Being the son of a cop, Rick Gray has grown up with a deep understanding that it is a job that requires heart and soul commitment.
This story takes on an unusual twist, in that the hero and heroine have actually met before. When they met before, Rick, found himself falling in love with Ginny Byson. Being on an undercover assignment, he did not explain who he really was - a mistake that comes back to haunt him, when this time he and Ginny meet again. Past suspicions arise when she hears that his name is now "Duke".
Rick has to fight a constant battle within himself. He cannot bring himself to tell Ginny the truth; as doing so may disrupt his latest mission. Then there is the constant question as to whether or not Ginny will be able to handle the truth, that her beloved Uncle is not what he appears to be - and Rick is the man to prove this.
This is my first book that I have read in the Love Inspired Suspense Series and my first book written by Sandra Orchard. I received a complimentary copy of this book earlier this year. I too kept on wanting to read a bit more. Maybe if just to see how the story would unravel, and how Ginny would react when she finds out that the man she is falling helplessly in love with, in a cop. I also found myself wondering just how far can the story go before the truth becomes known.
Rick Gray, aka Duke Black, is an undercover cop trying to bring down the man responsible for his partner's fiery death. Little does he know that he will run into his old girlfriend in the process.
Ginny Bryson is the niece of Emile Laud, the man Duke is trying to catch and bring to justice, and Rick's old girlfriend that he left fifteen months ago because he thought he needed to protect her. Little did he know the pain he caused when he walked out of her life so abruptly.
In Deep Cover, by Sandra Orchard, we are thrust into the dangers and mysteries of the undercover world of a cop and tossed into the middle of the love/hate relationship between Rick and Ginny. Despite all of Rick's efforts to protect Ginny, she becomes caught up in the schemes of her uncle and is under suspicion of the police department.
Sandra's story definitely intrigues you throughout the numerous plots, twists and dangers in the investigation. About the time you think you have the perpetrator identified, she tosses in another twist that throws you off-kilter. From the first page to the last, the action and suspense is palpable. Since I love the world of undercover cops, I was thoroughly engrossed in the details and circumstances.
Adding the romantic tension between Ginny and Rick was a fabulous way to not only expand the depth of the story, it brought out the true feelings and apprehensions of a touch-and-go romance. Does Rick's involvement with Ginny blind him from seeing the necessary evidence in proper perspective? Sandra handles this aspect with the sensitivity of undercover operatives.
I enjoyed the characters of Ginny and Rick. Their relationship was so sensitive and yet abruptly harsh. Their faith is put to the test. Lori, Ginny's sister, will capture your heart.
For a good romance-inspired suspense, be sure to pick up Sandra's book!
This book was provided by the author, Sandra Orchard, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
Very well written. The characters were well developed and the story line kept me guessing right up till the end! The romance between the two main characters left you wondering if they were ever going to learn to trust each other. A keeper!
Rick Gray gave up the love of his life 15 months ago when he didn't dare correct Ginny Bryson's misconception that he was a gang member instead of an undercover cop on assignment. He walked away, hurting, because the last thing he wanted to do was draw the gang's attention to a vulnerable, unsuspecting woman: vulnerable because of her connection to him.
Now posing as a construction foreman to gain evidence of the boss's previous insurance frauds, Rick finds that Ginny, the boss's niece, has been hired as the PR person on the current project, a group home for people with special needs. One of the new home's residents will be Ginny's younger sister.
Rick doesn't dare tip Ginny off as to the type of man he suspects her uncle is. In Rick's desire-drive-to protect her, he once again has to pretend to be someone he isn't. When Ginny unwittingly talks about how she could never marry a cop, he believes that the real Rick would never have a chance with her anyway.
But Ginny and her sister are in more danger than Rick at first suspected, and all the lies-or truths-in the world may not be enough to save them when trouble comes calling.
Deep Cover is the debut novel of Sandra Orchard, first in a series of undercover cop stories for Love Inspired Suspense, set in the Niagara, Ontario, Canada, area. Orchard did a great job with a believable story line and intertwining theme threads in the exploration of the morals of deception.
Deep Cover, Sandra Orchard's debut novel, opens with the crack of a wooden beam and the hero, Rick Gray, dropping ten feet to the floor. The story continues with the fast pace of a bullet, only slowing down for some really sweet and tender romance. I highly recommend this debut novel. This contemporary suspense has danger and romance, and a very believable plot twist that will keep you turning the pages.
Rick Gray can't tell Ginny Bryson that he's really an undercover cop and is acting as her uncle's foreman only to reveal some nasty things about her family. Ginny wants to believe that Rick is an honest man, that he really cares about the group home they are building for the mentally challenged like her little sister, Lori. But Rick's secrets keep coming between them, and she's not sure who to trust, especially when she knows her family is far from perfect.
The author's characters are beautifully written, so real. Good characters you will love, and villains you will hate.