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Stop in the Name of Love

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Undercover...or under the covers...?
Undercover... Undercover vice cop Russell Bridger hates his new assignment doing surveillance on the home of a suspected traitorous spy. That is, until he receives orders to cozy up to the man’s sweet, beautiful neighbor...and find a way to move in with her for the duration. But things don’t go as smoothly—or seductively—as he’d hoped wh
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Published (first published October 29th 2015)
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DNF @25%

This is most definitely a "me not the book" situation. The writing is more than decent but I'm not relating to the arrogant hero or the wishy washy heroine. Maybe there's some dirty sexy times that makes up for it later on but I'm cutting my loses now. Plus, I'm not a fan of the "that could never happen to me" style of writing where, of course, it does indeed happen. This one's just not my cuppa.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Insufferably boring and clichéd.

Went in thinking I will get some enjoyment and some reprieve from my other heavy tomes, came out feeling horribly bored and totally dissatisfied!

Why o why do I keep choosing such books to entertain me? :( *bangs head*
3.5 stars

My first read of Nina Bruhns's work and it was a lovely hit indeed. This is a romance with a bit of suspense; both main characters having deeply scarred past that affected how they view life.

I'm not gonna touch on the suspense part as it should have been clear and plain to see from the beginning. Well. I supposed I'm gonna say it anyway: I was rather disappointed with the task force for not figuring it out sooner. There.

But though I'm not usually sold on too charming and cocky a hero, I
Put a commitment-phobe undercover cop and a prim kindergarten teacher together and the sparks they generate should fly...or so this book claims. In which case, a garden-variety erotic video should do the trick.

But both Mary Alice and Bridge resemble walking, talking clichés of the shy woman and uncommitted man so much so that I was tempted to skim for hidden evidence of deflowering, lace drawers and bicep-clutching kisses. But the repetitive character exaggeration - whether intended or not - si
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Mary Alice has good reason to fear loving someone and even better reason for making sure if she does get involved again, that man can't be a cop. But sometimes a person just can't help who they fall for. Bridger, as it happens, is an undercover cop, who needs to get close to Mary Alice for his assignment. Only he actually does want to get to know her but then finds out her history and realizes that it can never be. Which is further complicated by the fact that he is not a relationship kind of gu ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
My least favorite book by this author - and I usually like her books a lot.

I thought the Hero was a conceited Ass and it ruined the story for mr.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: na, sexy

this was so cheesy but so sexy lmao i loved it
A Klue
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Let me try to make this review as simple as possible:

Russell Bridger = Arrogant, self-centered, thinks he is God’s gift to women, undercover cop pretending to be part of a road construction crew who had no qualms about using Mary Alice on a personal and/or professional level, at least throughout most of the story. I couldn’t help but picture an overly cocky, obnoxious Kurt Russell type character who likely winks and blows himself kisses when he walks by a mirror. In fact, he probably carries a m
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

They said it was a Romantic Suspense novel, but I didn't see or read the Suspense, besides that I was good.


I can’t believe how fast I read this book. I enjoy every page on it, sure, sometimes the story was a little slow but even then the story was catching. This is the first Nina Bruhns’s book I’ve read but I’m sure it won’t be the last. I loved the way she developed the story, the personalities of of Bridge and Mary Alice, their love for roses, gosh… I love a huge part of this contemp
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review can be read it its entirety at

Mary Alice Flannery has had her heart broken over and over by the death of her father, fiancé, and uncle: all police officers. She has kept herself closed off to love by hiding behind her job as a nursery school teacher, her roses, and her “master list” of things to accomplish.

Enter, Russell Bridger aka “Bridge”, handsome, strong and sexy, who appears to be a construction worker that is working on Mary Alice’s str
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holly
Review can be read at It's About The Book

4.5 stars

I absolutely adored this quirky little romance from Nina Bruhns and I’m so glad I requested it at the last minute! It might have been a late pick to review, but it’s been one of my favorites to read. Thanks, Ignite!

