Review: Rogue River series Books 1 and 2 by Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh

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Book 1 – On Her Father’s Grave (Rogue River #1) Now available – http://www.amazon.com/Fathers-Grave-Rogue-River-Novella-ebook/dp/B00LNN17M8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1413640489&sr=1-1&keywords=on+her+father%27s+grave
Book 2 – Gone to Her Grave (Rogue River #2)  October 21, 2014 – http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Grave-Rogue-River-Novella-ebook/dp/B00LOPDL5G/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1AG53MYDQFWX6P83NZ0Y
Book 3 – Her Grave Secrets (Rogue River #3)  –  November 4, 2014 
Book 4 – Walking on Her Grave (Rogue River #4) – November 18, 2014

In a small town like Solitude, Oregon, keeping a secret can be murder. Stevie Taylor had left her sleepy Oregon hometown for a more exciting life. But after her police chief father passes away, the LAPD cop returns to Solitude and signs on as a patrol officer, hoping to heal from her loss…and from the horrific things she’s seen in the city. In Solitude, everyone knows everyone else’s business—and, to Stevie’s dismay, local gossip soon ties her to the new police chief and a man from her past. Tragedy then shakes up the small town when a teenager dies after taking a strange new drug. Now, the seasoned LA cop must hunt down the dealer while investigating the most important case of her life, one that could divide her tranquil town. The first of four thrilling Rogue River novellas, On Her Father’s Grave launches a new romantic suspense series from Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh.

In a small town like Solitude, Oregon, keeping a secret can be murder.
Stevie Taylor had left her sleepy Oregon hometown for a more exciting life. But after her police chief father passes away, the LAPD cop returns to Solitude and signs on as a patrol officer, hoping to heal from her loss…and from the horrific things she’s seen in the city.
In Solitude, everyone knows everyone else’s business—and, to Stevie’s dismay, local gossip soon ties her to the new police chief and a man from her past. Tragedy then shakes up the small town when a teenager dies after taking a strange new drug. Now, the seasoned LA cop must hunt down the dealer while investigating the most important case of her life, one that could divide her tranquil town.
The first of four thrilling Rogue River novellas, On Her Father’s Grave launches a new romantic suspense series from Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh.

On Her Father’s Grave by Kendra Elliot

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Small town suspense is the core for this four part series from Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh. Each take a different sister and tell their story with the back drop being of the deaths of a couple of kids that looks to be from a new drug that could be being manufactured and distributed from one of their own in the small town of Solitude, Oregon.

Kendra has Stevie Taylor who just recently comes back to Solitude after the death of her father who had been the Police Chief. Stevie left home at 18 and went to Los Angeles where she eventually was on the LAPD. After seeing her fare share of horrible things and after recently going home for her father’s funeral she decides she’s missed the small town life and her family and comes back to be a patrol officer on their small police force.

As this is just the first part we get good background on Stevie’s family and quite a few of the residents in Solitude and it doesn’t take long for Stevie or the reader to see something foul is going on in the town. At the end we are left with more questions than answers but the stage is set for the future books where hopefully we will get the answers to what is really going on.

 

 

 

In Solitude, Oregon, everyone has secrets…and some will kill to keep them. When she believes a teen is falsely accused of drug dealing, social worker Carly Taylor takes on a high-risk case and her estranged husband—the detective in charge of the investigation—to prove the boy innocent. A deadly new designer drug has taken hold of her small rural hometown of Solitude, Oregon, and Carly is determined to find the real dealer and clear the teen’s name. But the deeper she digs into the case, the more danger she unearths, until someone decides it’s time for Carly to move on…permanently. Investigator Seth Harding knows he can’t stop his wife when she has a child to protect. But he risks any chance of reconciliation with Carly if he can’t learn to accept her dangerous job. When a drug dealer decides Carly is getting too close, will Seth lose her altogether? A pulse-pounding Rogue River novella, Gone to Her Grave is the second exciting addition to the new romantic suspense series from Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot.

In Solitude, Oregon, everyone has secrets…and some will kill to keep them.
When she believes a teen is falsely accused of drug dealing, social worker Carly Taylor takes on a high-risk case and her estranged husband—the detective in charge of the investigation—to prove the boy innocent. A deadly new designer drug has taken hold of her small rural hometown of Solitude, Oregon, and Carly is determined to find the real dealer and clear the teen’s name. But the deeper she digs into the case, the more danger she unearths, until someone decides it’s time for Carly to move on…permanently.
Investigator Seth Harding knows he can’t stop his wife when she has a child to protect. But he risks any chance of reconciliation with Carly if he can’t learn to accept her dangerous job. When a drug dealer decides Carly is getting too close, will Seth lose her altogether?
A pulse-pounding Rogue River novella, Gone to Her Grave is the second exciting addition to the new romantic suspense series from Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot.

Gone to Her Grave by Melinda Leigh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The plot thickens in the 2nd book in this four part series from Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh. Each take a different sister and tells their story with the back drop being of the deaths of a couple of kids that looks to be from a new drug that could be being manufactured and distributed from one of their own in the small town of Solitude, Oregon.

Melinda part is about Carly Taylor who is a social worker whose calls have increased since the new drug has hit town. A lot more of the residents of Solitude may be involved in the making and selling of the deadly drug that’s killing people. When a kid is accused of being someone selling the drug by another kid Carly is called in and believes he is innocent but her investigation and job have her dealing with some unsavory parents which puts her in harm’s way.

Carly’s husband Seth has been transferred to the Drug Task Force and with the sudden influx of deaths from the new drug his job has gotten more stressful. Added to that stress he and Carly are separated. Carly and their daughter have been living with her mother since she left him. Seth has some issues with thinking a wife shouldn’t work outside the home and especially not at a job as dangerous as the one Carly has. You can tell deep down that Seth is a good guy and loves his wife and daughter but boy does he need to enter the 21st century when it comes to women.

Again more questions than answers at the end of this one but your curiosity is defiantly running on over drive wondering whose behind everything. This one hit a little more on the emotion side with Carly’s job. Being a social worker and having to deal with abused wives and children isn’t a job I think I could handle. The author didn’t pull any punches in showing us the ugly side of domestic abuse, which for this gal who likes the dark and twisted kept me turning the pages.

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