She knows who killed his wife…if she could only remember
A woman screaming into a phone sends Riker County detective Matt Walker racing to the rescue of his onetime nemesis, Maggie Carson. Four years ago, the green-eyed journalist accused him of killing his wife.
Her first solid lead in the case she can't let go just landed Maggie in the custody of the Alabama lawman who hates her. The single mother can't remember the past twenty-four hours and now there's a target on her back.
As they move closer to the truth…as desire turns enemies into passionate allies, Matt will move heaven and earth to protect Maggie—and the love that's bigger than both of them.
A mesmerizing tale that charmed me with the strong, smart, capable, kick-ass heroine who truly was equal to the hero, the detective who couldn't stand her or her past actions.
I have to say I am impressed how the author played the troublesome relationship between the leading lady and the man. The dislike is palpable at the beginning of the story, and to get from that state of mind to a believable, authentic, romantic relationship - this is romantic suspense, so it is expected, no spoilers here - in the shorter category length novel, and succeed in it like the case is here, I have to say 'well done'.
Because the attraction between Matt Walker and Maggie Carson is obvious, even a stranger can feel it in-between them. But also there is a much deeper bond, an understanding of each other, genuinely caring for each other, 'getting' each other that shines through as the story progresses. They make an impeccable team where the respect and appreciation are shown in every word and action.
The tension and fear escalate with each threat and attack towards Maggie and Matt. The unknown abyss, the memory loss, the lacking information and clues to the old murder case and the present aggressions, and the constant malice towards them puts everyone's lives in peril while the culprit stays at large. The twists towards the end kept me on the edge, the conclusion taking me by surprise, an accomplishment in itself.
A riveting, exciting, and arresting story on both accounts; on romance and suspense. I adored the mature, smart, well-developed characters who were not afraid of emotions and to feel to the bottom of their being. The distressing investigation into the past and the present danger and the perils that follow provides nail-biting action with a jolting conclusion.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Published December 19th 2017 by Harlequin Intrigue
Tyler Anne Snell spends her days plotting murders, creating mysteries, and weaving sexual tension, romance, and can't-live-without-you love throughout each. When she isn't writing romantic suspense she's reading urban fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and falling even more in love with Netflix.
Tyler lives in South Alabama with her same-named husband, their mini lions, and a burning desire to meet Kurt Russell.
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