Monday 31 July 2017


Private investigator Esmeralda “Peach” Morales watches in horror as the crane her uncle is operating topples into Lake Erie. He disappears and she’s convinced he’ll be the scapegoat. She’ll do anything to prove he’s innocent. Seducing the lead investigator is just part of her strategy, at least that’s what she tells herself.

Thomas Riley is at Elderberry Farm when he learns of a deadly crane accident in Cleveland. The forensic investigator suspects sabotage and amid the rubble and mangled metal he uncovers a web of lies and deception. At the center of it all is a beautiful brunette who always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Both fiercely independent, they must learn to work together––inside and outside the bedroom––to unravel the mystery and clear her uncle’s name.

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In Lost in Deception (LOST #3) by Anita DeVito, Esmerelda 'Peach' Morales is determined to find out what happened to her uncle after she witnesses the crane he was operating topple into Lake Erie. Determined to make sure her uncle isn't blamed for the terrible tragedy, she'll investigate until she has the answers. Tricking forensic investigator, Thomas Riley, to get information shouldn't be a problem, but the more time she spends with him, the harder she finds it to deny there's something more between them than her using him. Will they be able to find the truth, so they can have a shot at happy ever after; or will their investigation cause the bad guys to do something drastic?

The first two books of this series are impressive with their hot, protective heroes; sassy and determined heroines; and storylines that I couldn't stop reading once I got started and this story was no different. The way this story started drew me into this story immediately because of what the heroine is going through. Will she get the answers she needs? Will she find her uncle? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine met where things get really intriguing, because of what the heroine is accused of due to her clothing and her need to seduce the hero into getting what she wants. Will her seduction attempt work? What is she willing to do to get the information she needs?

The dialogue was well-written, enthralling and I loved both the main characters, as they're tenacious in getting the answers of who sabotaged the crane operated by Esmerelda's uncle. Moreover, the dialogue was a wonderful combination of intense moments and teasing banter that had me charmed by the main characters growing relationship, the case they're working on, and the secondary characters that are willing to do whatever it takes to help Thomas and Peach no matter how dangerous things get.

As for the main characters, Peach and Thomas have very interesting back stories. Both have been hurt by past relationships in the way that neither felt good enough for the person they were with before everything went wrong. Yet, in saying that, I loved how both learnt to trust each other, once they decided that it was better to work together than keep trying to solve the investigation on their own. I also liked the close bond the heroine shared with her grandfather and that she would do anything in her power to get him the answers he deserves. Then again, she's always had a close relationship with her uncle, and I could understand her need for answers. While the hero, he's been through a lot in his past, and I could understand why he was so determined to prove himself when it comes to his job. He's very good at it, and I liked that he didn't give up on discovering the person responsible for sabotaging the crane, even though things become dangerous for him. I also liked how kind and caring he was towards the heroine's situation. She's lost her uncle and needs answers. 

Overall, Ms. DeVito has penned another really good read for this series where the chemistry was off-the-charts, the romance was hot and the ending had me on the edge-of-my-seat because of what the main characters go through. Will Peach and Thomas come out on top against the bad guys? However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, because of the heroine's surprise that has everyone rushing to help her. Yet, not before they honor Peach's request. I would recommend Lost in Deception by Anita DeVito, if you enjoy romantic suspense, the opposites attract trope or books by authors Cindy Skaggs, Tee O'Fallon, Sheryl Nantus and Maya Banks.

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Anita’s rapid paced storytelling style pulls readers into a parallel universe where mystery, mayhem, murder are the order of the day. Her stories are an addictive diversion, trading the heavy, gray world of real life for a fantastically colorful world where bad is good, and cool is smoking hot. Raised on America’s Rock Coast in Cleveland, Ohio, Anita was born while the river burned. Music, food and family shaped Anita’s life and provide much of the fodder for her stories. Her love of mysteries and puzzle solving came from her Grandpa John, who introduced Anita to her first detective hero – Nero Wolfe. Food was as central a character in Anita’s life as it was in Nero’s, where Sunday dinner at Nonna’s table was a command performance. Anita has been writing scorching mysteries and suspense since 2006 with stories ranging on the heat index from a “nice spicy little pepper” to “pass a mop for my forehead, please.” Check out tastes of Anita’s stories and like her on Facebook. Anita is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

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There's safety in solitude isn't there?

