After a gunshot wound to the shoulder, Detective Angela Hill can’t return to active duty until she goes through a handful of therapy sessions. Angela’s lack of interest in therapy isn’t helped by her disdain for the guy she’ll have to meet with, thanks in no small part to his bad reputation. When she arrives, that guy isn’t there, and instead she’s greeted by a shadow from her past.
20 years prior, Angela fell for Jackie Smith, only to have her heart shattered after one night together. Jackie is the last person Angela wants to see in the therapist’s office (or anywhere). The spark between them is still there, but can they put the hurt of the past aside to make way for a future together?
The story is told in the first person, shifting between Angela and Jackie’s perspectives. Given that it’s a novella, this worked really well for ensuring we understand both women’s perspectives as they’re confronted with their past. Angela and Jackie are developed well, and I especially appreciated that as women in their 50s, they had different concerns than the much younger women we usually see in lesbian romance.
The Writing Style
This is a super fast, yet satisfying read. It has enough angst to keep things interesting while delivering a story that’s both sweet and sizzling.
Everything worked for me!
I don’t have any!
If you’re looking for a solid romance that you can read in an hour, I recommend this one. It could be a good place to start if you’ve never read anything by Harper Bliss and it’s sure to please fans too.
Excerpt from No Greater Love than Mine by Harper Bliss
I’ve had time to prepare for this. Still, seeing her knocks me for six. It’s been twenty years, yet I could pick Detective Angela Hill out of a crowd of millions. She has aged, of course. Twenty years in this job will do that to you, yet her essence has remained the same. Those pale blue eyes—the undeniable sparkle in them. She’s not in uniform anymore, but she still tucks her blouse tightly into the waistband of her trousers, revealing a fine figure.
“You’re not Roger Bradley,” Angela says, after I’ve closed the door behind her.
“Very perceptive.” I point at two club chairs facing each other near the window. “Please, sit down.”
“I’m not sure I should stay,” Angela says. “It must be against some protocol.” She fidgets with the wristband of her watch.
With any other client, I’d put a reassuring hand on their shoulder, but I can’t do that with Angela.
I sit down, hoping she’ll follow my lead. “I assure you, it’s perfectly fine.”
“Where’s Roger?” She sits down and slings one leg over the other, her arms crossed over her chest.
“Mr. Bradley has been suspended. I’m covering for him until a suitable, more permanent replacement is found.” I find myself distracted by a freckle next to Angela’s nose. Has that always been there?
“Okay.” Angela eyes me through narrowed lids. “So, am I to assume that you’d rather be somewhere else instead?”
I give her a hint of smile. “Whatever gave you that idea?”
“You’ve read my file. You know what happened. It’s LAPD procedure for every officer who’s the victim of a shooting to see a shrink. But I’m fine. We can just skip this whole thing.”
I relax my hands on the armrests of the chair, hoping to inspire some calm in my reluctant client. “Is that what you were going to say to Roger?”
Angela presses her lips together and nods. “I probably would have gone about it differently, but I figure you owe me, so I might as well be direct.”
Ouch. The knives are out already.
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