Title: Unexpected Connection
Author: Sue Jaskula
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Confident and resilient homicide detective Jennifer Scott is instinctively suspicious when her best friend's life is disrupted by the arrival of an unbeknownst twin sister. When a murder coincides with her appearance, the mysterious twin becomes the prime suspect.
Adding confusion to Jen's organized life is another unexpected intrusion, her handsome and sophisticated new partner, Detective Luke O'Connor. As mischievous as he is charming, chemistry between the two intensifies, threatening Jen's reputation and testing her limitations.
As the murder investigation unfolds, the detectives are forced to back-burner their heated connection while they race against time to figure out what other long-lost family members may be involved, how they're connected to the twins and why they've surfaced now.
A twin sister’s arrival, a dead body in the neighborhood, long-lost relatives, all lead Detective Jennifer Scott on an investigation where love and family loyalties take on a whole new meaning. Jen loves her job and is gutted when her partner leaves to take a position in another district. The last thing she wants is to train a new partner but all that changes when she kisses her new partner in a pub’s washroom. She didn’t know the handsome Luke was her new partner at the time, but it causes her hackles to rise. She’s worked hard to get where she is today and doesn’t know what to do with these burgeoning feelings. She shoves them down the best she can and gets distracted by a murder investigation in her own backyard. Her best friend pleads for her help when a twin shows up and mysterious things start to happen. When a man winds up dead bearing the same last name as the twin, Jen aims her inquiry at the twin. The more Jen and Luke dig into the investigation, the more questions pop up. Can they root out what’s going on before there’s another murder? Jen knows one thing… these unexpected connections are throwing her off her game.
Unexpected Connection is a riveting romantic suspense I couldn’t put down. From the very first page until I reached the end, this book dug its claws into me. I read it in two sittings, mulled over the plot and characters when I wasn’t reading, and even dreamed about it. I connected with Jen right away. She’s a smart woman, funny in a self-effacing kind of way, and is a cop through and through. She doesn’t take any guff and can read people like books. Her attraction to her new partner, Luke, is her weakness, which only increased my liking of her. The setting was a character onto itself for two reasons: descriptive narration and familiarity. Sue Jaskula’s ability to make the setting come alive is impressive. I got sucked into Unexpected Connection and didn’t want to leave the world Sue Jaskula created. The plot moves at a great pace with plenty of suspense to keep the reader invested. The romance between Jen and Luke is palpable and I kept rooting for them to get together. The dialogue is whip-smart with humorous moments at times. The character development for all the main players was so well-executed, it reminded me of J.D. Robb. Yes, it was that good. I’d love to have this be a series but that is up to the author. If you’re a fan of romantic suspense, pick up Unexpected Connection. If you’re looking to read a great Canadian story, you’ll love Unexpected Connection. I can’t wait to read more from this author. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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My career has spanned many years in a mix of criminal and civil law and hospital surgical administrative work. Along with my work and life experience, I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Creative Writing Certificate both from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to take early retirement and pursue a career in writing, a pursuit I have entered into with energy and enthusiasm. I am currently a registered member of Toronto Romance Writers and Crime Writers of Canada.
My husband and I share our home in Grimsby, Ontario, with our youngest daughter, her boyfriend, our dog and two cats. But I spend a great deal of time at our cottage in Kincardine, Ontario near my daughter, son-in-law and first grandson. On these shores of Lake Huron, with some of the best walking trails in the country, my imagination soars and my best stories come to life.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N