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Flash Point

(High Sierras #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  336 ratings  ·  57 reviews
For Emmaline Kincaid, Police Chief Bradley Gallagher makes hating cops…problematic.

Stalwart, honest, a stand-up guy – high praise, right? Wears his jeans just right, single – just about everyone in Hangman’s Loss, the quirky little town in the Eastern Sierra, considers Police Chief Bradley Gallagher a catch. Yet, new resident Emma Kincaid is determined to keep him at arm'
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Published February 8th 2018 by Boroughs Publishing Group
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Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Small town feel, big time emotion…

When an inheritance brought Emma back to a place that felt like home, she didn’t know what to make of the unexpected challenges she faced and the local police chief who was determined she didn’t face them alone. Brad was a salt-of-the-earth, small town police chief with a big heart and an attitude that wore Emma down in the best of ways. He had a mission, her, and there was no veering away from it. Emma was just going to have to get used to him worrying about he
Jennifer Oloughlin
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Flash Point. It was sweet at points and spicy at others. Brad and Emma’s story is one I will be reading over and over again.

* I read an arc
Pat Rathmann
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This author created such fantastic characters, each with very distinctive characteristics and strengths. Each person brought their own unique contribution to the overall adventure and to make this story a captivating read. The main female in this particular story comes to town when she inherits her uncle's business. She has a dark and insecure history but is looking to settle down and start a new life. An attraction develops between herself and the sheriff. She suffer
M. Anderson
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book that I could not put down.

Brad and Emma’s story was woven with a masterful combination of suspense and romance.

All the characters were mapped out with great precision and I felt like I knew them as I read this book.

The storyline was rich and descriptive and from the time I began reading, I could not put it down.

Truthfully, I usually read romances with a lot of very strong sexual content but while reading this book, the storyline was so good and consistently kept me engrossed from beg
Heather W
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Flash Point is the first book in the High Sierras series and is a good start to the series.

I really enjoyed this romantic suspense story. The characters of Brad and Emma are well depicted and realistic. The story is well written and flows nicely from beginning to end.

I read and reviewed this book with no obligation.
Carole Jarosz
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keep them guessing

Love, couple and family great combination. Throw in a few crooks made great reading. The heroine keeps you on your toes.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read! Romance and suspense with laugh out load moments. Learning to trust again can be very hard. When life takes you in a different direction you have to learn to trust your instincts and the people who want to help you. A nice read that you will not want to put down.
Marie Vayer
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazon
This was my first book by this author, the Amazon write up caught my attention and with it being only .99 I snagged it. WOW! loved it. great characters, interesting story with enough going on that kept you interested but not too much to lose the focus of the main story. I bought book 2 and I gave it a 5 star as well, I can't wait to snag book 3 & 5, but what happened to book 4? ...more
Sharon Exler
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New favorite author

First time reading this author but defiantly won't be the last. Was hard putting this book down before it finished. Good mystery, good love 💘, riveting read.
Jane Wildfire
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down

It has been a long time since I have been captured in a book that I just couldn't put down. Diane Benefiel is a great writer that will hold your interest until the end.
Ria Restrepo
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Flash Point, Diane Benefiel has written another gripping romantic suspense novel that is impossible to put down.

After inheriting her beloved grandfather's cabin resort in the High Sierras, Emma Kincaid is looking for a fresh start. She has always loved the rustic, lakeside haven filled with fond memories. But getting the business running again is far more challenging than she ever anticipated. From arson to vandalism, Emma faces down one obstacle after another—all while trying to avoid the to
Jacqui Norris
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again Diane Benefiel has written a story that captured me from page 1. Her ability to tell a story that makes you want to keep reading is incredible. This time her story focuses on Emmaline Kincaid or Emma. She has just inherited her grandfather’s fishing resort. She has no idea what to do but vows to make it work. With a little elbow grease and the help of new friends, she starts rebuilding what her grandfather started and a place she has fond memories of. Unfortunately, someone in the sma ...more
Sharon Grow
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had never read any books by Ms. Benefiel, but as soon as I read the summary and sample of this book I knew that I had to read it. This is the type of story that keeps you turning the pages as well as moving you through every emotion possible. Emmaline Kincaid has inherited her grandfather’s cabins in the town of Hangman’s Loss in the Sierras. She was not able to be with him when he passed, but remembers the many summers she spent with him. As soon as she arrives, the police chief, Bradley Gall ...more
Coffee Chat
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, mystery
Flash Point really surprised me. It's not what I was expecting but I really enjoyed reading it. It's a fun easy read that captured me from the start. Emma Kincaid receives an inheritance from her grandfather that brings her to the small town of Hangman's Loss. There she finds mystery, drama, suspense, friends and romance. Brad Gallagher is the police chief of the small town and finds Emma interesting from thier first meeting. The chemistry and romance between Emma and Brad developes slowly as th ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one was a surprise read for me. I knew it would be interesting but it also turned out to be very captivating and good. The characters-Bradley and Emma were very warm and able to spin their tale very well. She meets him in a funny way with it then going on with me in her corner. You soon learn that this is more than meets the eye with danger also growing to rear its ugly head. Other characters will come along to give this a full body to it. Romance will bloom with it telling its own story on ...more
Libby Waterford
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emma and Brad are an irresistible couple. They each have their demons, but they are so much stronger together than apart. I loved visiting the High Sierras with this wonderful, readable romantic suspense. Love this author!
Teresa Reitnauer
A book you won't want to put down. It is full of suspense, action, and romance. Brad and Emma have great chemistry, and they are very believable characters. I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
Sarah Reads "Reading in Sarah's Corner"
Diane Benefiel takes us on a story filled with mystery, suspense, and action as we try to solve what is going on in the small town of Hangman's Loss.