Templeton Cove #7
Rachel Brimble
Releasing Aug 8, 2016
Harlequin Superromance

In Ethan's Daughter (Templeton Cove #7) by Rachel Brimble, Leah Dixon isn't afraid to give reclusive best-selling author Ethan James a piece of her mind when it comes to his daughter's safety. However, when the trouble Ethan is facing lands on her doorstep, Leah is determined to help Ethan, even though he doesn't want anyone's help to deal with the danger he's facing because of his ex. Will Leah and Ethan be able to find a way to stop what's happening, or will they lose their shot at happy ever after?

This series has such wonderful characters and Leah and Ethan were a fantastic addition, except there were moments where I got frustrated with the heroine, as she didn't know when to back off. Certainly, her job as a nurse causes her to be protective of those that aren't strong enough to be able to protect themselves from harm, but Ethan had his reasons for how he wanted to handle the situation he found himself in. Will she respect his wishes? However, in saying that, I really enjoyed the growing relationship between this pair and everything these two go through on their journey to happy ever after.

The way this story started had me liking the heroine straight away, as she does the right thing by Ethan's daughter and then does her best to discover the truth from Ethan about what's happened to him. Will he tell her the truth? Furthermore, the dialogue was fascinating due to the main characters back stories, which has made Ethan uninterested in forever after. His ex is a real piece of work that only seems to care about herself. Will Leah be able to make the hero realize that she's not going anywhere? That she does fight for what's important. I also liked the bond he shared with his daughter and that he would do anything for her, even if it means protecting the young girl from her own mother.

While the heroine, she's strong and brave and I liked how she did what she thought was right, even though she knew Ethan might get upset with her. I also liked how kind and caring she was and that she would do anything to make her patients feel cool, calm and collected, even if they have the most painful of injuries. Yet, what I did find frustrating is how much pressure she put on Ethan to do the right thing for himself and for his daughter. Certainly, the threat was palpable, but why couldn't she see things from his perspective?

Overall, Ms Brimble has penned a wonderfully sweet, fast-paced, thrilling read in this seventh book of her Templeton Cove series where the chemistry between this pair was intense and the ending of this story had me concerned for the main characters. Will Ethan be able to keep Leah safe? However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, because after all that Leah and Ethan have been through, he had an important question to ask her. Would she accept? I would recommend Ethan's Daughter by Rachel Brimble, if you enjoy the opposites attract trope or books by authors Claire McEwen, Kristina Knight and Sharon Hartley.


There's safety in solitude isn't there?

Single dad and best-selling thriller writer Ethan James has no problem being Templeton Cove's most famous recluse until a surprise visit from the past plunges him into a real-life crime drama just as feisty nurse Leah Dixon barges her way into his world.

Ethan's first priority is to protect his daughter. His second priority is to keep Leah out of this dark web and that means out of his bed. Except Leah isn't going anywhere; she's afraid little Daisy is in danger.

Ethan couldn't live with himself if anything happened to Leah but pushing her away may be even harder!

Leah froze. How could she have been so stupid? He couldn’t possibly drive with his injured hand and now she’d have to endure sitting side by side with the man all the way to Clover Point. Which, strictly speaking, was a ten-minute drive tops…but still.

She forced a smile. “Of course, you are. I’ll grab a child seat from the trunk.”

Surprise widened his eyes. “You’ve got kids? I didn’t realize…”

“No.” She huffed a laugh. “But I am a little anal about being prepared for anything and everything.”

“Right.” His gaze softened with something that looked far too much like acceptance…as though he should have guessed as much. “Got it.”

Leah quickly looked away and walked to the back of her car. Shoving her first aid kit, car jack and mini tool box to the side, she pulled out one of the two child seats. Closing the trunk, she opened the back door and pushed the seat inside. She waved toward the open door. “All yours.”

