In the middle of the night, Maggie Bennett finds her army officer sister dead in her military housing. She's devastated by the loss of the estranged sibling with whom she was trying to reconnect. But as U.S. Army criminal investigations agent Nate Patterson begins asking questions about the officer's suspicious death, Maggie can't tell the handsome man everything she knows. Except that her sister was definitely murdered-for a secret Maggie can't share. Then she walks into the killer's trap and has to trust Nate with the truth.and her heart.
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Taut, suspenseful writing makes The Officer's Secret a page-turner. I felt like I had slipped into an NCIS episode -- Giusti has done her research or has inside information because she has the investigative and military angles covered. At the same time, though, the romance doesn't take second place. She's managed to find a great balance and the combination propels the plot into an exciting read. And she totally stumped me!!!!! I was gullible enough to follow the red herrings she generously threw my way and she completely flummoxed me at the end!!!! I love it when a suspense surprises.
Nate is the kind of take-charge hero a girl can drool over. His need to protect and his reluctant attraction combined with high ethical standards are a lethal combination but it's his skewed guilt over an incident in his past that makes him vulnerable and stole my heart.
Maggie has her own problems that she is determined to keep buried in the past. Her reluctance to give Nate her complete trust places her in the path of danger and definitely hikes up the suspense a couple of notches.
Nate and Maggie's developing romance heats up the plot -- soft, tender scenes juxtaposed between tense suspenseful ones that culminate in an explosion of action and romance. A thrilling read!