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Defending the Eyewitness (Conard County #38)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  61 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Return to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Lee's Conard County, where a killer lies in wait

The note wasn't a threat, exactly. But for Corey Donahue, who'd witnessed her mother's murder as a child, it felt very menacing. Surprisingly, the one person she trusted to show the note to was a man merely renting a room from her—Austin Mendez. Traumatized since childhood,
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2014)
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Very good book, a little different from some previous CC books where there is more action. Corey has lived in Conard County most of her life. Her mother was murdered when Corey was seven and she witnessed it, though she has no memory of it. It has left her with a fear of men, so she avoids them. She rents out room in her home to other women, and most of her friends are women. She doesn't date. When the sheriff asks her to rent those rooms to Austin, she has to think hard about it, but she does. ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: hqn
It took me weeks to finish it but it wasn't that bad. Just didn't keep me interested . Even my usual peeves were kept to a minimum . So no idea why i didn't keep reading .

Romance bingo Tags: catagory romance , virgin , RS, different cultures , Federal agent
Jun 24, 2015 marked it as d-n-f
By 13%, the author has mentioned the mother's murder five fucking times. FIVE TIMES. The rest of it is just the same thing over and over: she doesn't trust men (because of HER MOTHER'S MURDER!!1!) and he doesn't know how to fit back into society after 6 years undercover (though he seemed pretty well adjusted after a couple cups of coffee).

I just... ugh. What is this? It's so fucking repetitive, I feel like I've gotten too stoned and reread the same page ten times.
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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Defending the Eyewitness is a failed attempt at a Romantic Suspense. It follows the budding relationship between Austin and Corey. Austin is a DEA agent fresh off of a six year undercover operation in Mexico. Corey is a twenty-five-year-old woman that owns a crafts shop. Austin needs a place to decompress back in the U.S. so he rents a room from Corey. Corey is the sole witness to her mother’s murder 18 years ago and she has no memory of it. All
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it

I liked parts of the story but never got lost in it. The relationship felt rushed to me and went straight to physical when Corey spent all of her life avoiding men. She had reasons for her fears. She saw her mom murdered right in front of her. Then she lost her memories at 7.

Corey rents the upstairs of her house to usually to college students. Now the Sheriff brings over a man and asks her to rent it to him that he is the friend of a friend. Corey agrees to rent the upstairs to Austin and
Tory Michaels
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Still playing catch-up so another brief review.

Corey - man, gotta feel for a woman who actually witnessed the murder of her mother while still just a child. I can't blame her for being extremely nervous around men in general after that since the killer was never found. She's understandably uncomfortable when she rents the room to Austin, though she does it because one of the few men she does trust asks her to.
Austin - wow, trying to reintegrate into normal society after years undercover in Mexi
Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Eighteen years after witnessing the murder of her mother as a child, Corey Donahue still didn’t trust men. Suddenly after all these years she started receiving notes that made her apprehensive and afraid. Austin Mendez had been deep undercover for six years and needed a place to regroup so Corey rented her apartment to him, although she had previously only rented to women. He was the only person she felt she could trust with the notes she was receiving. As the two worked together to find out who ...more
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it
*** I have received an ARC via NetGalley ***

The book "Defending the Eyewitness" was a solid romantic suspense novel and Austin was a likeable hero with his gruff demeanor and undercover background.
I can't say the same about the heroine, half the time I was asking myself what Austin was seeing in her; Corey was living in a shell and I felt most of her development happened inside her head with her own dialogues - not really enganging Austin. Truthfully, while Austin was all hot and male, Corey alm
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rachel Lee writes a great suspense. Austin Mendez comes to Corey Donahue's house as a renter upon the recommendation of the sheriff. His underlying motive is not exposed until the end of the book which is great. Corey does not trust men since she witnessed the murder of her Mother some 18 years ago. She does not remember the incident nor the murderer. Austin is coming from a deep undercover operation that lasted 6 years. He is not ready to face life and his family yet so is hiding out with Corey ...more
N. Kuhn
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This book had so much potential. The plot and synopsis sounded amazing! I couldn't wait to read it. Then it all went down hill. The ending was very anti-climatic. I feel like the "action" got drowned out and lost by all the "inner thought" and "inner dialogue" each character had with themself. Pages and pages of long drawn out thoughts. It dragged the entire book down for me. This definitely could use a lot of cutting, and maybe adding real drama or action to the story. I mean, after 10 years of ...more
Griz Girl
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book by Rachel Lee! There is just something so addicting about Rachel Lee's "old-fashioned romance" sucks you in & makes you want to read all her books!

Her verbiage is old-fashioned & often stilted, leaving me thinking "yeah, no man or woman in 2014 would say THAT"...but I love her stories anyway.

Definitely old-school romance with a hero saving the helpless female. And yet I love it--I absolutely love it. ;)
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"Two emotionally wounded characters draw readers into Lee's story. Steady pacing, efficient and in-depth writing and a suspenseful plot keep the pages turning (RT Book Reviews)". 4 stars

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Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rachel Lee is one of my favorite authors. I love her Conard County books.
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Rachel Lee is a New York Times best-selling author and the winner of Six Romantic Times magazine Reviewers' Choice Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a five-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA® Award. She has penned a wide variety of
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