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Harlequin Suspense-esque Rape Survivor and Cop

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Dec 30, 2017, 1:32am Top

The heroine is a producer, I think, on a local television show that does crime reenactments, but ends up playing the part of a nurse who was assaulted by a serial rapist. She becomes his target.
Our hero is the cop tasked with her protection. And of course, to protect her, he has to move in.
I can't remember specifics beyond that except for that she is a rape survivor, and she at some point confronts her rapist in a shopping mall.
I would've read this probably in the mid to late 90s, maybe as late as the early 00s. I suppose it could have been written as early as the mid to late 80s, but I would guess at the earliest the 90s. It didn't seem out of date when I read it.
Please help! This is driving me bananas.

Jan 3, 1:27am Top

These bananas right here!
This is a banana bump.
It's gone that far.

Jan 3, 12:49pm Top

Sorry, I don't know your book, but your bump message made me laugh.

Good luck!

Jan 7, 9:17pm Top

I'm just gonna say it - you don't want to know what happens when this drives me nuts.
Is there an emoji for that?
If there isn't, there ought to be.
This is a bump, and almost nutty bump.
Please help before it's too late!

Jan 11, 12:57pm Top

Well, I looked. There is apparently no emoji for nuts.
Of any variety.
No euphemistic nuts or actual nuts.
There may be a chocolate covered nut but that is not the sort of nut I am becoming.

There should be nuts.
I'm so sad.

This is a nutless bump.

Edited: Jan 11, 1:09pm Top

I'm just tossing out names, but maybe Marie Ferrarella? she had a lot of 'cop protecting people from bad guys' romances in the 90s.

was it a harlequin/silhouette, more on the romance side type book, or a longer suspense/thriller book?

it sounds interesting, I hope you find it before you are driven completely nutlessly bananas 🥥

Edited: Jan 11, 3:49pm Top

I thought for sure "crime reenactment" would make the book easy to find on Google, but no... :-(

Jan 11, 6:33pm Top

@ starlightgenie
Right!? I can't say that I've ever read another book in which that was a major plot point.

@ beesocks
Thanks for the try.

I am unfamiliar with Marie Ferrarella. I looked at her book list and I don't believe it's any of those.

If I remember correctly, it was a series type romance. It would've been one of the longer, maybe 250 pages, maybe longer still, certainly not less than 200, Again, if I remember correctly. And I want to say that the framing on the front cover would've been red. Maybe a Silhouette, possibly a Silhouette Desire, is that a thing? I'm very very bad with publishers and imprints.
As a rule, I didn't do the series romances. And I didn't do short books or novellas. Unless it's integral to the overall story arc of a particular series, I really can't stand reading the short stuff.

I will say this, the heroine was not too stupid to live, there were no babies, secret or otherwise, there was no amnesia, and our hero was alpha, to an extent, but in a very respectful way. And I think what made it stick in my mind is that the heroine's history with rape was not fetishized and really seemed to be handled in a very realistic way.

Edited: Jan 12, 2:53am Top

Possibly The Love of Dugan Magee by Linda Turner 1992

Trust had died in Sarah Haywood that terrible night three years ago, an icy emotional armor growing around her heart to take its place. Now the ghosts of her past were resurrected as a serial rapist stalked the city. To feel safe, to be safe, she needed to trust again. And the one man she wanted to trust was police detective Dugan Magee....
Heat. Crackling and heavy. Dugan had felt it when they first met, and he tried to deny its intensity. Though he was sure Sarah sensed it, too, he knew what such intimacy would cost her. Still, his need to help her, to heal her, pulsed with a life of its own. But could he protect her from a madman?

I had to do a search on Silhouette books with serial rapists in the plot. I can't find any reviews for this book, and the back cover copy is very vague, but when you do a Google book search on certain keywords (such as "nurse") it looks promising!


Jan 12, 3:04pm Top



I recognized the name right off too. Like, how could I forget?
This is it!
Thank you!

Do you know, I actually looked on Google books, and I swear that I used a keyword of nurse but got no love? Google hates me.

Also, I do not believe I have read anything else by this author. Totally recognize the name of the book but no recognition of Linda Turner. I will have to look her up.

Jan 12, 3:05pm Top

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Jan 12, 3:11pm Top

Feeling mostly sane now.
The panic is over.

Jan 12, 9:56pm Top

Google book search doesn't always work, especially with older books. Thankfully your sanity is restored!

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