Review: Major Crimes by Janie Crouch

major crimesTitle: Major Crimes

Author: Janie Crouch

Mills & Boon imprint: Intrigue

Year of Publication: Released today! The author kindly gave me an ARC to read for review.

The heroine: Hacker/computer genius Hayley Green

The hero: Omega Protection and Recovery Division agent Cain Bennett

The blurb: Hayley Green never wanted to see Omega special agent Cain Bennett again. Ever. He seduced her, then sent her to prison for hacking, and Hayley’s only just started piecing her life back together. Except now Cain needs Hayley’s help to catch a murderer. Their past is colliding with their still-smoldering attraction…and the only thing more dangerous than the killer is the secrets Hayley’s been keeping.

Standalone or series: Book four in the Omega Sector: Under Siege series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This is the latest in the fabulous Omega Sector series (which will soon end, wah!). Cain Bennett works for Omega in the Protection and Recovery Division. He’s asked by Steve Drackett, head of the Critical Response Division, to help find the mole who’s been aiding sociopath Damien Freihof in his quest to take down the entire division because he wrongly blames them for the death of his wife.

Cain needs someone who can hack the Omega system and flush out the mole. Fortunately for him, he knows an excellent hacker – Hayley Green, the woman he once loved. Unfortunately, Hayley’s been in prison for the last four years and he was the one who arrested her, so she’s not likely to feel inclined to have anything to do with Cain. Four years previously, Cain asked for Hayley’s help as a computer expert; law enforcement was trying to find a group of hackers who were selling fake college entrance test scores to rich kids. What Cain didn’t know until it was too late was that Hayley was one of the hackers. Her reason for doing it was heartbreaking, but she still broke the law and she’s never shied away from admitting that. What hurts her most is that she believes Cain slept with her in order to get close so he could arrest her.

Cain also didn’t know that Hayley was pregnant when she was arrested. At most, Cain thought she’d get a slap on the wrist and some community service, since she pled guilty and was a first time offender. However, the judge decided to make an example of her and sentenced her to ten years, with a minimum of four. So Hayley gave birth inside prison and made her cousin, Ariel, baby Mason’s legal guardian.

When Cain comes back to Georgia four months after Hayley’s release, he finds her working herself to death at a local diner, owned by some douchebag they both went to school with. Cain can’t understand why Hayley needs the money so badly, but she has a good reason why – just before Hayley was arrested, she discovered someone was using the hacking as a cover for darker activities. Hayley managed to set a trap online to catch them just before she was jailed, and she knows that once she looks into they’ll know she’s onto them.

Hayley has a lot of secrets and Cain’s determined to find out what they are. When Hayley is caught in a fire at the diner, it’s only Cain’s quick thinking that saves her. Determined to find out what’s going on, he follows Hayley when she goes to meet Ariel and Mason for ice cream, and he sees a birthmark on Mason that is identical to one of his own… first mystery solved. Mason is his son.

Cain doesn’t have time to get to know their child, because someone has taken a hit out on Hayley’s life. Other hackers have died in mysterious circumstances, too many for it to be a co-incidence. He gets Hayley, Ariel and Mason to safety, and then he and Hayley work together to find out who’s after her and who the mole is. Along the way, they realise they still love each other.

If you want a book with romance, a happy ending, and a mystery that will keep you on the edge until the very end, then this is the book to pick up 😀

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