FBI Special Agent Kally Volker was raised to be orderly, organized and professional at all times and her parents have had her life planned out since she was a little girl. Although she loves her job, her FBI parents planned her career path. Kallyís latest case takes her to Boise and thanks to a friend and co-worker, straight into the arms of local detective Gabe Blackhawk.
Gabe is a detective for the Boise PD and head of the SWAT Team. At 29, Gabe wonders if he can continue to handle the daily stresses that come with his job and life in general. He is a Blackfoot Indian and even though he no longer lives on the reservation, he must still cope with many problems facing Native Americans. Gabe is strong in mind and body, but he knows if his stress level keeps going up, his strength will weaken. When his friend Jo Clarin calls and asks him to help a fellow officer headed to Boise, he gladly volunteers, but knows that heís only adding to his already stressful load. As soon as he lays eyes on Special Agent Kally Volker, heís glad he volunteered.
Kally takes Gabeís breath away, and he makes her loose her textbook composure. They are both extremely good looking people, but that is only part of the immediate attraction. They know it is wrong to become involved while working on a case together, but it doesnít take long before their attraction is too strong to ignore.
The main characters and the intensity of their feelings reached out and gave me a first-class gut punch. The love scenes were some of the most touching Iíve ever read and for me they were more sensual than sexual. Jo Clarin from STOLEN COURAGE is a major player in hooking up the protagonists. She knows Gabe and Kally are right for each other and sets things in motion. It was a treat to catch up with Jo and Troy and see how their romance is going.
I think GABEíS PRIZE showcases the talent Ms. Monet possesses and if she continues writing stories of this caliber, she will be a best seller in no time. The story contains all the elements needed for a truly good romantic suspense. In my opinion, the suspense did take a backseat to the romance, but only because the romance was so powerful. About two-thirds of the way through the book, the author twists the story and brings the book to a tender and emotional close. Even though GABEíS PRIZE is considered erotic, itís not so graphic that it would turn off most readers. I think this book is a true prize and I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by Jennifer Ray
for The Road to Romance
March 24, 2005