Courage ~ A Review

I love a serious police procedural. Add in an enchanting romance with beautiful characters, and you have the perfect novel. That is exactly what I found in Courage by Jesse J. Thoma.

Natasha Parsons is a mental health worker who is hired to ride along with a police officer to help with mental health and drug use calls. She is partnered with Tommy Finch. Tommy comes from a family that has policing in their DNA. She knows her job, and she doesn’t want any unarmed social worker riding along, endangering them both, and telling her how to do her job. This obviously sets up not only a workplace-romance scenario, but also an enemies-to-lovers relationship. Add in work, family, and community politics as well as the drama of police work in general, and you have an amazing story that I couldn’t put down.

I really liked the premise of this book and the author’s style of writing. The pace is perfect. The characters are realistic and easy to connect with. I was hooked on page one, and was sad to leave this tale when I reached the end.

I was a bit surprised to realize it, but this is my first Jesse J. Thoma novel. Obviously I have some catching up to do, because if her former books are as good as this one, I don’t want to miss any of them.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.

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