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400 pages, Kindle Edition
First published October 25, 2011
Something very, very bad was going on.
Lena Riddle might be blind but there is nothing wrong with her ears and when she hears a woman scream in the woods behind her house, she knows that the woman is in terrible danger. But because the police of Ash, the small town she lives in, can’t find any physical evidence, they dismiss it as part of her imagination. But Lena knows what she heard and she fears for what happened to the unknown woman.
Ezra King is on leave from the state police after a horrible shooting where he found out that his partner was dirty. He’s having trouble overcoming the memories that haunts him, when he’s awake and asleep. But when he sees Lena, he can’t stop his immediate attraction to her. He wants to touch her, to get to know her, but his guilt and memories won’t allow him to pursue what they can have. However when he hears her story about the woman screaming behind her house, he knows she’s not the type to lie, and his instinct tells him that Lena’s life might be in danger too. And he knows he can’t stay away from her anymore, the need to protect her and make her his too strong to ignore.
“As crazy as my life has been the past couple of weeks, it feels … complete. And it’s because you’re in it.”
I loved the heroine of this book. Lena Riddle might be blind but she doesn’t let that stop her from living her life to the fullest. I loved that she was a successful chef and how strong, confident and independent she was. She’s so playful with how she teased Ezra and her loyalty to her friends, how fiercely she stands up for them made me love her more. She’s definitely someone I would have loved being friends with. And her dog Puck was awesome and I loved the relationship between them.
Every time he saw her, every time he talked to her, he wanted her more, liked her more.
Needed her more.
I loved how instantly attracted Ezra was to Lena, and that her being blind didn’t make him think differently about her. I was a bit upset with him when he pushed her away in the beginning because his demons from his past reared their ugly heads and made him think that he wasn’t ready to pursue something serious with Lena. But what made me love him was his immediately belief in her when no one else wanted to believe that she heard that woman’s scream, and that he apologised for acting like an ass and realised that he couldn’t ignore how he felt about her anymore.
“I think I’m falling in love with you. I didn’t want this, I sure as hell didn’t plan this, but it’s there anyway and damn it, Lena, it would kill me if something happened to you.”
Shiloh Walker sure knows how to write VERY steamy romance. The sexy times between Lena and Ezra was SCORCHING and I loved it!! I loved that once Ezra decided he wasn’t going to stay away from Lena anymore he was all in, there was no more pushing away for him and I loved that Lena was the cautious one that she worried about how fast they were falling for each other. But there was no denying that these two were crazy about each other.
There were quite a few interesting secondary characters. Lena’s friend Law Reilly who’s a very successful writer, very protective of his privacy and so loyal to the few friends he has. Then there’s Hope, Law’s best friend who has been so abused by her ex-husband that she’s terrified of almost everything and everyone but who showed a surprising backbone of steel when she stood up to the judgmental people of Ash. Then there’s Remy Jennings, the local DA, who is used to charming women, but his charm had absolutely no effect on Hope. I really liked the sparks between them.
The plot was excellent, so very dark and chilling and I was captivated from the first page. I loved that we got so many multiple POVs although it was very disturbing to be in the head of the killer. I’ve read a lot of thrillers with some very evil villains but I must say the killer in this book is one very monstrous fucker. The vile thoughts he has, the horrendous things he does to the young women he kidnaps and rapes was SO DAMN AWFUL. Someone needs to send Dexter after him. I also liked that we don’t find out who the killer is in this book and I can’t wait to read the next book to see what is going to happen now to some of the key players.
This book is definitely romantic suspense at its best. A lot darker than what I’m used to, but that just made the suspense that much more dark and twisty and I loved that the romance didn’t take a backseat to the plot but that it formed an integral part of the story, with lots of steam and romance. Highly recommended to all fans of romantic thrillers.
”This friends-only shit is not working.”