Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Date published: 2-03-2012
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
At the age of seven, Carrie Nolan survived a pedophile’s attack, but her little sister was killed and she’s never forgiven herself. Now a true crime novelist with a new name, Dana Moretti returns to the Hill Country to see if she can find fresh evidence to expose the man who ruined her life and that of so many other people.
As events spin out of control, ex-Marine Sheriff Cole Landry is determined to protect Dana, and is beginning to agree her theories may not be as far off-the-mark as other people think.
As one has come to expect from Desiree Holt, this is a powerful story that draws the reader in from the very first paragraph, with compelling characters, and fast-paced action. Although parts of this story are quite dark, the author has balanced well an indication of the hideous crimes of the villain, with the suspense of the story, and the lighter touch of the growing romance between the hero and heroine. Desiree understands the Hill Country and the people there, and it shows in every line of her writing, in the townspeople’s attitudes and responses as the situation unfolds. The reader will relate to both hero and heroine as they deal with the people as well as the events, and cheer for the hero at the appropriate time.
For me the book was ruined because I guessed the villain only a few chapters into the story. Several other possibilities were raised but it was no contest in my mind who he was, and that killed an important part of the tension the author aimed to create.
Twice the POV changed mid-scene with no line break which was rather head-banging, but overall the book was very engrossing and I really did want the hero and heroine to overcome all their problems.
Please note the heat rating for this book. It’s an erotic romance secondarily, and primarily suspense.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.