She stood back as Ethan buckled Daisy safely inside, her gaze roaming over his strong back and perfectly edible ass encased in cargo pants. Sighing, and purposefully ignoring the twitch deep in her abdomen, she walked around to the driver’s side…but was too slow opening the door. Ethan’s steady gaze met hers over the car’s roof and for the first time in a long time, her automatic smile was far too long in coming.

She stood frozen to the spot.

The air seemed to charge with electricity as they stood staring at one another, until Leah broke the moment and took blessed escape by sliding into the driver’s seat.

Rachel Brimble lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eight coming in Feb 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press. 

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.


Catharsis of Writing Romance
This is such a great topic for a romance novelist as, in my opinion, emotions are the entire basis for any romance novel. I write contemporary romance, romantic suspense and historical romance but for each sub-genre, emotions such as joy, love, loss, bereavement, fear and courage are all felt the same today as they were in any past century. It’s the constant that we all share and always will.
As I create my characters and their goals, motivations and conflicts, I focus my mind on what issue will evoke the most emotion in the characters and the reader. This is a vital consideration if I want my readers to be wholly invested in the characters’ journeys and, ultimately, their happy ever after.
Romance writers also tend to use their stories to explore an issue they feel strongly about or as an avenue in which to purge a conflict they are enduring, or have endured, in the past. Hopefully, everyone has the opportunity to experience falling in love, but it’s not always a happy one. By the time we hit our mid-twenties (quite possibly younger), many of us would’ve experienced heartbreak, betrayal and/or disappointment. These memories and the feelings that we went through provide a melting pot of emotion to pour onto the page.
One of the hardest of my books to write was Saved By The Firefighter, but it was also one of the most cathartic. Just before I started writing this book, I had lost my beloved, ten-year-old black Labrador, Max. He was my first family dog and my constant companion. He was with me pretty much twenty-four-seven and would lay for hours at my feet while I worked. During our walks I would plot and plan, solve problems and gain new inspiration. He was everything to me.
When he died, I was literally struck down with grief. I was lost. Didn’t want to do or think about anything…and I had a deadline looming. I had to start work. But how?
That was when I knew the book I needed to write had to involve bereavement, a fight through the hero or heroine’s grief until they come out the other side, happier and stronger than they were before their loss. As soon as I believed the writing of this book could be my way of healing, of purging everything I was feeling and how much I was hurting, the writing began to flow.
I poured everything I had into every word, every scene and every character action and decision.
The feedback from readers has been fantastic! People have told me how Trent and Izzy’s story brought them hope, evoked tears and memories, but they finished the book smiling. Happiness! This is my aim when I write – to heal a little of something in me and in the lovely people who read my books.
For my latest release, Ethan’s Daughter, I tackled the issue of single parenthood and the mistakes we make raising our children and sometimes, often unconsciously, making decisions for them based on our own fears and concerns rather than what is best for our kids. We all know loving our children, the fears and caring we have for them, can bring out the best and worst in us. A subject I think I’ll write about over and over as my own children grow, change, learn and love.
Romance writing is therapy. Great therapy! And something I hope will help me through the good and bad times for many, many years to come.
Happy Reading,
Rachel x

Saturday 29 July 2017


Dangerous Minds
Knight and Moon #2
By Janet Evanovich
Releasing June 20th, 2017
Hachette Books

In Dangerous Minds (Knight & Moon #2) by Janet Evanovich, Emerson Knight can't help himself when someone asks for his help, and when Buddhist monk Wayan Bagus comes to him with a crazy story that his island has gone missing, Emerson decides to investigate. However, he can't do it without the aid of Riley Moon and his childhood partner in crime, Vernon. Will Emerson and Riley be able to find the truth, or will the bad guys make sure the truth never comes out?

My introduction to Ms. Evanovich's superb writing was her Stephanie Plum novels, but I've come to love everything she's penned, and this series totally makes me laugh. As Emerson is so eccentric and determined in his quest to solve a mystery that seems so unsolvable, and yet, he doesn't give up no matter what dangers he, Riley and Vernon face and make readers concerned that they may not be able to get out of.

