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

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  394 Ratings  ·  41 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 Larger Print, 288 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
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
(Trigger warning: rape) I bought this one when it was on special recently for 99c. I love the rescue trope, even though it is becoming increasingly hard for me to find books which give me the payoff I’m after. Maggie Wheeler is a Sergeant for the Kansas City PD and has recently qualified to apply for her detective shield. She’s a single mother, with a 10 year old son, Travis. Former marine and now arson investigator Captain John Murdock moves in next door to her and her son. Maggie’s ex-husband, ...more
May 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
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
Jane Wheeler
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Paula Legate
I really loved this book! I'm a sucker for books with military Hero's. This is part of a series, but each book is a stand alone. The series is about The rose Red rapist of Kansas city, and the KCPD, and a small task force of Police officers trying to find and capture the rapist before he strikes again. The police department has very few clues to go on.

Maggie is part of that task force. Her special talent is being able to talk to the victims. She was a victim once before, and can understand some
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This is the first novel of Julie Miller I have read. The Marine Next Door is one of those books a reader comes across every now and then and is just undecided if they liked it or not. The story was interesting and the characters were likable for the most part. I thought I was buying a romantic story about a ex Marine who was dealing with loosing his leg and getting on with his life along with the heroine of the story finally putting her life back together after being abused and raped by her ex h ...more
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Asma Mighri
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
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
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-kindle
I love this series! I don't read many "imprint" series books but Julie Miller's Precinct Task Force series is great.

There is a connected plot through the book of the Kansas City (is that in Kansas or Missouri?) Police trying to catch a serial rapist. And then there is the primary story of romance in the Police. The suspense and the mystery are done really well, the women are strong, and the men are macho, loyal and sexy!

I will definitely continue this series!
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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First I'd like to say that I loved that John was a war hero and Maggie was a cop. Two very strong characters that complimented each other throughout the book. Even though there were a lot of flashbacks the story went along smoothly. But the murderer wasn't caught. Which was kind of a bummer. I know buy the next book to find out but I was still a little let down about it.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my first read of Julie Miller and I Liked the story. Caught me from the first page, thought I knew who was who but no, it had many twists and an ending I really did not see coming. On to the next book.
Holly Bargo
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, solid story

I have nothing negative to say about this book. It's a good, solid story with clean editing. It didn't grip my attention like some do, which would have earned it that fifth star, but it was not boring either. Very well done.
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Suspense!

This is quite a good storyline. The suspense is well balanced with the romance aspect of the novel, and encourages you to read the others in the series.

Definitely recommended!
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
A pleasurable Harlequin romance--perfect for when you want just want to veg out. Part of the Precinct: Task Force series, but easily stands alone.
Barbara Collins
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
first time reading this author
not really into romance books but this one is really good. more of a detective book
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“She liked seeing John smile. He was usually so serious and guarded. The flash of boyish teasing warmed her heart. She’d liked the faintly possessive stamp of that kiss, too. Although she’d never imagined she would enjoy any man showing possessive tendencies around her again, there was something healthy and respectful, and completely new about the way John liked to hold her hands or take her arm, to subtly touch her—or kiss her. It was like falling in love for the first time all over again. He made her feel important. He listened. He got angry…on her behalf. John made her feel like a woman worth caring about, not a punching bag or vessel for sex or thing a man owned the way Danny had. He made her believe that with the right man—with John himself, perhaps—that it was okay for her to love again. - (Maggie)” 0 likes
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