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Publisher: Avon  / HarperCollins
Release Date: August 2003 
ISBN: 0380820560 
Format Reviewed: Paperback 
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Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Reviewed: 2003
Reviewer: Sheila Griffin 
Reviewer Notes: Explicit sex scenes. Profane language is used throughout.

Off Limits
By Michele Albert

     Emma Frey is the new kid in the New Orleans Police Department. Her fellow officers don't like her. She's standoffish and always operates strictly by the book. Back in Los Angeles, her testimony put a bunch of cops behind bars. She betrayed the blue brotherhood. This can never be forgiven.

     Bobby Halloran is the stud of the police station. He loves women and they love him. All flash, no substance--that's Bobby. His tender heart is well hidden.

      Bobby is experiencing severe burnout with the force. His fuse is getting shorter by the minute. The bad guys are winning all the time and it's starting to get to him.

     When Emma is partnered with Bobby, the sparks begin to fly. He doesn't want to be stuck with a stick-in-the-mud. She doesn't want to be stuck with a renegade. He's a time bomb just waiting to go off. A routine breaking-and-entering case starts to become interesting when the victim turns out to be Bobby's former lover, Chloe. Her brother is a major drug lord who is currently doing hard time for shooting a cop: Bobby. Since Chloe won't have anything to do with her brother, his minions keep an eye on her. When her house gets trashed and the henchmen start showing up in the obits, Chloe disappears. She's a barfly. To locate her, Bobby and Emma start hittin' the hotspots.

     Emma thought Bobby was sexy in regular clothes. Seeing him dressed for bar crawling sends her hormones through the roof!

      Bobby never realized how sexy Emma was until he sees her all dolled up as a bar- hopping babe. Now that the blinders are off, her hot bod never leaves his mind.

     The buildup to Bobby and Emma's first sexual encounter is gradual. However, when the time finally comes, the pages start steaming, as do the windows of Bobby's SUV!

     This was an enjoyable book with several interesting secondary characters. The language is frequently typical cop-speak--in other words vulgar.