Blog Tour and Giveaway: Crossing The Line: Sherri Hayes

5c8ba-crossing_the_line_hi-res_coverCrossing The Line (Daniels Brothers #3)
Sherri Hayes
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Release Date: September 4 , 2014
Genre: Romance/Contemporary and Crime 
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-268-6

Detective Paul Daniels has spent four and a half years mourning the loss of his wife. He’s been doing his best to raise their daughter, Chloe, with the help of his in-laws. When they inform him right before Thanksgiving that they’re going to be moving over two hours away, Paul finds himself without anyone to watch Chloe—especially when he’s called out to a crime scene in the middle of the night. Little does he know that meeting his baby brother’s girlfriend and her sister, Megan, will change everything.

Megan Carson has taken a few wrong turns in her life, but she’s doing her best to get back on track. When she meets Chloe, the little girl swiftly worms her way into Megan’s heart. The opportunity to help Paul out and watch his daughter appears to be a blessing in disguise. She quickly volunteers to be Chloe’s live-in nanny.

Everything is working well until the three of them head back to Ohio for Chris and Elizabeth’s wedding. Paul has a little too much to drink during the reception, and he and Megan end up sharing a heated kiss. When he wakes up the next day, he has a pounding headache but remembers nothing.

Megan, however, isn’t willing to forget. Over the past few months since she’s been playing nanny, her feelings for Paul have changed. He is everything she never knew she wanted, and now that she knows there might be something there, she’s going after what she wants—Paul.

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Paul Daniels is a widower and father to precocious five year old Chloe. He met Megan when his brother Gage fell for her sister Rebecca (Red Zone). When Paul lost his childcare, Megan stepped in, moved to Indianapolis and became the nanny. It worked out perfectly for all of them. Megan got a fresh start, Paul had someone to count on to help with Chloe, and Chloe got to spend time with a woman she adores.

The night of his brother Chris and Elizabeth's wedding (Behind Closed Doors), scotch and memories get to him. And Megan is there to help. But something unexpected makes Megan realize just how much she has come to care for Paul. But the next day he does not really remember, and she refuses to forget it. 

So begins a game of cat and mouse. Megan knows he wants her. He doesn't want to want her and thinks he is unworthy of her. But she is persistent. She is there for him and his daughter and gradually continues to get under his skin. But it is a precarious situation with his history, his daughter, their shared family connections and that she is employed by him.

I loved Megan. She had a wild past, but has really settled down and knows what she wants and is not afraid to go after it. She is sweet, strong, and caring. She is understanding of his situation and issues. And she is a good support to Paul and Chloe. 

Paul is damaged by loss and guilt. He has significant fears of intimacy. He is a good guy who always wants to do the right thing. He struggles a lot. First she is younger than him. He does not think he deserves a second chance at happiness, and the thought of another loss terrifies him. He is confused and conflicted about what he wants, what he deserves, and what he should do. He is tempted and she makes him feel more than he has in years, but tries to hold himself back. 

Will he give them a real chance? And if he does will they be able to navigate all of the challenges and outside influences affecting them and threatening their chance for happiness?

Underlying the relationship story, is Paul's job as a homicide detective where he is tracking a serial killer that preys on young women. This adds stress, danger, and suspense to the story.

It's a story of loss, love, and hope with a dose of suspense and danger. It was told in both points of view letting us see their insecurities and secret feelings. The characters had depth and were likable. Their relationship was a slow build, but also realistic in pacing. The plot line had some mystery and twists...some I figured out, but they still provided tension, mystery, intrigue, and danger. There were emotional situations that had to be dealt with as well.

Each book in the series can be read as a stand-alone, but I liked spending more time with the other Daniels brothers Chris, Gage and Trent, Rebecca (Megan's sister and Gage's wife), and Elizabeth(Chris' wife). The Daniels are a tight knit family who took in Rebecca and Megan both when they really had no other family of their own. We got to see progression with the other couples from the previous books. So that only leaves brother Trent as the last standing single Daniels brother.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

"I really loved the build up in this story and couldn't read fast enough to find out what happens next. Will Paul let go of his guilt from the past and give a relationship with Megan a chance? Or is Paul bad for Megan and lose her because of another mistake he makes? Read this book if you want a good romance, with a side of suspense, enjoyable characters and some smokin HOT scenes." ~Diane Williams, Goodreads

To read the full review, click here.
Behind Closed Doors (Book 1)
Chris and Elizabeth

Red Zone(Book 2)
Gage and Rebecca

Catch them both  on Sale 9/4/14 to 9/10/14

Sherri Hayes
Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn't good at spelling, or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author. At the age of thirty, all of that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was taking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternate ending, and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more. Seven years later, Sherri is the author of seven full-length novels, and one short story. Writing has become a creative outlet for Sherri that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. She is most well known for her Finding Anna Series about a young woman rescued from being a sex slave by a wealthy Dominant. Sherri’s eighth novel, Crossing The Line, is scheduled to release September 4, 2014.

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