by Lori A. May

August 2005
ISBN: 0-373-51370-4
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The Profiler gives us a profiler in training, Agent Angela David, Agent Cain, her mentor, and Detective Carson Severo of NYPD. What do they all have in common? The case of a serial killer that gets stranger by the day.

Agent Angela David is a kickass heroine who lets no one get in her way. She speaks her mind, and she lets Cain and Severo know she can take care of herself. She has proven to them that she can handle herself, but they still, especially Severo, want to protect her. Oh she also specializes as a foreign linguist, speaking German, Italian, and Latin to name a few languages. Angie is out to prove herself and she needs all the experience she can get, which is why Cain is her mentor because he is one of the best. But Angie was already trained by the best, her father, while she was growing up. Now she just needs the field experience, and this is where Detective Carson Severo comes in.

As he is multifaceted, Severo is difficult to describe. He can be caring or gruff or protective when he needs to be depending on the situation. He seems to hide behind a tough exterior until you get to know him; then you see the relaxed, kind guy that he can be. On the word from Cain, he sets it up so that Angie gets some field experience.

The story isnít about Angie and Severo falling in love and living happily-ever-after. They do like each other but love? Who knows? This is about a heroine who knows what she wants and goes after it. She doesnít let anything stand in her way, not even an overprotective detective and mentor. Angie has quite a bit to deal with on her return to New York, and it has nothing to do with the case at hand. Her father was murdered, and she is still dealing with the pain of his loss. She is slowly coming to terms with his death and coping with his friend, Denise.

The Profiler was a first for me on several accounts. One, this is the debut book from Lori A. May, and it is also the first Bombshell that I have read. I heard the Bombshell wanted their heroines to be able to kickass and then take names, and that is exactly what Ms. May does in the book. With everything that is thrown at Angie, she still doesnít let any of it stand in her way; she seems to absorb the information for later use.

Ms. May gave us a book filled with action, mystery, deception, and growth. She also gave us a budding relationship between Severo and Angie; we get to see glimpses of this throughout the story. The story will keep you glued to the pages as you turn them to find out what will happen next and the reactions of all three of the leading characters. I will say that on some occasions I was wondering after something was mentioned if I knew whom they were talking about. Once you read the book you might as well, but it does not deter from the story at all. It only makes you wonder what will happen.

For those that like to try to figure out whom the bad guy is and why, then pick up The Profiler. You will not be disappointed. You might just be cheering Angie on in the end; I know I was. Iíll be on the lookout for Ms. May's next book. Iím also wondering if we will see more of Angie and Carson.

Reviewed in June 2005 by Pam.

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