Detective Caleb Nash’s childhood kidnapper has never been caught, and not even reuniting with his family has healed the scars.
Then he meets guarded, beautiful Nina Drake.
Damaged by her own past and living in self-imposed isolation, Nina tries to keep her distance from the cowboy lawman.
But when she’s the target of mysterious attacks, only Caleb can keep her safe. Will his vow to protect resurrect his own childhood torments?
I am thrilled about this new series by Ms. Snell and Reining In Trouble sets the stage for the upcoming stories well, whetting the appetite for more to come.
The Nash family with their tight bond is just in my alley, and the triples, their past drama, and their triplet connection is something I am intrigued about.
Nina Drake is a survivor. The childhood turmoil she went through, losing her mother, and the aftermath, has shaped her as a woman. A new start, with a low profile, at the Nash resort is what she was looking. But that does not seem to be her destiny.
Nina was not an easy heroine - for me - to connect with at first, but once she comes out of her shell, she shines brightly. She is brave, she is kind, she is not afraid to run towards the fire when others are looking for shelter. She has the inner strength to survive the unimaginable, she just has to be willing to connect with it.
Caleb Nash seems to be an easygoing cowboy detective, yet there are more layers to him than meets the first glance. The past drama he and his siblings experienced has left a mark in him. I wanted to know more about the triplets connection to each other, about their survival and healing from kidnapping, yet what left me wanting here might be more in-depth in the upcoming books of the series.
The meet-cute between Caleb and Nina has equal doses of heat, humor, and awkwardness.
The focus of the story is mostly in the investigation until the desire overwhelms, takes over, and WOW, I felt it to my toes as I was reading about the deepening feelings and passion between Nina and Caleb.
The past trauma and the current trouble twine together in Nina's mind and subconscious causing her nightmares. There is a dream scene in the book that had me taking notice - it is so vivid, so dreamlike, and without pointing it out specifically being a dream at first, the author does such a superb job writing about the dream, there is no question in the reader's mind of what is going on. I absolutely loved it!
Smalltown vibes and tight family energy - people who stick together during the good times as well as the times of trouble - a town that is facing unexpected arson cases and personal attacks that have the law enforcement on their toes and the Nash family on point.
Great summer reading for all who enjoy stories with potent suspense, ardent yet cute romance with delightful characters, in a small-town, cowboy-type world.
~ Four Spoons