Stacey is Sassy received a complimentary copy of this story. The copy provided was not the final version and may be subject to edits and changes
Published by Self-Published on August 23, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
25th August 2017 ** This was initially a 29,000 word novella for a Box Set (of which all proceeds went to charity). The updated version will be expanded with new scenes.
After a messy breakup with a lying ex, English teacher Mercy Jones swore off men, especially the edgy ones. Safe, stable and comfy. Those are her catch words for a perfect partner. So why does the new substitute history teacher have to be dangerous, raw, and challenging—on every level? His uncompromising masculinity and questioning mind captivate Mercy, tempting her to risk her heart.
Detective Aidan Shaw is a cynical bastard, trusting nobody outside his family and fellow cops. But when working undercover to eradicate a high school drug network, Aidan meets an intelligent, feisty blonde with knock-out curves. Mercy’s warmth and generous spirit awaken a part of him buried deep for too long.
But how can Aidan remain undercover and not betray the woman he’s come to cherish? As he closes in on the criminals manipulating innocents for profit, the stakes grow ever higher—with deadly consequences.
In His Custody
(The Shaw Brothers #1)
By Fiona Archer
Hmmm…it’s still a lie
Don’t get me wrong, I really do love a good undercover cop romance…BUT…I hate knowing that the lie will have to eventually come out. There’s this little part of me squinting when the emotions escalate and feelings are involved. I know someone is going to get hurt. I can’t help but think, how can you keep lying to someone you like? AND How can you forgive someone who can so easily lie to you?
Let’s be real, most of the undercover cops in romance are the hero. Which means, that it’s normally the heroine who feels betrayed and hurt. It’s a bit emotional, there’s going to be tears and there will have to be forgiveness, which may or may not happen pretty quickly. See, if the situation was reversed, all we’d get out of a hero betrayed is a clenched jaw and maybe a chair was thrown.
Am I right or am I right? In essence, we need the formula to stay the same because, while women can be very emotional, we can also forgive a lot more easily. I think men tend to hold a grudge and move on.
Sassy, the Queen of making HUGE generalisations.
So, In His Custody does follow along in the usual pattern of undercover cop romance. Not a bad thing to be honest. It’s still pretty cool to see a “teacher” be all badass and bossy, with a smoking hot body and all the right moves. In this case, our copper/teacher is a wee bit kinky. Turns out, he likes to use his handcuffs off duty as well.
In His Custody was a short story that packed a punch. We have a mystery to solve that involves high school students and drugs. Plenty of twists and turns to lead me on a Merry chase.
If you’re looking for a short story with a pretty good mystery and a fair dose of sexy times, then I would definitely suggest giving it a go. Bonus, you get to catch up with some of the gang from Fiona Archer’s series, Son’s of Sydney.