Welcome to one of Kathryn Shay’s high school dramas. A teacher in a public school for years, she knows kids and the men and women who teach them!
"In COP OF THE YEAR (4 1/2 Stars Gold Medal), master storyteller Kathryn Shay pens an emotionally powerful tale that leaves you breathless. Woven into this riveting plot are wonderfully written characters that grab your heart and don't let go. Bravo Ms. Shay!" RT Book Reviews
Winner of Best Superromance of the Year and Gold Medal rating, the Golden Leaf Award and the Desert Quill Award as well as numerous 5 star ratings from reviewers.
When by-the-book Captain Mitch Malvaso is forced to work in a high school classroom to improve relationships between At Risk kids and the police department, he’s disconcerted about working with teenagers. But when he meets unorthodox teacher, Cassie Smith, his world goes off kilter. So does Cassie’s. She totally against all he stands for, so why is it she finds herself attracted to him? The further they go into the year, the more they’re drawn to each other. The kids also come to care about Mitch, and because of his past in Vietnam, he tries to distance himself from everybody. He can’t, and he must learn to accept Cassie and her kids into his life permanently. With several highly emotional scenes and deeply moving situations, this story will go straight to your heart.
“Kathryn Shay writes from the heart! Her stories are about real people with real lives. You will laugh and cry with her characters. COP OF THE YEAR is sure to be one of the best books to hit the shelves this year!” The Literary Times
“Prepare yourself for a fabulous emotional ride that will have you reaching for the tissues and leave you with a renewed sense of hope.” Genie Romex Reviews
“Kathryn Shay has penned a most unusual novel. The teacher/cop relationship feels natural enough, and the dialogue is a standout. But oddly enough, though I found the romance to be satisfying, it's the secondary characters of the kids I remember most from the story. The teenage pregnancies, the gang involvement, the drug usage all are a part of today's high school scene, but Shay makes this a story of hope, not despair. The ending almost brought me to tears. Three cheers!” The Romance Reader
“Ms. Shay writes a strong and compelling dissertation on a very real and complicated social issue of our time, weaving in an unforgettable, touching love story.” Old Book Barn Gazette
Was not to sure of story at first, but the more I read ,the interest got better, and I’ll have to say the last was emotional, loving & a surprise. TY55
Very good. I enjoyed reading it. The human-interest part was outstanding. I give it 4 1/2 stars45
Riveting! It definitely showed all the different and sometimes seedier part of life. Pray for all the kids who are desperate and turn to gangs to supposedly fix them.55
Simply put...this is oneof the best books I have ever read.55
I read too early morning after starting this book. I could not put it down until I knew what happened. Cassie was a troubled youth and now she lived for her at risk students. Mitch carried scars from the war. Kathryn Shay wrote from her heart when she described what Vietnam veterans were forced to live thru.55
Another astounding book by Ms. Shay! This book grabs you from the beginning & doesn't let go to the very end. The story is true to life & well written & the characters are great. This story holds great emotion with the relationships of it's characters.55
What a beautiful love story. And yes this story was full of such love a wonderful teacher shows her students while controlling them with such a loving hand. This novel has so much scary and exciting moments you do not realize after the story is finished you wanted more and more. Thank you for tackling such a tough topic.55
I don't understand the one star review for this? We obviously didn't read the same book. This story was stunning. The writing was personal and raw. I fell in love with the characters and cried for them too. I loved watching the progression of Mitch and Johnny's relationship. And of course Mitch and Cassie's relationship, which was beautiful, realistic, and swoon worthy. Needless to say it plucked my heartstrings.55
Oh. My. God. Horrific, totally paint by numbers writing. No authenticity, no truth. Quite possibly written by some graduate student AI program at a community college.15