Southern Comfort by Fern Michaels
Atlanta homicide detective Patrick 'Tick' Kelly turned his back on the world the day his wife and children were murdered. Abandoning his city and his career, he holed up in a beach house on Mango Key, Florida, and drowned his grief in Jack Daniels. Now sober and a bestselling author, Tick would gladly stay a recluse forever if his brother Pete didn't keep trying to drag him back to the land of the living. After years of sacrificing her personal life in favour of her DEA job, special agent Kate Rush resigned and moved back to her native Miami. But the unofficial assignment that has just come her way is too intriguing to pass up. She and a fellow ex-agent are relocated to Mango Key to keep an eye on an imposing, mysterious fortress believed to be at the centre of a human trafficking ring. At first, the Kelly brothers are suspected of involvement, but Kate is sure Tick poses no danger - except for the slow-burning gaze that makes her breath catch and her heart race. Tick finds himself fascinated by Kate's investigation - and by her inviting mix of courage and kindness. Teaming up, they uncover a web of betrayal, blackmail, and ruthless greed. And as danger mounts, Tick realizes how far he'll go to protect the rare and surprising gift that's come his way: a second chance at a happy ending.
This is my first read by Fern Michaels. I had the book on my bookshelf and decided to read something by a new author to me.
The beginning of the book has the murders of Tick's family and I almost did not want to read the rest of the book. I am glad I continued.
Patrick is called Tick throughout the book.
Tick and his brother have not seen each other for eight years. Pete did not know about the death of Tick's family.
Two former DEA agents are helping a fellow agent to find out what is happening at Mango Key. The two women agents are Kate Rush and Sandra Martin who are friends.
Another main character is the Governor's son, Lawrence Tyler who also works for the DEA. He is hated by both of the women as well as other staff. Lawrence keeps getting phone calls from someone who seems to know his every move. He is being blackmailed by a male with a familiar voice.
One character is Bird, a parrot with a colorful language.
One thing I did not like about the book is the a** word which was used way, way too much. The "f" word is also used but not as much.
It was a fast moving book and kept my attention so I will give it a 4 star rating.
Fern Michaels may be found at www.fernmichaels.com