In the second book of The Coltons of Texas series, a brooding cowboy tracks the stalker after his true love—and unborn child
With an imprisoned serial killer for a father, rancher Ethan Colton never planned on continuing the tainted family name. But six months after a night of passion with a woman from his past, Ethan discovers he's about to be a dad.
Beautiful, independent Lizzie Conner turns up at his Texas ranch expecting nothing but protection from the guarded cowboy. A stalker is fast on her trail, leaving creepy gifts and notes threatening her and the baby.
Now all that matters to Ethan is keeping his unexpected family safe—and out of a killer's clutches.
What a great story! This is one of those books, that once you start it is very hard to put down, until you finish it, and then you wish it would continue on, because you feel attached to the characters, and you want to hang around them. Thankfully, this is book two in a new series, so there's more opportunity for that.
I adored Ethan and Lizzie together, they had the chemistry, the attraction is palpable, and when they are in close proximity to each other, they just melt, become one, always standing together against the threat, danger, and malice of the world.
And they talk, they talk about the hard things, the difficult topics, about life, the choices they made, the memories they share, they talk to each other, you know, like normal people do. And they don't always agree, they argue, they even fight couple times. But they are willing to admit their weaknesses, they admit when they are wrong, or are acting like a jerk, they take a stock, stand back, and adjust as needed. You really see how they grow even closer together, and how they grow as parents to be, as a couple, as people.
And while all this is going on, the story doesn't lack suspense, fear, danger, action, even murder. The story is built so well, that the multiple layers of threat and danger exists at the same time as the romance is developing. It is intense, the jeopardy is constant, and the instability is growing.
The siblings, the Coltons, have had a hard life, with their mother dead, by their serial killer father, and Josie, the youngest of them missing, my heart went out for them. But they have all managed to build a good life, a life to be admired, they are solid, hard working people, who support each other, and stand together, no matter how hard it is at times, and how much they annoy each other every now and then.
Oh yes, the Coltons has won my heart, and I will look forward to get to know them better as the year folds out, and more books come out in the series.
~ Five Spoons