Mary Alice has had it with loving cops. She lost her uncle early in life; then three years ago, she’d lost her fiance Jack and then, a few weeks later, her dad. It’s too hard to live a man who might not come home. Luckily, she’s go
April Symes
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it

This is a good story that has action, suspense and romance. Mary Alice does not want to be around cops because the cops she has loved in the past has died and because of that, she's afraid of that same pain. Undercover vice cop Russell Bridger is working in the area that Mary Alice lives in and needs to use Mary Alice to catch a suspect—actually he needs to use her house as a base to watch the criminal. Bridge is working undercover as a construction worker and that’s how Mary Alice sees him firs
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Yes
Shelves: romance
I have received a copy of this book from NetGalley/Entangled Publishing/Entangled Ignite for an honest review. "Stop in the Name of Love" by Nina Bruhns is an enjoyable romantic suspense story.
This is Russell Bridger (Bridge) and Mary Alice Flannery's story.

Bridge is working uncover as a road crew guy. He is suppose to get close to Mary Alice so he can move in her house and do surveillance on her neighbor. Bridge is very attracted to Mary Alice. He has mixed emotions about acting on it since he
Jennifer Schultheis
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Stop in the Name of Love by Nina Bruhns is a quick yet enjoyable read. The characters were honest, conflicted at the right moments, and passionate.

Mary Alice has a rule she follows. No cops! Her favorite uncle, her fiancée, and finally her father were all cops. They were killed. Because of this, she wants nothing do with cops. This is understandable and completely honest on her part. After losing that many loved ones, I probably wouldn’t want nothing to do with cops again either.

Bridge is under
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’ve been reading Nina Bruhns romantic suspense books for several years now. When I started reading Stop in the Name of Love it seemed somewhat familiar. After looking through the anthologies I have purchased, I found it in the Naughty Nine Anthology. It looks to have been updated and expanded somewhat from the anthology version.

It is the classic cute cop, Bridge who doesn’t commit and the woman, Mary Alice who has become allergic to cops. By her home’s proximity to a criminal’s home Mary Alice
Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
Mary Alice has a strict rule about not dating cops. After watching her fiance and her dad die in the line of duty she doesn't want to put herself through that again. When Mary Alice first lays eyes on Bridger he is holding the stop sign for the construction crew on her street. He is the first guy that's she's been interested in since her fiance's death. But once she finds out that he's not really a construction workers and he's actually an undercover cop, she tries to fight her attraction to him ...more
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review...

Endearing, spicy, and unexpected. Mary Alice has been through a lot of loss and she does not need to lose anymore so she has put herself into a bubble of safety. She teaches her little nursery school children and is kind to her neighbors and friends. Leave it to a construction worker to mess up her world. He is very attractive and he has become the main event in her dreams. Bridger works undercover for the local police department and his assig
Denise Van plew
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
You first are given her heart stopping nervousness everytime she sees him which leads to daydreams on her part. Mary Alice is relate able because women that hide behind walls after too many hurts seem to look but can not seem to touch. Bridge though kinda set her up I would say purposely using that eye candy build to make her sweat. He has to get her on his side for a undercover that has to do with her neighbor. Undercover and stuff like that makes for suspenseful reading but she has added in a ...more
Kim Mote
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author and I totally enjoyed it. This book shows life doesn't always end up like you thought it would. Bridger is a cop who loves his job and enjoys his life of being single. He has his own past that holds him up from relationships. Mary Alice is a woman been hurt and dealt with loss more than she wants. She thinks meeting her goals with her five year plan will take the place of love. When the 2 cross paths they have no intentions of ending up together ...more
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bridge and Mary Alice were a very emotional read. She was so vulnerable she almost stopped living. Her pain was tremendous and her fear great. Somehow Bridge got through her walls. He was supportive, understanding and encouraging. And for Bridge, Mary Alice awakened dreams he was afraid to wish for. They both had a lot of baggage to overcome. I enjoyed their spicy scenes and their sexual innuendos. There was not a time where I was mad at any character, but a brush of sadness.