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to what the bad guys were willing to do to keep Emerson and Riley from discovering the truth and telling others, which had me a tad scared for the pair, especially because Emerson is good at convincing Riley to go into a situation she'd much rather avoid. However, I loved learning all about volcanoes, flumes, and strange matter; topics I don't know much about, but found fascinating. Furthermore, I loved the teasing banter between Riley and Emerson as well as between the main and secondary characters, as Vernon has had an interesting past.

Both Emerson and Riley are brilliant characters and every moment they converse shows off their wonderful chemistry. Emerson loves to tease Riley, which is always fun, because it's a wait-and-read game whether she's going to be able to handle his teasing or take offence. Furthermore, Riley is strong and brave the way she faces everything thrown at her, which is proven by what she does to escape the dangerous situations she finds herself in. I also liked that she was willing to help Emerson, even when it's palpable she would rather run in the opposite direction away from him. While Emerson, he continues to impress me with his determination to solve a mystery that seems improbable to find the answers to. I also liked how persuasive he can be when it comes to convincing others to go along with his plans, even though they know what Emerson wants to do wouldn't be a good ide since the hero tends to lead them into dangerous situations.

Overall, Ms. Evanovich has penned another really good read for this series, which takes readers on a thrill ride of mystery and danger that had me on the edge-of-my-seat because of the trouble Emerson, Riley and Vernon find themselves in. However, in saying that, I loved the way this story ended due to the danger this mismatched trio face and what they learn about a 100-year-old conspiracy. I would recommend Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich, if you enjoy a good mystery novel or books by authors Stephanie Bond, Sue Grafton, Kathy Reichs and Linda Fairstein.

The irrepressibly charming duo of Emerson Knight and Riley Moon returns in another gripping mystery by #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

Buddhist monk Wayan Bagus lost his island of solitude and wants to get it back. The island was about two hundred miles northeast of Samoa. It had a mountain, beaches, a rain forest, and a volcano. And now it’s gone. Poof! Vanished without a trace.

Brilliant and boyishly charming Emerson Knight likes nothing better than solving an unsolvable, improbable mystery. And finding a missing island is better than Christmas morning in the Knight household. When clues lead to a dark and sinister secret that is being guarded by the National Park Service, Emerson will need to assemble a crack team for help. Since a crack team isn’t available, he enlists Riley Moon and his cousin Vernon. Riley Moon has a Harvard business degree and can shoot the eyes out of a grasshopper at fifty feet, but she can’t figure out how to escape the vortex of Emerson Knight’s odd life. Vernon has been Emerson’s loyal and enthusiastic partner in crime since childhood. He now lives in an RV behind Emerson’s house.

Together, this ragtag, mismatched trio will embark on a worldwide investigation that will expose a conspiracy one hundred years in the making.

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Fit for You
Truhart #4
By Cynthia Tennent
Releasing July 25th, 2017
Lyrical Shine

In Fit for You (Truhart #4) by Cynthia Tennent, Lily Shue has hit a rough streak with her career going from a fitness trainer on a reality TV show to taking a job in the small town of Truhart trying to help people lose weight. However, the task proves harder than she thought, especially with her being on crutches after injuring her knee. Even worse, the guy everyone loves around town isn't at all supportive of her quest, so how is she going to get the townspeople interested? Will he help Lily win the contest she's forced into to keep her job, or is their shot at happy ever after a lost cause?

Although I haven't read the other books of this series, I absolutely had a blast reading this story due to the wonderful main and secondary characters that entertained me with their teasing banter, intense moments and the obstacles the hero and heroine faced on their journey to happy ever after. Such as the hero, Edgar 'Edge' Callahan not being all for helping her when it came to getting the townspeople healthier and fitter; whether Lily can find a way to impress the people who gave her the opportunity she's been given; and whether Edge can find a way to win Lily's heart.

