Pulling the Trigger by Julie Miller

pulling the trigger

Title: Pulling the Trigger

Author: Julie Miller

Mills & Boon imprint: Intrigue

Year of publication: 2009

The heroine: FBI agent Joanna Rhodes

The hero: Former Army Ranger/tracker Ethan Bia

The blurb: It had been more than ten years since tracker Ethan Bia had seen the woman who’d loved him and left him with no explanation. FBI agent Joanna Rhodes was as beautiful and secretive as ever, but insisted on keeping their past–and their passion–where it belonged.

Ethan knew tracking an elusive killer through the mountains was their assignment, but his need for answers was as tempting as his urge to touch Joanna. Unfortunately, resisting both was crucial to surviving this mission. A mission that would determine how long Joanna stuck around once it was over….

Standalone or series: Book six of the Kenner County Crime Unit series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: I didn’t realise I had this book, so when I saw Julie Miller’s name I couldn’t resist. I liked this book, but I have to admit it wasn’t one of my favourites by her.

Joanna Rhodes is a Native American woman who left the reservation she grew up on after her alcoholic parents were killed in a car crash and she was raped by a family friend, who was never brought to justice because his uncle was the sheriff at the time.

She was in love with Ethan Bia, but his guilt at not being able to protect Joanna and her desperation to get away from the life she lived drove her off the reservation and eventually to DC, where she became an FBI agent. When she is asked to go back and interview a suspect helping a crime family based in Vegas and Joanna realises it’s her rapist, she agrees in the hope of getting closure from confronting him.

She isn’t prepared to encounter Ethan again, and the love that burned between them never really went away. It doesn’t take long before she’s in his arms again, even though her independence is something she clings desperately to. When the suspect she’s chasing flees after being tipped off by an insider in the sheriff’s department, Ethan and Joanna give chase. They eventually get their man – and each other.

You never do find out who the mole is, nor what happened to the FBI agent who disappeared halfway through the book, but I imagine that’s resolved in a later book.

I adored Ethan. He was patient, gentle, and strong when he needed to be. He didn’t rush Joanna, let her take the lead. I found Joanna harder to read, for reasons I can’t figure out. I’m not sure what it was about her, but something just didn’t work for me. Having said that, it was still a good book that I whipped through.