A powerful start to a new mini-series, I admit I am hooked. There was a lot to like and enjoy in this book, a story that covers more than just the suspense and newly rekindled romance, it also gives glimpses to the thoughts of the secondary characters by switching the point of view a few times.
Lauren Jameson is a high school counselor who is dedicated to her students and making an effort to help them to map the best possible future for themselves. She takes her job seriously, and she genuinely cares for the students. While she herself was in high school she had a crush on the 'bad boy' of the school. The innocent and sweet friendship with him was just getting a chance to be something more when he was transferred.
Sheriff’s Deputy DJ Harris has turned his life around. The bad boy image he got as a kid is long gone, his focus is now on holding the law and keeping the citizens of Callahan County Colorado safe. DJ had wanted to get in touch with his high school crush, Lauren since he arrived back in their hometown, but not by telling her the remains of her long ago disappeared sister were found.
I liked the chemistry between DJ and Lauren. It was somehow so effortlessly natural for them to connect, for them to care for each other, for the passion to ignite, and the old feelings and emotions to light up again and deepen to be something more, something to build upon. They both grew up in challenging situations and learned to fend for themselves, this common ground giving them a solid foundation to understand each other, sympathize and get where the other was coming from.
The kids at the high school and their point of view to the events gave the story another dimension to enjoy. The county and its folks are an important part of the tale as well as setting up the series, and I found them intriguing.
The suspense was rather intense. The attacks towards Lauren are personal and threatening. DJ and the whole law enforcement are doing their best to solve the old murder mystery while keeping Lauren safe and alive despite many attempts to mess with her mind and the open threats to her wellbeing.
An engaging and pulsating story. A very promising start to the series with compelling characters, thrilling suspense, and adorable, ardent romance. The best part for binge readers: the books are published just a week apart from each other!
~ Four Spoons!
Cindi Myers worked as a newspaper reporter, travel agent and medical clinic manager before turning to writing full time. She's written both historical and contemporary romance, as well as dozens of short stories and nonfiction articles. Cindi thinks writers have the best job in the world.
Former president of San Antonio Romance Authors, Cindi is a member of Romance Writers of America, Novelists Inc., and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.
She and her husband and their two dogs live in the mountains Southwest of Denver. When she's not caught up in creating new characters and stories, Cindi enjoys reading, quilting, gardening, skiing and hiking. She's also in demand as a speaker, teaching workshops and making presentations to both local and national writing groups.