One small town.
One dead sheriff.
A town with secrets.
Newly appointed sheriff Trent Stone is investigating the murder of his predecessor. This leads him to Misty Grove, a town lined with innocent diners and general stores, but his gut instinct tells him that nothing is what it seems.
It doesn’t help that his first encounter with one of its citizens is at the end of her shotgun.
A beautiful hellion.
Cassandra Reed is unlike any woman he has ever met. She’s tough and sassy, yet her eyes hold a vulnerability that calls to his protective side. Trent’s dedication to his job has always caused the demise of his previous relationships, so what is it about Cassie now that compels him to risk it all, especially when she has made it clear she doesn’t need his protection?
When Cassie brushes off injuries from a suspicious incident, Trent’s need to serve and protect deepens into an alarming obsession over a woman who challenges his every instinct of self-preservation. Staying away from her is not an option, and he will be damned if he lets Cassie deny the growing attraction between them.
But when the town’s secrets are revealed, he discovers he’s in over his head. As a mere sheriff, the menace that looms over Misty Grove is way above his pay grade. Before the threat can rip away the woman who has come to mean everything to him, Trent will have to make a tough decision. One that will give him and Cassie a fighting chance at a future together.
*Strong sexual content and language. Can be read as a standalone, but may leave questions about secondary characters who will become the protagonists in upcoming books.
I loved Cassie’s character, she is full of sass and she is a strong independent woman who keeps Trent on his toes. Their chemistry was off the charts and the plot twists had my adrenaline kicking overdrive.
Trent and Cassie
“Miss, you do realise I could haul you into lockup for threatening an officer of the law.”“I’m the one with the gun, Sheriff,” came the saucy reply, and there was no mistaking the amused tone behind it.
Colt talking about Trent.
“He never really faltered, even after the initial shock of witnessing Cassie go all Xena Warrior Princess on her abductors.”
Trent to Cassie.
“I see now why you want more dogs,” Trent remarked, never ceasing to be amazed at how Cassie trained their dog to do some of the housework. Thor started picking up Lincoln’s toys and depositing them in the designated crate.
The song that suits this book is ‘Freefallin by Zoe Badwi.’
I rate this book 5 stars.
Victoria Paige Bio:
I work as a freelance database administrator, and when I’m not geeking out, I write romantic suspense novels. I live in Richmond, Va—less than two hours away from Washington DC—so most of the settings of my books are in the nation’s capital—of course, I’m not averse to creating fictional towns and cities.
When I’m not arguing with the alpha male characters in my head, I love to watch high-octane action movies. I think Jack Bauer is the shit, which is why most of my characters are such badasses bent on saving the world from evil doers.
I love reading adult contemporary, paranormal, urban fantasy, historical, romantic suspense, and a few new adult fiction as well as military non-fiction.