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.
When I first started reading, my initial reaction wasn’t a positive one as Paul Daniels (the main male character) is the name of a famous TV magician here in the UK and I kept hearing his voice, but I was soon able to put that behind me as I was pulled into the story.
The situation between Megan and Paul felt very real to me as a reader in that they were pushed together by circumstances beyond their control and both are starting to feel something, but Paul feels he should fight it due to his late wife’s memory. Megan has other ideas.
I have to admit, I felt a little sorry for Paul as Megan was determined to get him to realise the truth about his feelings, and really forced him to look inside himself. it took her leaving for him to reassess his life.
Linked into this sweet, and often funny, romance, Paul is dealing with a serial killer case at work. Hayes blends the two storylines together eith class and ease, although I have to admit, I picked up on the upcoming twist when I was about 3/4 through the book. This didn’t ruin anything for me as I still sat, hand to mouth, hoping and praying.
Crossing the Line is a book filled with great, believable characters, and pulls you in almost instantly. I’ve read the second in this series, The Red Zine, which I loved and will certainly read the first (yes, I know it’s out of order, but these things happen).
It’s clear that Hayes loves these characters and knows them extremely well. Each and every one is a joy to read and have their own little quirks, particularly young Chloe. Well worth buy and spending an afternoon reading in full.