The way this story started had me amused by the heroine's reaction to the hero the moment she meets him, because he's nothing like she was expecting. Her words to him made me laugh, as she's judging him harshly based on his appearance and mode of transportation. Will she realize how wrong her judgment is the more time she spends with him? Moreover, Lily is resilient, courageous and I liked how determined she was to prove that what happened in her past doesn't rule her from being capable of helping the people of Truhart overcome their troubles when it comes to a health problem that affects a lot of people. I also liked how she handled everything thrown her way by people that believed she didn't have it in her to be able to help the people of Truhart, and I could understand why she reacts the way she does. Would she give up and leave Truhart? Would she fight to prove people wrong that she can do what she came to Truhart to do?

While the hero, I felt sorry for him, because of what happened in his past and I could understand why he doesn't like to talk about it, because it's palpable it makes him feel like a failure. I also liked the challenge the heroine provided for Edge, because he needed the wake up call she gives him; the one that says 'stop letting the past rule you'. Even though it was mighty difficult for him, because he could have achieved so much if what happened to him hadn't have happened. Moreover, the hero could be quite intense at times when it came to something he was passionate about, especially in the moments where he was trying to help the heroine. Could the heroine handle his intensity, his obsession to help her?

Overall, Ms. Tennent has penned a fascinating read in this book where the chemistry was strong due to this pair being at odds throughout this story, the romance was wonderful with the hero taking absolute care of the heroine and the ending had me sympathizing with what happens to the heroine, but had me overjoyed because of how things turned out for this couple. Certainly, Edge knows how to make Lily feel better with his declaration. I would recommend Fit for You by Cynthia Tennent, if you enjoy small town romances or books by authors Jen Gilroy, Cindy Kirk, Donna Kauffman and Kate Hewitt.

Small towns have the biggest hearts.

In the split-second it takes to injure her knee, Lily Shue’s life goes from rising star to small town reject. Forced to give up her role as a trainer on a hit reality fitness show, she takes a job in tiny Truhart, Michigan. By the time Lily arrives in the one horse town—on her crutches—she is well and truly fed up. And then a maniac nearly hits her with his garbage truck . . .

Edgar “Edge” Callaghan knows a little bit about broken bones—and broken dreams. A former skier and Olympic hopeful, Edge’s athletic career ended in injury, and took his love life with it, leaving him to bum around Truhart doing the occasional odd job, including driving his uncle’s teddy bear covered garbage truck. But something about the feisty new brunette in town tempts him to lace up his sneakers again. Even if it’s just to prove her wrong about him. And maybe to prove something to himself.

Lily and Edge may have started off on the wrong foot, but before long they realize they’re both moving in the same direction . . . toward each other.

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Friday 28 July 2017


Home to Roost
Sweethearts of Jubilee Springs #7
By Reina Torres
Releasing July 25th, 2017

In Home to Roost (Sweethearts of Jubilee Springs #7) by Reina Torres, all Brigid Belham wants is to get married, so she can feel as though she belongs. However, the man she's supposed to meet at Jubilee Springs isn't overly pleased with her, and so she discovers she needs a way to support herself. Yet, the moment she meets Livingstone Quinn; a man she prefers to call by his last name, she finds her life changing for the better. Will Brigid find her happy ever after with a man she never expected to meet, or will Livingstone let the woman he's falling in love with get away?

What an extremely entertaining, fast-paced, captivating read Ms. Torres has penned in this story, which had me riveted from start to finish due to the main characters back stories and their interactions, as Brigid shows Quinn that letting someone into his life is worth it; the interactions the main characters have with the animals the hero has on his property that left me amused; and the obstacles these two face on their journey to happy ever after, since Brigid spending alone time with Quinn raises eyebrows.

The way this story started had me sympathizing with the heroine, as she doesn't feel like she belongs anywhere now that her father is re-married. Will Jubilee Springs be a good place for her to set down roots? Furthermore, the heroine was strong and brave in how she handled everything she goes through from rejection of a man to judgment from people when it comes to the time she's been spending with Quinn. I also liked how determined she was to support herself when her plans for her future get disrupted. While the hero, he rather likes being alone, and yet, being around Brigid makes he rethink that decision, because she's the best person to come into his life. I also liked how kind and caring he was towards the heroine and how protective he was of her, especially in the moment where she didn't deserve the animosity she was receiving from a certain someone.

