Heat Wave: Nikki Heat #1 by Robert CastleAdult Police Mystery
This first book is the series has already hooked me!
Nikki Heat is an NYPD homicide detective. She is very focused on her job and being the best professional she can be in a very male-dominated career. When the commissioner assigns her to 'babysit' journalist Jameson Rook for some ride-alongs for an article he's writing, she's livid. This wasn't exactly the hard-hitting crime work she's used to. When she is called to investigate a murder and art heist, she knows he'll slow her down and maybe blow the whole case.
I loved the characters of both Heat and Rook! Rook is so charming and so maddening at the same time and he so frustrates Nikki that it's hilarious. She is about to go insane or murder him herself yet she can't show any emotion because that's just what Rook wants.
I love that the female character has all the power in this book--and she keeps it. Usually, when romantic tension is involved, the female character usually becomes silly and bumbling and starts focusing on the man. Not Nikki-she keeps Rook is his place and her eyes on the prize.