Reluctant tabloid photographer Jayne Sullivan is on assignment: find an elusive wood sculptor and get the first pictures of the hottest new superstar in the art world. An anonymous tip sends her to rural Maine, where she is stranded by a snow storm. But instead of the reclusive artist, Jayne finds a sexy, mysterious handyman. An attack on Jayne sets off a violent spree that stirs up terrible memories for Jayne. Is the angry artist trying to protect his privacy? Or is someone else stalking her? She is certain of only one thing. Nothing is what it seems. Both the hot handyman and his hometown have secrets. As if Jayne didn’t have enough of her own.
Reed Kimball is tired of death. Since his wife’s murder five years ago, the former homicide detective just wants to be left alone, far away from the media publicity that nearly destroyed him. But the local police chief wants Reed’s help with the bizarre murder of a college student in which the killer left an ancient Celtic coin under the remains. As if his life isn’t in enough turmoil, Reed is stunned by his attraction to a gorgeous, overly curious photographer. When Jayne is attacked, Reed is torn. His hidden past is far too scandalous to risk exposure. Isolated by the blizzard, Jayne and Reed wish temptation was the only peril that faces them. But Jayne’s assailant isn’t finished with her yet—and his desires are darker that anyone could imagine.
Cindy’s Review: Another exciting thriller from Melinda Leigh. You are shocked within the first 5 pages. Some would fear what is to come after those pages but if you love a good thrilling ride with a side of romance then step on board and hang on.
Jayne Sullivan is a photographer and has come to town looking for the illusive sculptor her sleazy tabloid boss sent her to expose. She doesn’t want to do the job but she needs the money because she feels guilty about not being about to financially help out her brothers. She hasnt had an easy time of it as she was attacked when she was in college and wears the scar from it on her face.
Reed Kimball quit his job as a homicide detective and took his son and fled the city 5 years ago when his wife was killed and a media storm converges on them. Reed is also full of scars but his are on the inside.
From the outside the little town of Huntsville, Maine looks like a quite peaceful town. What no one realizes is a killer with an agenda is among them.
From the first page until the last page our heroine is put through the ringer. There are a few threads not wrapped up at the end of the book. The author has done a great job of hooking this reader for future books in this series.
All I can say is WOW…this grabbed me by the collar within the first 5 pages and didn’t let go till I was done.
This story had just the right amount of romance, mixed with a great thrilling mystery that you won’t be able to put it done till you’re done. I highly recommend this book.
They’re a perfect pair, both tough, wary, and the walking wounded. When their quests for vengeance collide, Undercover DEA Agent Dallas McQuade and Mia Linden, a disbarred lawyer whose personal life has been destroyed by drug lord Esteban Montoya, are forced into a reluctant partnership—and a quickie Las Vegas wedding.
Dallas vows to protect his temporary wife, but Mia has plans of her own, and they don’t include leaving all the heavy lifting—or bullet-dodging—to Dallas.
Cindy’s Review – With a Diana Duncan book you know you are going to get lots of humor and smexy characters and this one didn’t disappoint.
The main characters Mia Linden and Dallas McQuade have alot of emotional baggage that they’ve tried to bury to bring down the one man they both hold responsible for alot of there pain.
When Mia accidentally crashes into a meeting she was secretly listening to the only way Dallas can think of to save her is to say that she is his fiance not knowing that the alleged drug cartel leader Esteban Montoya has a soft spot for romance and would offer to fly them right away to Vegas to get married.
This works perfectly for Mia because it finally her way in to Esteban’s house but it means its one more person Dallas has to protect. They reluctantly decide to join forces after the quick marriage to bring down everyone they hold responsible for ruining lives.
Though the marriage was just a means to an end Mia and Dallas end up helping the other deal with past tragedies and start them on a road to healing and also to dealing with the attraction that is between them.
This was one of those books I didnt put down until I finished it. I am looking forward to the next book in this series which we got quite a sneak peak at in the back of this one.
Rachel Kelly has traveled a long, hard road in her journey back to her husband, Ethan, and the Kelly family. Now, as she and Ethan are poised to move into their new home, safe behind the walls of the Kelly compound, Rachel wonders if she’ll finally be free of the ghosts that have haunted her for so long and if she’ll step into the sun after a past steeped in darkness.
Cindy’s Review – Touching, well written story of the on going healing of Rachel Kelly. Rachel has some new beginnings she is just starting. Her and Ethan are finally moving into there new home, Ethan doesn’t know it but there old house holds to many painful memories for her. They have also decided to try and start a family which scares them both since the previous miscarriage was the catalyst to the breakdown of their marriage in the past. Rachel has also decided to go back to teaching. Where the first part of this novella is mainly about Ethan and Rachel still trying to heal old wounds the second half gets really suspenseful which I wasnt expecting but loved.
ps.. There is a great snippet at the end from Cole and PJ’s story which was fabulous.
Zoe Adams has always been content with her quiet nights at home, watching TV alone-until her life turns into a real-life episode of Unsolved Mystery Hunters. The story of a kidnapped girl triggers unexplained memories, and Zoe is dead-set on figuring out why. Her search leads her to one of the Lone Star State’s richest families-and to sexy PI Tyler Lopez.
Tyler has sworn off women, especially redheads with killer curves who poke their noses into his clients’ private lives. Still, he can’t deny the attraction any more than he can deny that some of Zoe’s crazy story makes sense. But when she becomes a hit man’s target, this cold case starts heating up. Suddenly, Tyler will do anything to protect Zoe-even risk his heart.
Cindy’s Review – As usual we get lots of humor and romance with a little suspense thrown in Christie’s latest. The first meeting between Zoe and Tyler is hilarious. Zoe is deathly afraid of clowns. And after finally working up the nerve to go to the PI’s for help her first run in with Tyler is him dressed as a clown and her running away almost screaming. The guys are working for the same man that Zoe wants/needs more information about. She thinks she is the grand daughter that had been kidnapped and found dead many years ago.
All the characters from the first book are back in this one. We get to see Dallas and Nikki moving into there new place. See how Tony and LeAnn are doing with a nice surprise. Bud the crazy dog gets some competition from Zoe’s one eye’d 3 legged scared cat.
As with the first one we also have a secondary romance. Rick, a cop who is doing undercover work for the PI’s , and Ellen, Nikki’s best friend who was stabbed in book 1 and is now working in the office for the guys. She is a single mother who doesn’t trust a man as far as she could throw him. Rick is a dad but doesnt have custody of his son but is trying desperately to get him from his mother who is pretty much an unfit parent. As he had never really been a parent before he has no clue what he should do and after finally wearing down the very skeptical Ellen to help him once he gets his son the two realize there is quite the spark between them.
I really liked Zoe and Tyler but I have to say Rick and Ellen’s romance was just a bit more interesting. I am looking forward to Austin’s book. And one of the best thinks I like about this series is how all the books have such a comradery of friends and family.