Author: Lisa Gardner (Writing as Alicia Scott)
First published in 1997 by Silhouette
A man with his own share of family issues, ex-marine C. J. MacNamara knows that protecting Tamara is the right thing to do. Keeping her safe is no easy task, but getting her to trust him is an entirely different challenge. As Tamara attempts to right a wrong ten years in the making, C.J. puts his own life on the line to protect the woman who is more worthy of love than anyone he’s ever known.
I have to say that I really liked Macnamara's Woman much more than the first one in the series, Maggie's Man. The major reason was that neither main character annoyed me. Tamara is in Sedona to try to find the truth about the accident that killed her family and her boyfriend and left her with years of surgeries and physical therapy. The problem is that she is convinced the hit and run car was driven by a Senator. She just needs proof.
I felt for Tamara. She had no one to help her recover. She has had to rely on herself for many years. She has also never dealt with the pain of her loss or with the PTSD from being a survivor. C.J. was just the man she needed. I loved him and how he was so smitten from the beginning. I was really hoping Tamara would be able to open herself up to love.
The mystery was really good as well. The truth of what happened that night was heartbreaking. I was also surprised because I was going in a completely different direction.There are also some hints as to what Max, C.J.'s father was into before he died. I can't wait to read the final book. Brandon's Bride.