His entire life Chief Bradley Gallagher has always taken care of everyone. He is the go-to man when it comes to anything going on in his town. He runs a tight ship but always gives everyone the benefit of the doubt.

When the beautiful Emmaline Kincaid shows up he quickly realizes that she is the one he has been waiting for. Not only has fallen for
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and trust in your gutt. Emma, new transplant to Hangman's Loss after inheriting property and plans on distancing herself from the Law. Police Chief Bradley Gallagher makes that difficult. There is nothing not to like about him. Emma had bad experience when she was younger, so LE is not high on her list of people to trust or turn to in times of need. Their first meeting is awkward, assumptions are made and allowed to rest. Emma doesn't really want the Sh ...more
Debbie Caswell
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book a new author for me and I quite happily read the entire series one after another While the suspense wasn't that deep the characters where the making of the story This is a book where you really get to love the main characters and where waiting for the stories of the secondary characters

Emmaline has returned to the cabins that her grandfather owned and he has willed to her She isn't used to small town life and the fact they they are judging her for not returning ear
Ronel Olver
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Good story line with some inconsistencies in the beginning that threw me off, and it took a while to get back into the book. She contacted then power company and she hoped they said they did what they said they would do and turned on the power but didn’t then the following Monday she is at the city hall and filling in paperwork and signing a check. Brad was less than honorable when he met Emma, he knew who she was and still treated her like she was trespassing and frisked her and then he wonders ...more
Marichus Real
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Emma is getting her inheritance from her grandfather, a man she loved so dearly and with whom she passed happy times.
Brad is the Police Chief in Hangman’s Loss. He is a caring, honest and loyal person and took all the people living there under his care.
I absolutely loved this book. The amount of mystery, suspense, and romance make the story one of the best I’ve read in a long time. The writing flows smoothly making me want to go on reading at all times until I finish the book. The characters are
Anonymous 5
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in Ms. Benefiel's High Sierras series. I had read one of the later books first and loved it so much I've gone back and started reading from the beginning. This is such a wonderful series. The book is sweet with some spicy moments sprinkled in. The storyline was intense and captured my interest right from the start. This is one of those books that you will keep reading well into the night because you won't want to put it down. I loved reading about Brad and Emma and getting ...more
Diana Crook
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read

I really enjoyed Diana's book, Flash Point. It had about everything you would want in a book. Every page kept me interested. I hated to put it down for any length of time. Only one thing bugged me. Brad, the sheriff had feelings for her immediately. Not pushing Emma, but wanting to see where there friendship would go. She continued to rebuff him, every time he would get too close. It just got old. It would have served her right, if she saw him on a date, with another woman! He was
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This a pretty good mystery/romance.

I liked all the characters and felt that they were well developed and believable.

The dialogue is witty an also well done.

The setting is described so perfectly that I could picture the little town.

Well edited, no typos or autocorrect misses.

It’s a slow build on the romance, which is nice. I thought it was especially reasonable that he respected her boundaries because of her past. Doubly so because he is a cop and would know these things.

No explicit sex scen
Chris McMurdy
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This seems like a silly comment but I really liked Brad and it's the first time I've read a story where Brad was a hero - not a dolt or a bad guy.
Anyway, this was a short story that worked for me on a lot of levels. Emma's mistrust of Brad took some patience but I was glad to see that at about the halfway point, she started trusting him. I'm a sucker for a law enforcement hero so that helped but this was a very engaging, well-paced story that kept me interested enough to finish it in one day.
This books includes suspense, romance, and family love. Brad, the Police Chief, is a real stand-up guy and he has a thing for the new girl in town, Emma. Due to Emma's past, she is not fond of anyone in law enforcement. Brad is a hard guy to ignore, even for Emma. When Emma finds herself as a targeted by some unknown person, she ends up depending on Brad. No surprise, these two end up in bed. So over-all this is a good read, but nothing new. 3.25 Stars.
J Renee
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

While this is a romance, the story-line is more intricate than a lot of romances. Emma is a very interesting character. Her growing-up years were full of difficulties which greatly influence the way she faces today's challenges. Brad is a hunky Chief of Police whose natural response is to help anyone who asks. The chemistry between these two is electric! Very interesting. Enjoy!!
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a true page-turner for me, which is surprisingly rare these days. While the male protagonist comes on a little heavy very quickly, I could also relate as my husband was also quite decisive very early in our relationship. My only complaint would be that the last 50 pages seemed a little rushed along with a TON of things happening. I would have preferred a little more depth of understanding before the summary of events ending. All in all, though... REALLY good.
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tall, dark and handsome You would think any woman in her right mind except Emma. But when she keeps having break in and arson on her property she has no choice. And he is taking every opportunity he can to spend time with her. This is a really great story that I enjoyed so much I did not want to put it down. I look forward for more from this author.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Growing up in Southern California, Diane Benefiel has been an avid reader all of her life. She has enjoyed a wide range of genres, from westerns to fantasy to mysteries, but romance has always been a favorite element. She likes writing romantic suspense because she can put the hero and heroine in all sorts of predicaments that they will have to work together to overcome. Check out her website at h ...more

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