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Unraveling the Past (The Truth About The Sullivans #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  78 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
How do you work for a guy who took the job you wanted? Every time Captain Layne Sullivan runs into Chief Ross Taylor, she struggles with that issue. It doesn't help that he's a by-the-book cop who expects everything done his way. It also doesn't help that he's hot. Ignoring that little fact is impossible-she's tried! 

Then Layne's world is turned upside down when human rema
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Vivian Ryan
Good story, investigative procedure unraveling

I really enjoyed the book, main characters for the most part were well written, especially the female h and teenager. As the mother of four daughters, ranging from [finally] 20 to 30, all very stubborn and "too smart for their own good, " I laughed at the antics, attitude and feelings of the teenager, Jess. I also felt her pain with a less than compassionate guardian who appeared to be more concerned about his career than her, or other people.
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

I have read and enjoyed most of Ms. Andrews’ books, so when I saw this one on NetGalley I was pleasantly surprised and didn’t hesitate to request it.

Ross Taylor is the new Chief of Police in a small town. He got the job over one of the locals, Captain Layne Sullivan. She isn’t happy than a hot-shot city detective took the position she was aiming for, so their relationship is quite strained. But Ross has enough to worry as it is, because the reason he
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
~* 3.5 Stars *~
Many Nice Elements

It's bad enough Captain Layne Sullivan didn't get the Chief of Police job she thought she deserved, now she's forced to work for the by-the-book Chief Ross Taylor, town new guy and general bane of her existence. When human remains are found in the woods near the site of a teen hangout, though, Layne's issues with Taylor start to lose their significance in the shadow of her growing concern. And panic.

Layne thinks she may know the identity of the person whose remai
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I found Unraveling the Past to be a bit ambitious. It has a romance at the center of the story, but the focus is stretched thin as Andrews also incorporates a cold case murder mystery connected to the Sullivan family. Along with the mystery and developing romance, there is a storyline about the hero's teenage niece. Jess has some serious mommy issues that parallel Layne's. Issues having to do with abandonment and neglect that lead both characters to doubt or not accept love when it is freely giv ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
4 STARS Jessica Taylor is 15 year old troubled teen who sleeps around gets drunk. Sneaks out of her Uncle's house. She wants to be wanted not just used. She ran into the woods after Nate had sex and started to walk away like she did not matter and the other kids back by the fire were calling her names. Her Uncle and Nate and another cop find her. Her Uncle police chief Ross Taylor the new guy in town. Assistant Chief Sullivan who thought she should have been hired to Chief of Police. While Jessi ...more
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ross Taylor is already dealing with problems on the job and at home. The whole Mystic Point Police Department looks on him as an outsider who stole the job of chief that should have been Layne Sullivan’s. His reason for taking the job in Mystic Point was to move his teenage niece away from the bad influences of her life in Boston, but she’s angry, rebellious, and giving him more trouble than he can keep track of. As if he didn’t have enough to keep him awake, now there’s an unidentified skeleton ...more

Author: Beth Andrews
Published By: Harlequin
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Book Blog For: GMTA

"Unraveling the Past" by Beth Andrews was a wonderful romance novel. This novel is the first in a series of three...featuring 'The Sullivan's.' This novel was of Layne Sullivan's dysfunctional that had mysterious secrets...that was a family story. Layne was the oldest of three sisters...who had cared for her younger sisters since their mother had left(eighteen years ago)...
Chrystina Williams
I really enjoyed reading this book! This is the first book in a three book series and each book is going to feature one of the three Sullivan sisters and the truth of their mother's disappearance. This is Layne's story, well Layne & Ross because this is a romance after all.
Let me just say that I just loved Layne's character! Being the oldest of the three Sullivan sisters, she has always taken it upon herself to take care of her sisters, whether they wanted her to or not. She is fiercely lo
Good book. Layne is having a real problem working with Ross. She really wanted the Chief's job, but he had gotten it instead. Ross is new to town and doesn't know all the people and their backgrounds the way she does, but he is very good at what he does. When Layne's mom's remains are found, she finds herself working very closely with Ross and fighting an attraction to him. Ross came to Mystic Point to get his niece out of Boston and try to give her a fresh start. What he finds is that she appea ...more
"A debriefing?" Sullivan asked as if Ross had told her to bring a bikini, a case of whipped cream and her handcuffs and meet him at a motel.

The happy couple....

Layne is a small-town cop with a dysfunctional family. Ross a former big-city cop turned small-town police chief with a dysfunctional family.

The setting....

The predictable small town full of dysfunctional families and mysterious secrets.

The storytelling....

Good writing with some great snarky dialogue, but the sequel-bait family stuff pu
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Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Full of really well written characters, that are easy to like and connect with, Unraveling the Past is definitely a great read.
The attraction between Ross and Layne is hard to miss, its full of tension, snarky banter, and sexual zing.
I love a good 'I'm fighting my attraction to you but...' book.

As with all great Super Romance's from Harlequin, there is also a really great story/mystery going on around the characters and plenty of family dynamics throwing surprises into the ring at every turn.
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Beth Andrews has yet to disappoint me. Her books, as far as I read, have no billionaires, CEOs or heroes behaving like alpha-holes. Her books are about regular people, dealing with some real life issues. This particular series has a murder mystery which I hope gets solved by the third book. The three Sullivan sisters are the main characters. This book is about Layne, the oldest of the Sullivan sisters and Ross, Chief of the Police force. Both control freaks, both with a heart of gold. That the ' ...more
Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it
The writing is excellent and the characters are quite interesting but after staying up until 1am to finish this book I was left completely baffled.

Other than the romance (which was very sweet but short changed and rushed to conclusion) not one thing was resolved.

I guess that's ok but I didn't realize just how open ended it would be or even that this was a series when I started.

There are several plot threads going on at the same time besides the romance for the main couple Layne and Ross. As I
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great story, great start to this series, and fabulous supporting cast.

This confirms for me that Ms. Andrews has really hit her stride--very likeable heroine and hero with some painful issues in their lives. They're able to connect in a realistic way, and we're brought to a satisfying conclusion. Looking forward to catching up with the rest of the series!
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome book! Couldn't put it down and it set itself up nicely for future books. Well worth the read
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A lovely story I really enjoyed it and look forward to the rest in the series
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Romance Writers of America RITA® Award Winner Beth Andrews spends her time writing contemporary romance for Harlequin Superromance, sending checks to pay for her kids’ college tuition and composing texts that end up on her children’s twitter feeds. She loves coffee, hockey and happy endings.
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