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The Marine Next Door (The Precinct: Task Force #1) (The Precinct: Task Force #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  229 ratings  ·  26 reviews
He Saw That Her Safety Was Threatened

Maggie Wheeler never stopped looking over her shoulder. It was a habit she'd learned from being a cop...and from a devastating event in her past. So when John Murdock moved in next door, Maggie didn't know what to make of the sexy marine. But once her son formed a bond with the mysterious stranger, Maggie knew that past might not remain

Mass Market Paperback, Harlequin Intrigue #1350, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Harlequin
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I loved this book. First, I'm a sucker for a story with a military hero, especially a Marine. Second, it was a great book. There's a serial rapist in Kansas City and Maggie is on the task force to help find this guy. Maggie is also a single mother of a 9 year old son and a survivor herself. John has just returned to KC and is returning to work at the fire department, this time as an arson investigator. He and Maggie meet as he is moving into the apartment next door to her. He is there when stran ...more
Pretty fast moving and readable. Another in a long line of books about the KCPD. I liked the hero and how he had been in unrequited love with another woman for years but once he saw Maggie he was over it. I wasn't as fond of Maggie because even though she was a cop, she was still a pretty weak person. The relationship moved VERY fast. I'm not sure even a week had passed and they were all in love but I forgave it because it was well written and in romantic suspense you usually don't have as much ...more
Debbie Heaton
In Miller’s romantic suspense novel, Maggie Wheeler was both a cop and a survivor. Having survived a traumatic event ten years earlier, Maggie was surprised when John Murdock moved in next door and her son immediately bonded with him. Unexplained accidents begin to happen and John’s protective instincts kick in. The more time he spends with Maggie, the more convinced he is that she knows more about what’s happening than she admits. A wounded warrior himself, John can do nothing but protect the w ...more
This is probably one of my favorite books from the Intrigue line. The heroine had suffered a great deal in her life but she has managed to come out on top. It's understandable that she still has a sense of fear & weakness concerning her ex husband but she still manages to hold her head high through the fear. Enter the sexy hero, hero being a very appropriate term. Just reading the description had me drooling! He's my perfect man rolled up in a delicious package. 6'5", retired Marine, ex fire ...more
Ok, Ms Miller's long-running series flies in the face of the series going on too long theory. Somehow, possibly because she visits family, friends, co-workers, and possibly because the books are short so she doesn't run out of things to say, she's managed to keep this series going through over 20 books.

So we meet our H, whose sister was the h in the previous book, and who'd been the partner of one of the original h's ages ago. He's dealing with the loss of a leg, and assorted issues stemming fro
Laura AKA Loves 2 Read Romance
Maggie Wheeler's life has not been easy but things are starting to look up. Being asked to be part of the task force formed to catch the Red Rose Rapist is her chance to prove her skills as a cop.

John Murdock has always answered the call to serve and proctect. He moves in next door to Maggie and soon relizes that danger is breathing down Maggie and her son's necks. Offering to help John and Maggie start falling for each other. But will Maggie's past destory the budding romance? And will the ta
Ynis Ainu
Nice, entertaining reading with believable and real characters. The background story going on is gripping and interesting, though it's a bit disappointing that part of it is not really getting a closure in the end. I find it very refreshing that while both leading charcters have lots of baggage due to their past experiences, they deal well with it, and it's a nice change to read about characters who had such problems, but are already at the leaving-behind-them-stage, and don't drag the reader th ...more
Really enjoyed the light mystery romance this book had. Better with historicals, but I am finding I like contemp. mysteries as well. Wished I had known the mystery didn't finish in this book. I will now have to find the next book!!! Great read.
I think this was one of my favorites of Julie's books and I can't quite put my finger on why. The characters are so complex and I love the way I am picking up characters from other of her books. I only wish it had been longer.
Asma Mighri
3.5 Stars

I really liked Maggie and John's story, I loved the bond and Travis's role through the book, this is one of those dtory where you feel the connection from the start, but what I really loved about it was the way their relationship progressed, they were honest with each other from the beginning, they took it slow and I really felt them falling in love, I'm not one for insta-love books so to have a story that is both real and sweet was great.... the built-up with the serial rapist was am
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I had two major issues with this story. The first that the author spends way too much time telling instead of showing, which makes the book very slow & tedious at times even though it's just over 200 pages. A character sits in their car and thinks about the past. Or sits in their office and goes over the past. Or stands in their kitchen and thinks about the recent past...etc. It gets old very fast. When the H and h finally have their "first date" we don't read about it as it happens. Instead ...more
First off, I picked up this book on an utter whim on a insane shopping spree at a warehouse close out book sale. I wasn't expecting much because I plucked it out of a pile of similarly colored Harlequins. And besides that, anybody who has seen my review of romance books is probably aware we have a love hate relationship. I love to read them, but they usually make me feel very hateful for one reason or another.

Usually because I think a character is acting particularly stupid or they've completely
Chrissy Whelan
Another Hi

OMG, another great hit between John and Sarge. John is retired Marine and he moves in next to Sarge, she is having problems with her ex-husband. Then John being a Marine steps up and protects her. If you are in trouble, it great to have a Marine watch your back. Sparks fly, action happens. This a must read, as a wife of a Marine veteran, I highly recommend this book.
I loved that the hero was a wounded veteran from Afghanistan. The hero John lost a leg in service to his country and has just finished his rehab. John returns home to try and pickup the pieces to his life. He was a firefighter, but with his injury he can no longer do his previous job, so he has been given an opportunity to work on the arson squad. The heroine Maggie is a cop with a secret. Her ex-husband was abusive and had tried to kill her. He's just been released from prison and has started s ...more
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Nutnut (Lj) Ford
I am truly loving the Precinct books
Jane Wheeler
This book is decent from the "big strong man" perspective, but not as much from the "wounded hero" perspective. I found it kind of improbable that a guy with a prosthetic leg would apparently not own a pair of crutches, such that when some threatening noise comes from outside the apartment he takes the time to put his leg on well enough to run/jump down stairs. Uh... no.
I liked this book a lot better than I thought I would, but I'm sure that had to do with the fact that it was a mystery more than just a romance. With the rapist still on the loose I will probably look for the sequel.
Loved this book. Amazing how women of abuse, go on take care of a child, then find out the ex is released from prison. The man next door helps her and himself to find each othe.
Hannah  Ruth
Wonderful!! I can't wait to check out the other 5 books from my Library!
Great book! I couldn't put it down even When I was sick still kept reading it! It was so good!
Jami Dutcher
I lover Julie Miller's books. Characters pop up in future books so if you have read them all you will recognize them but all books are great on their own.
I really enjoyed this book. This was the first I have read in this group of related books. However I think I will go and find more.

Lori Howe
The Precinct continues and keeps you focused.
loved it.. freaken excellent
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Julie Miller is an award-winning, USA TODAY bestselling author of breathtaking romantic suspense--with a National Readers Choice Award and two Daphne du Maurier awards among other prizes. In 2009 she earned an RT BookReviews Career Achievement Award. Many of her more than
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