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Peek Inside The Return of Patrick O’Rourke

Shannon wants to hire Patrick to protect her while he’s in town recovering from a shooting, but he soon wants to do more than just protect her body.

The Return of Patrick O’Rourke

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Shot in the line of duty, New York City cop Patrick O’Rourke returns to his hometown of Jamesville to recuperate. His partner is dead and his career depends on his ability to recover from his serious injuries. He doesn’t plan on staying any longer than he has to. The last thing he wants is to get involved in a relationship with one of the local ladies.

Shannon Brooker’s life certainly didn’t turn out the way she’d planned, and she’s returned to Jamesville to help her aunt run the local diner. She’s not looking for a man. All she wants is some peace of mind.

When her abusive ex-husband starts a campaign to terrorize her, Shannon turns to Patrick O’Rourke, the man she had a teenage crush on many years ago. She wants to hire him as a bodyguard, but Patrick soon discovers that he wants their relationship to be more than just professional.

Each book in the Jamesville series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed in any order.
Book #1: Discovering Dani
Book #2: The Way Home
Book #3: The Return of Patrick O’Rourke
Book #4: The Seduction of Shamus O'Rourke
Book #5: A Legal Affair
Book #6: By the Book
Book #7: Past Promises


"Enjoyed this one all the way. Patrick is hot, hot, hot. A dark knight and protector and WAY yummy." --Julie, Goodreads

"I really enjoyed this book, very well done romantic suspense." --KathyB, Goodreads

"Good solid romance. Enjoyable characters, danger and love." --Flitterkit, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640630062
Series: Jamesville, Book 3
Release Date: Aug 21, 2017
Page Count: 180
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, overcoming odds

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By Dina April 03, 2012

I was dying to read Patrick's story since he was introduced in Discovering Dani, and I'm happy to say his book is a winner! Man, oh man! He was adorable when he was nineteen, but he's to die for now that he's thirty-one. He can do my laundry anytime he feels like it, that's all I'm going to say. ;)

F ...more

By Julie (jjmachshev) July 31, 2008

Hottest of the series and the first one I would classify as erotica. "The Return of Patrick O'Rourke" by N.J.Walters tells the story of two characters who appeared in the first 'Jamesville' series book "Discovering Dani". Patrick is Dani's younger brother and Shannon is Dani's mother-figure's niece. ...more

By Kathrynn July 27, 2008

For the most part, I enjoyed this quick read. Both the plot and the characters were good, but there were numerous--glaring--grammatical errors and some places went into excruciating detail for normal, mundane moments, i.e, changing clothes, recovering from injury, etc.

The book began with a prologue ...more

By KathyB July 07, 2017

I really enjoyed this book, very well done romantic suspense. The story shined with a very likable hero and a sweet/vulnerable heroine. The small town was charming and the secondary characters were an interesting group. I'm looking forward to continuing the series, this was a winner.

Triggers - (view spoiler) ...more

By Regina May 28, 2012

I truly enjoy how an alpha hero's protective instincts kick into high gear when a heroine is in a dangerous situation. Shannon had a nice balance of vulnerability and independence while Patrick was a swoon-worthy, take-charge and not-too-arrogant type of guy. Good story with a menacing abusive ex-hu ...more

By Pamela(AllHoney) September 20, 2014

The third book in N.J. Walters Jamesville series. Patrick O'Rourke, brother of Dani in the first book of the series, returns to Jamesville to recuperate. A relationship in the last thing on his mind. Enter Shannon Brooker...

Good, steamy, emotional contemporary romance. ...more

By Maria October 15, 2016

Very good erotic romance. Way steamier than the first two in the series. Hurt comfort theme with a woman abused by her former husband. I thought the author handled that pretty well. There were a few too good to be true moments that gave it a Lifetime feel but not so much that it got hokey. I would r ...more

By Adis April 26, 2012

I was deeply curious to read Patrick's story. He was portrayed as a very mature and responsible boy in the first installment of this series,Discovering Dani. This book slightly different than the other two. It was more complicated, not as easy and sweet as previous book, and also have a heavily sexu ...more

By Raine June 06, 2016

Good book about Shannon who is running away from her abusive ex-husband who recently got out of prison and Patrick who was a NY City cop who got shot in the line of duty. I love how Patrick is so protective of Shannon and I thought the part on the couch and on the washing machine was really hot. ...more

By Shawna December 05, 2009

5 stars – Contemporary Romance ...more

By Flitterkit June 05, 2012

Good solid romance. Enjoyable characters, danger and love. Somewhat to formula, but sometimes it's still fun to read those, even when you know what's going to happen. :) ...more

By Erotic Horizon August 16, 2008

The Return of Patrick O'Rourke by N. J. Walters (2006) ...more

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N.J. Walters

About the author

N.J. Walters

Once upon a time N.J. had the idea that she would like to quit her job at the bookstore, sell everything she owned, leave her hometown, and write romance novels in a place where no one knew her. And she did. Two years later, she went back to the bookstore and her hometown and settled in for another seven years. One day she gave notice at her job on a Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon, she received a tentative acceptance for her first erotic romance novel and life would never be the same. N.J. has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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