I actually finished this yesterday and since then have read nearly the entire series, haha. I forgot just how addictive this series could be, and I'm already fighting the temptation to start the last (until next week) entry in the series. I absolutely adore this series. Last year, I did an entire reread of the series and purchased digital copies because I love it so much. Normally, having just finished a reread, I wouldn't have done a second one this year except Suzanne Enoch is releasing a brand new novel, Barefoot in the Dark, after over a decade. Sooo excited!
I don't read a ton of contemporary novels, and I read even fewer series with the same couple featured over and over again -- I think, other than this series, my only other series like this is the J.D. Robb In Death series. It's hard to see the same couple again and again, particularly since the romance genre is supposed to have a HEA.
Rick Addison and Samantha Jellicoe have a unique meet-cute in this first book when she saves Rick's life during a botched robbery of his Palm Beach estate--she's actually trying to steal from him at the same time but she's not responsible for the explosion or the dead guard. They team up to find out who's behind it and trying to kill them both.
The plot is really good even if it gets a bit dodgy from time to time. I only get tripped up on some of the finer points after maybe my seventh reread so that's probably me being an anal-compulsive moron, haha. The characters and romance are really great. Both of these characters are used to being in command and not answering to anyone else so they really have to find ways to compromise--particularly since Sam lives on the wrong side of the law and Rick has to try and figure out just how much of that he's willing to deal with.
The HEA is a good stopping point. We get enough resolution fit the definition, but there are so many issues still to be mined between these characters that conflict still remains. The romance can occasionally feel driven by lust--and it definitely begins that way, but there are points where there is genuine connection between them and it's fun to watch them try and one up each other throughout the book.
The supporting cast is great, particularly Rick's lawyer, Tom, and Homicide detective, Frank, who will both come back in later books. I particularly adore Stoney, Sam's fence and only real personal connection. I was excited to see all of them come back.