The Coltons of Texas saga reaches its thrilling climax with a tale of Christmas justice!
Ex-cop Reid Colton is working double-time to help beautiful widow Penelope Barrington Clark. While investigating her dad, his family lawyer, the two are also trying to uncover who murdered Pen's husbandall while keeping their relationship professional! But when a bullet and their forbidden attraction change everything, it's Reid to the rescue, determined to guard Pen and her son with his life.
The last thing Penelope wants is to fall for a sexy Colton who's not looking for forever. Yet as Christmas approaches and their investigation heats up, the three start to feel like a family. And the best present of all? Solving the Colton clan's biggest mystery!
I have truly enjoyed this series, but this last book turned out to be my favorite one! It has great mysteries to be solved, the case of missing patriarch needing to come to conclusion, there are the old friends who need to find their peace with each other, a little boy who deserves a father, and the Colton family who always manage to get some drama and trouble stirred up wherever they go.
Pen and Reid has an interesting history between them. Reid actually introduced Pen's husband to her, and then later on Reid was accused of killing Andrew, his partner in the law enforcement and her husband. They used to be acquaintances, even friends. Reid has
always found her attractive, but now they have so much hostility, remorse, guilt, and anger in-between them it is going to take an effort for them to work on the mysterious information coming to the light about Pen's father and her husband, Andrew. The chemistry between Pen and Reid was amazing. And this novel takes it time to develop, it is not a day or two but weeks of time, and when the slow heat between them turns into a sizzling burn they both have a strong reaction.
And while they are in hiding and investigating, the growth, the development in both of them is evident. Reid has to face his past as the rich playboy with no commitments to slow him down. And Pen has to take the steps to move on from Andrews death, his father's betrayal, and dare to embrace life anew. That part of the story was like watching a sunrise, there was such a light and joy in their discoveries and beauty in their fragile attempts to approach each other.
And them - BAM and we are in the middle of a high-speed action, and it is happening in several places at the same time with deadly force and attempt. It is fierce, bloody, and horrifyingly intimidating. I was coming off my seat with tension as the crescendo hit the story.
An absolutely marvelous ending to the series, breathtaking at times, gave a conclusion to most of the questions. The case of a missing patriarch I wanted more answers for, but even though this was the end of the series, somehow I got the impression there are some of the Colton's we might be hearing again later on. Maybe. Wishful thinking?
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me