Collision Force by C.A. Szarek

Book 1 in the Crossing Forces series

Badboy FBI agent Cole Lucas always gets his man. So when the unthinkable happens and one gets away, Cole grits his teeth and hunts the human trafficker all the way to Antioch, Texas, where he collides with Detective Andi MacLaren.

Cole doesn’t do small towns and he doesn’t get involved with women he works with, but Andi tempts him in ways he doesn’t want to acknowledge.

Two murders, her partner shot and leading the investigation on her own, the last thing Andi needs is a cocky FBI agent that sees her as no more than a tagalong.
As a widow and single mother, she’s used to being on her own. When Cole gets stuck without a place to stay, crashing on her couch puts them in dangerous territory.

Attraction and passion bring Andi to a place she left behind when her husband died.
Her three-year-old son quickly wiggles his way into Cole’s heart, and he starts contemplating things—family, love—that he’d never planned for himself.

Can being forced to work together make them stronger or will their differences jeopardize their case and their hearts?

After his suspect-at-large turns up in small town Texas and kills two cops, FBI Agent Cole Lucas might have met his match when he's forced to partner up with and collides the widowed Detective Andi MacLaren. The bad guy did something criminal, involving mafia trafficking young girls and the FBI agent was undercover with this suspect, but no one really cares. The focus of this story was two cops falling in love. I had to check if the author was male. The strong masculine feel conveyed here made for interesting and authentic banter at the police station. This same male influence used at home was limiting in that it lacked the development of the widow's thread, not fully diving into her painful hesitations. Halfway through the story became predictable. And yet, the romance and suspense were incorporated so well, I not only did not want to stop reading this, but I could not put it down. There might be a sequel. Heck, there might even be a movie. But don't worry, this could be a stand-alone novel. With colorful language fitting of police, equally charged sexual content, yet virtually no violence,this is best suited for romance readers. [Reviewed byMichele Biring-Pani] – Amazon