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Between Love and Duty (A Brother's Word #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  11 reviews
There's a right way, then there's the wrong wayNobody knows that better than police captain Duncan MacLachlan. He has served and protected for years without bending to a middle ground he doesn't believe in. And he's not about to change. Certainly not for stubborn—and sexy—court advocate Jane Brooks. Her shades-of-gray view of the world clashes with his black-and-white one. ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 368 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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This is the first book in a series about three brothers. Duncan the hero was eighteen and looking forward to his freedom when his mother walked out and with a drug dealer dad in jail, he was left to take care of his out of control siblings aged 12 and 15, so he gave up his dreams and became a parent more than a brother. Duncan is now on the force and is in many ways alone, he is rigid and strong and used to doing things on his own. His relationship with his brothers is not close, but he managed ...more
Very emotional book. Duncan had taken over raising his brothers when his mom walked out when he was eighteen. In order to do that, he had developed a right vs wrong attitude, with no middle ground. That attitude stayed with him. When confronted with a teenage burglar, he stepped out of his usual role and took a hands on approach, spending time with the boy. When he was approached by Jane, he didn't approve of her viewpoint of the boy's father. He ended up participating, with her, in the supervis ...more
Darlene Torday
I read all of the brother's stories out of order. Glad I was able to read this one to see what happened to the boy forced to be a grownup at 18 to raise his brothers. It took a special woman to get his attention and love. The author did a good job showing him changing. I was thrilled that Jane realized her past shaped her too and she needed to make some changes.
Jennifer Harris

Absolutely a great book. A little slow but still a great finish. When the brothers really talk it is so emotional. The ending is done perfectly with suspense and love. Wow, this is a great read!
This was a successful Superromance with all the things I have come to love about the line: emotions, family and a believable love story. I really believed that these characters had survived their tumultuous upbringings and were too afraid to love or trust as a result. Their attraction to one another made a lot of sense and I admit I got a little teary-eyed when they finally shared their vulnerabilities and admitted their feelings. This author writes great cop heroes, but conversely one of my few ...more
Ann Torrey
Little slow but ending was good.
Entertaining read. I really hope that she writes stories about his two brothers. Ms Johnson took some serious issues and handled them quite well. I am also really glad that she didn't take the easy way to solve a few things and instead all of her characters grew.
Heroine is guardian ad litem for a boy whose father is just getting out of prison. Hero is police lieutenant with an interest in the boy, and a history that makes him mistrust the dad. They are thrown together because of the boy--but things develop.
The shorter format means there's some tell-not-show, I guess through lack of space. Othewhise very good contemporary romance, category.
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Miniseries: A Brother's Word
Category: Heart & Home
Harlequin Books
Miniseries: A Brother's Word
Category: Heart & Home
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Janice Kay Johnson is the author of sixty books for children and adults. Her first four published romance novels were coauthored with her mother, also a writer who has since published mysteries and children's books on her own. These were "sweet" romance novels, the author hastens to add; she isn't sure they'd have felt comfortable coauthoring passionate love scenes!

Janice graduated from Whitman Co
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