Overall, Ms. Torres has penned a wonderfully sweet read in this book where the main characters were fantastic, the secondary characters have me looking forward to reading more books in the Sweethearts of Jubilee Springs series, and the ending had me charmed by the hero's determination to achieve happy ever after with the heroine. No way was he going to let her get away. I would recommend Home to Roost by Reina Torres, if you enjoy sweet western romances or books by authors Caroline Clemmons, Kathleen Ball, Vivi Holt and Kit Morgan.

She didn’t have a place to belong. He thought he was happy by his lonesome. When she stumbled into his life, everything changed.
Brigid Belham had always done what was expected. She worked for her father in his accounting office and managed his home. When he married, she knew it was her time to move on, and traveled to Jubilee Springs to meet a prospective husband. Her ‘best laid plan’ goes horribly awry, leaving her stranded. Caught in a storm of both rain and tumultuous emotions she ends up lost in the woods, until she’s found by a mountain man grumpier than a bear. All he wants to do is send her away. What if she wants to stay? 

Most people in Jubilee Springs know him as a hermit, a mountain man who hardly talks and likes company even less. His parents named him Livingstone Quinn, but unlike his namesake, he doesn’t want to explore. He doesn’t want to discover. He just wants his peace and quiet, all by his lonesome with his animals on his homestead. When Brigid literally falls at his feet, he keeps telling her she needs to leave, but shocks himself when he keeps finding reasons for her to stay. What will he do when he runs out of excuses? 

In the whole wide world they managed to find each other. Would they walk away from their happiness, or would they bring their love home to roost? 

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Thursday 27 July 2017


Release Week Celebration for THE HUNTING GROUNDS by NYT Bestselling Author, Katee Robert!

"Katee Robert has definitely picked up the romantic suspense genre and made it her bitch. I can’t wait to see what we get next. Given some of the books I see she’s been using for research, I know it’s going to be frightening and amazing at the same time."—Goodreads Review

The Hunting Grounds
Hidden Sins #2
by Katee Robert
Romantic Suspense
 July 25, 2017
Montlake Romance
318 pages
Digital and Paperback
ISBN: 978-1503946705

In The Hunting Grounds (Hidden Sins #2) by Katee Robert, Maggie Gaines couldn't hack it as an FBI agent, not after the case she worked that caused her to burn out from such a promising career. So, now she works as a ranger at Glacier National Park and when there's a murder inside the park, Maggie finds herself teaming up with her old FBI partner, Vic Sutherland, to help solve the crime. However, the more time Vic and Maggie spend together, the more the danger begins to close in on them. Will the pair be able to solve the crimes being committed before the killer sets their sights on them, or will their shot at happy ever after slip them by?

What an incredibly-satisfying, fast-paced, entertaining read Ms. Robert has penned in this story, which took me on a wild ride with the plot twists and turns that left me wanting to discover what happened next. Why was the killer targeting the people they were? Will Vic and Maggie identify the killer before it's too late? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time where this story became an absolute page turner for me, because this pair have instant chemistry that just continues to get stronger throughout. Will they finally have a chance at happy ever after now that Vic is available to pursue a relationship with Maggie?

As for the dialogue, it was absolutely riveting due to the main characters back stories, the obstacles these two face on their journey to happy ever after and the overly descriptive display of the bodies that had me imagining how badly the victims suffered. Moreover, the heroine is strong and brave and I liked her determination to help Vic solve the case, as it proves she still has what it takes to succeed as an FBI agent, if she ever decided to go back to the bureau. I also liked how far she's willing to go to protect those that need her. While the hero, he's confident, determined to find the killer and I liked how protective he was of the heroine. He would do anything to keep her safe, which is proven by what happens towards the end. 

