High noon. Nora Roberts. 2007.

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Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age when an unstable man broke into her family’s home, trapping and terrorising them for hours. Now she’s Savannah’s top hostage negotiator: she defuses powder-keg situations and has a talent for knowing when to give in - and when to take action. It’s satisfying work - and sometimes those skills come in handy at home dealing with her precocious seven-year-old, Carly, and her agoraphobic mother, still traumatised by the break-in after all these years.

It’s exactly that heady combination of steely courage and sensitivity that first attracts Duncan Swift to a phoebe. After watching her talk one of his employees off of a roof ledge, he is committed to keeping this intriguing, take-charge woman in his life. She’s used to working solo, but Phoebe’s finding that no amount of negotiation can keep Duncan at arms length......