, he can’t think about anyone else. Ronan knows she’s way out of his league, but he’s determined to help Maddy live life to the fullest. Maddy has immersed herself in work and swiftly made a name for herself in the hot New York City real estate market. She’s looking for safety, not love, but Ronan McGuire is as persistent as he is sexy, and his crooked smile is hard to resist. But all other concerns are wiped away when Maddy goes missing and Ronan and his bloodhound K-9 partner are tasked with finding her and bringing her home.
Trouble Walks In is more that the blurb leads readers to think, and less. The publisher’s blurb gives away the highest tension moment of the book. The romance between Ronan and Maddy is a nice slow burn, where they are both very attracted by Maddy is not emotionally ready to move on. Ronan is a gentleman and does not push too hard, letting Maddy know he is there for her and interested without crossing lines. They are both characters with strong ethics and personalities, with the flaws and doubts that keep characters interesting. The build up of danger surrounding Maddy has a good pacing, and plenty of suspects to keep the reader guessing. A few clues had me thinking that the culprit was up to something, but the final conclusion was mostly a surprise to me. I thought parts of the story fell a little flat, but it was a moment here or there are rarely something I could put my finger on what exactly did not work for me. However, as a whole I enjoyed the read and found myself involved in the story and entertained.