Overall, Ms. Robert has penned a sensational read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was powerful, the romance hot and the ending had me on the edge-of-my=seat and worried for one of the main characters safety. Will they come out on top against the person responsible for the murders? However, I was completely satisfied by how things worked out for Vic and Maggie because these two are good together. I would recommend The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert, if you enjoy romantic suspense, the second chance romance trope or books by authors Cynthia Eden, Bella Jewel, Alexandra Ivy and Mary Burton.

For two FBI agents with a past, love becomes a matter of life and death in the new Hidden Sins novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert.
Maggie Gaines used to be an FBI agent—top of her class and one of the bright, up-and-coming stars—until she spectacularly fell apart during her first high-profile case. That was eight years ago. Now she’s a ranger at Glacier National Park, and she’s found some measure of peace. But when the body of a murdered woman is discovered, she must finally put the past behind her and work with the one man she thought she’d never see again.
For months, Vic Sutherland has been hunting a killer who’s been targeting unsuspecting hikers in national parks—and now the predator has come to Glacier. Vic knows the case will bring him face-to-face with his former partner, yet nothing can prepare him for seeing Maggie again after all these years, or for the memories of passion it stirs in both of them.
As the investigation brings them closer together—and closer to the killer—Maggie and Vic fear they have only each other to trust. But even that might not be enough to make it out of Glacier alive.

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Vic’s gaze fell on his phone. Maggie’s number was now in the contacts folder. It would be easy to dial it, just to check on her.
Except it was late, and she hadn’t asked for him to babysit her.
He’d gone years without seeing her, and now that they were in the same general area, it was like they were two magnets that could barely resist the pull. He wanted to hear her voice, to sit her down and share a meal that wasn’t military issue, to actually talk.
His phone rang, which startled him so much he almost dropped it. Vic stared at the screen for several precious seconds, wondering if he was more tired than he’d thought, because it sure as fuck looked like Maggie was calling him. “Sutherland.”
“It’s me.”
He sat on the edge of the bed, suddenly painfully aware that he wore only a towel. It shouldn’t matter. She couldn’t see him, didn’t know what he was or wasn’t wearing, but it did matter. “Hey, Maggie.”
“I have to apologize.” He could almost feel her soft sigh. “You were right, and I was acting like a stubborn kid. This whole thing—the murders in the park and having to deal with my past and you—has got me all twisted up.”
Maybe it was the events of the last two days, but he was so goddamn tired of doing the noble thing. He never put himself or his personal shit before a case. Not once.
He’d never wanted to before.
“I twist you up?”
“As if you didn’t know. I had something of a crush on you when we were partners—which I’m sure you knew after I threw myself at you—and apparently I didn’t outgrow it as much as I thought.”
The dimness of the room evoked an intimacy he didn’t deserve. Was Maggie sitting in her bedroom in low light, too? He liked the picture that made. “You have nothing to apologize for.”
“I’ve been making an ass of myself since you stepped off that helicopter.” She shifted, the sound painfully loud in the near silence. “And I’m doing it again, apparently. My whole point was that I’m sorry and I’ll be professional from now on. You don’t have to worry about any breakdowns or hissy fits.”
If he was smart, he’d take her apology for what it was and allow it to move them back to solid ground. There were lives on the line and a condensed timeline that was only going to get more condensed with each body that popped up.
But when Vic spoke, he didn’t move them back to firm ground. He threw them right over the edge of the cliff. “Fuck being professional. I want you, Maggie. Not the former FBI agent. Not the park ranger. I want you.”

Praise for The Hidden Sins Series

“…a captivating read, made all the more rewarding when good triumphs.” —Washington Post

“Robert shows off her impressive versatility in this fast-paced and inventive new Hidden Sins series. The small-town setting is a masterful blend of quaint and oppressive, which ratchets the menace and thrill factor. The protagonists carry the full weight of their pasts with them, making their growing relationship as compelling as the mystery element in The Devil’s Daughter. With plenty of twists and betrayals, this is a book that is sure to earn Robert a wealth of new fans.” RT Book Reviews

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension."  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 

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