Several years ago, Michael Craven gave up his career as a detective when his fiancé was killed and her killer never caught. Living with the guilt, he throws himself into his Montana ranch and his solitary existence. But, when a serial killer starts making his way through a nearby town, Michael is asked to come back and help a good friend and fellow detective, solve the crime. In doing so, he must hire someone to take his place on the ranch.
When horse trainer, Jess Stanson shows up, it takes Michael by surprise. Jess turns out to be Jessica. Jessica convinces him to let her stay. Over time they established a fragile friendship. Although, on the inside both feel more but, Michael's past prevents him from being anything but distant and serious.
As Michael works diligently to track down the killer he finds that Jessica is the only witness to the case. Vowing to protect her with his life and keep his growing feelings separate is no easy task. When Jessica becomes a target it becomes personal for Michael and he can no longer deny his love for this spirited woman. He will do anything to protect her, including giving his own life. (From Goodreads)
First of all, I wanted to apologize with Aris for taking so long to write this review. Second, I want to apologize to my readers, for not posting for so long. I'm with some problems, and they make really difficult to write anything at all. Okay, but for now, let's forget it.
I can just say one thing about this book: I loved it! I loved the romantic parts, loved the mystery part, loved the characters and everything else! The story begins with Michael, retired homicide detective, who has the guilty of never being able to catch his fiancée murder. So now, he lives in a ranch in Montana with his horses, but the past always come.
His old partner Dan, who is now the homicide chief, asks Michael if he can help the force to catch a serial killer, who has been murdering young girls in the city. He accepts to help, so he needs to hire somebody to take his place in the ranch, while he's busy following leads. This is when, he hires Jess Stanson. The problem is: He doesn't now that Jess is Jessica, and he gets very surprised and angry with this fact, but with time and Jess insistence, they build a friendship. The only problem is: After a little trip to the city, Jess saw the killer. And now he's watching her. How Michael will deal with that? And what he's going to do to stop the murder, before he gets the woman that he loves?
I love when the emotions that the characters are expressing are so real, that you think "That could happen to me too! And I would do/feel the same thing as her!" I felt that with Jess and Michael. I felt connected with them, so I could understand their emotions. And another thing that was that Jess and Michael didn't fall in love in 30 seconds, are in the bed in one day and planning their life in the rest of the book. Everything happened so calmly and smoothly, principally because of Michael's dead fiancée.
In the end... They mystery part... That was good. I loved how Aris balanced the
romance, but without letting the mystery get boring and easy for the readers.
Well, I recommend this book for everybody who loves a great romance and a great mystery all together in one place.
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