Uncovering secrets and exposing truth
are all in a day’s work for private investigator Sterling Aegar. But when her
latest case threatens to reveal her own buried feelings for an old love,
Sterling runs for cover.
A body in the bathtub and pleas from a
jilted wife to find her wayward husband mean a welcome break from the usual
humdrum cases Sterling and her sister, Lacey, are called to investigate. But
when Sterling’s old flame, Detective Ben Kirby, walks into the murder scene,
she feels her world spin out of control. Danger from thugs and murderers poses
no greater threat than the peril she’d suffer if she lets daredevil Ben get too
Seeing Sterling for the first time in
two years is for Ben like drinking in a healing tonic. He could never forget
the way it felt to run his hands over her delicious curves or the way she
touched his soul. She remains the one person who can make the emptiness in his
gut go away. Finding the murderer is his job, but protecting Sterling from
people is his mission.
As the case unfolds, Sterling and Ben
not only solve the murder and locate the missing husband, they confront secrets
that set them each free from a painful past.
Here’s a peek at the main
characters’ first meet up in since their break up two years ago, told from the
hero’s point of view.
Ben stood behind the richly
embroidered drapes at the condo’s living room window and
discreetly watched Sterling walk
to the car as he shuffled paperwork through his fingers. Her
petite frame, dressed in a slim
gray suit, pulled his attention as though he had no control.
That’s the way it was with her.
He hadn’t seen her for two years, but all during that time he’d
been unable to will her out of
his thoughts for very long. Seeing her up close and feeling her
presence today had stirred up old
feelings inside him. After they’d gotten together, the terrible
aloneness he’d grown to live with
had vanished. It hadn’t mattered that before she’d come along
he’d had no one, no family,
because she’d completely filled the emptiness in his gut. Then when
she left, he’d felt all the more
alone for having known but lost her.
chestnut-colored hair had grown longer, brushing gently against her slim
shoulders. He liked it. And the
two years apart had worn beautifully on her fine-boned face. She
looked even lovelier than he
remembered. In the brief moments he’d stood next to her, he’d
taken in everything: her shapely
curves, her intense, blue-green eyes, her sensuously curved lips
the color of a rich Merlot wine.
Ben’s stomach tightened. It had
to happen sooner or later, he thought to himself. Even though
Sterling had left his life, it
seemed inevitable that they’d run into each other sometime while
working a case. He’d like to
think it meant their destinies were intimately intertwined. That even
though their paths might
occasionally diverge and meander, they were actually headed in the
same direction. She’d been
emphatic at their breakup that there was no future for the two of
them—that they wanted different
things in life—but he just didn’t believe it. He believed in
possibilities, and though in the
interim he’d given Sterling her space, the hope remained strong in
him that eventually, along the
way, they would come together again, perhaps even stronger than
Ben watched Sterling drive away
and couldn’t help himself. Was it too much to hope maybe
this time it could be different?
Lynn Crandall started spinning stories as a child
when she tried to entertain her younger sister at night when they were supposed
to be going to sleep. In the dark, her stories typically took on a scary or
paranormal element -- didn't do much to put them to sleep. Today, she hopes her
stories still fail to put readers to sleep, but rather take them on a journey.
That's what she’s been on since she decided to make writing her focus. As a
reporter and magazine feature writer, she truly enjoys learning as she works on
stories. As a romance writer, she enjoys doing the research and following an
evolving story of the characters.
Let me start out by saying I am a "romantic suspense junky" I love this type of story-line. This specific story was not one of my favorites. It seemed to be a bit choppy in the romance department. I understood, through the book, that Ben & Sterlling had a past together. I kind of wish we were shown more of it. This might have given me a better Idea of their relationship now. But overall they "worked" as a couple. I just added a few of my own ideas in my head as I went along.
The suspense part was fine. I was not able to "figure it all out" so that is a plus for me.
I was not quite sure if I liked the parts about Sterling's sister, Lacey and what she was involved with through-out the story (not gonna tell-it will give too much away) but by the end I actually "got it" and was pleaseed
Overall rating-3 keys
*this book was supplied by the author for my honest review
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