Book reviews à la bookworm...The good, the bad, and everything in between.
When Sally Montgomery accepts Frederick Pierson's invitation for a weekend getaway, she has no idea, she'd end her Saturday on the run from a killer who's just bashed Frederick's head in and torched their cabin. Concussed and scared, she knows there's only one man she can turn to, only one man to make sure to catch the killer before the killer catches her—her ex-husband, ex-NYPD detective Peter "Monty" Montgomery.
Monty's gut is telling him there's something fishy going on in the Pierson clan, so in order to protect Sally and catch the killer, he recruits his oldest daughter Devon, a veterinarian, to infiltrate the family, but neither of the two expected both Frederick's nephews, cousins James and Blake, to set their eye on Devon. And while James is easily dismissed as self-centered and fake, it's Blake that catches Devon's eye and her emotions. But is Blake's interest real or just a diversionary tactic to keep Devon from poking around too much?
Yet another winner from this amazing author. And intense, fast-paced (faster that the previous books) page-turner with a perfect blend of romance and suspense. What I like in her books is the fact, the heroine (and subsequently the reader) isn't entirely sure about the hero's motivations and allegiances at the beginning of the story. It keeps you guessing and it keeps you wondering.
The second thing I like about her books is the maturity. Not only of the plots themselves, which are always well-researched, well-paced, and perfectly executed, but of the characters. The main characters (that end up forming the main romantic couple) are incredibly mature and grown-up; they actually communicate, they talk and listen, they argue, and they compromise. But they communicate, which results in a more mature storyline and romance without the unnecessary (and sometimes downright annoying) miscommunications, misconceptions, and conflicts for conflicts sake. There always is a conflict at the beginning of the story (thanks to the before-mentioned ambiguity and doubts about the hero's motivations), but they're always promptly resolved rather early on, leaving the plot to evolve and progress without any redundant ballast.
This story was no different. The heroine, her father, and this particular reader, all had their doubts about the hero, doubts that were put aside by a single honest conversation, and weren't brought back for the rest of the story.
The romance was solid, and although you could say it was rushed, having developed in a little more than a week, thanks to the narrative flow, and the complexity of the plot, it seemed much more time has elapsed. No feelings of haste there.
The two main characters were nicely "layered", and complimenting each other well, thanks to some of their similar traits (family loyalty, for example). They worked well together individually, and as a couple, making the romance believable and organic.
The suspense was also well-done, even though I didn't actually get the motive for the initial murder. It was a tad too convoluted, but that "hiccup" aside, the entire suspense sub-plot was intense and fast-paced, and the mystery kept me engaged, entertained, and guessing as to who all the players were. Who was the bad guy? Why? Who was using whom and to what purpose? And that final action scene, with the running against the clock, it certainly got the blood pumping.
I loved it.