There is one majorly
Bette Hansen
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent read. I definitely would consider this more a romance than a romantic suspense. While it does have a suspense element to it and the ending of the book is exciting, there's not a lot of suspense or action in the middle of the story. It's a good opposites attract story Mary Alice is a pre-school teacher living a very conservative, protected life. Bridger is an undercover cop and works his way into her life to keep an eye on her neighbor. While they are very different there is still a ...more
Linda Quick
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Fast paced romantic suspense at its best - it has everything: a hot undercover cop and frightened and demure preschool teacher that cannot stand to be around cops. Through necessity of circumstance, they are forced together and what follows is a wonderful story that had me turning pages just as quickly as possible. Add in some very hot sex scenes that might be the sexiest I've ever read without being coarse or crude and you have a winning combination.

While this is the first b
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
A sweet romance with some lite action. This is a great weekend read or even when you need a me day and want to indulge in a guilty pleasure.

A school teacher and a police officer, not much more romantic than this. She and he both have sworn off relationships; he because of his job and she... because of his job. An undercover assignment and a fun and naughty night later and they will never be the same again. Will they change their minds about one another or will they dig their heels in? You will j
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars
Stop in the Name of Love is my first book by the author and immediately after reading I headed to her Goodread's page to add at least half of her library to my TBR.

This is a romantic suspense with a sexy cop, a reluctant heroine and a whole lot of chemistry.
A slightly conservative pre-school teacher who has an aversion to dating cops, she refuses to get involved with them at all.
An undercover cop who finds himself wanting to get involved with her even though he knows why she doesn't want
Barrie Mac
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Russel Bridger (aka Bridge) is an undercover cop who is posing as a construction worker in a neighborhood to spy on a man, Charlie, who they believe is selling technology secrets. Mary Alice isn't only sweet and cute but she's Charlie's neighbor. In getting close to her so that he can spy on Charlie, Bridge doesn't plan on falling in love. Mary Alice HATES cops as two members of her family were cops and died. When Mary Alice realizes she's fallen in love with Bridger, she's heartbroken as she kn ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review*
Mary Alice comes from a family of cops. She has experienced real tragedy in her life when she lost first her uncle, then her fiance, and finally her father to the job. Bridge, after watching his own mother's suffering as the wife of a cop has decided that happy ever after with a wife and kids isn't for him. When they meet while Bridge is undercover, they are drawn to each other with a need they've never known before. Sexual
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars to be exact

Mary Alice...a kindergarten teacher (yeah sounds about right),has a rule about not dating cops after losing her father and fiancé in the line of duty. When she first catches sight of Bridge she doesn't know he is a cop but once she learns the truth she does her best to fight the attraction.

But....when his job requires he move in with her to watch her next door neighbor, well I think you can figure out the rest.

The suspense seemed more of an after thought than part of the st
Isha Coleman
Nov 04, 2015 rated it liked it
The conflicting emotions between the two main characters is central to the plot line of Nina Bruhns' Stop in the Name of Love. The chaotic aura of their relationship although interesting makes the story hard to follow. The personal struggles of Mary Alice also gives you insight into her as an individual character. All the things that make Russell off limits for her are what she likes most about him. I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Stop in the Name of Love is dar ...more
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bridge is muuuuuuy sexy and that whole alpha vibe he has going just plain works! Mary Alice is wary of cops because those she has loved have died and she's afraid of that same pain. Bridge thinks commitment is not for him because his mom was heartbroken with his dad's profession as a cop. They work through their issues while investigating the neighbor for some major crime but that seems more like the afterthought than the plot.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Vero Stro
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Nina Bruhns' books! And this one is no exception! This is a fast paced romantic suspense with all the elements to love it!

It has it all! A hot undercover cop and a pre-school teacher who leads a very conservative life and hates cops. But they are forced to be together. I read it in one sitting and I couldn't put it down.
The chemistry is great and the love scenes are scorching hot!

I was given a copy via NetGally for Entangled Publishing for an honest review.
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New York Times and USA Today best selling author Nina Bruhns is an avid world traveler and adventurer with two graduate degrees in archaeology -- all great fodder for her stories, giving them broad dimension, vivid settings and characters that are out of the ordinary. In addition to hitting both the NY Times and USA Today bestseller lists, her novels have earned two RITA nominations, and won numer ...more