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Dark Falls

(Dark Falls #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  662 ratings  ·  85 reviews
A cop hunting a violent thrill seeker. A woman from his past. Will their history and heated attraction put his case on ice?

Detective John Sevier never wanted to be anything but a cop. When a string of jewelry store heists threatens the woman he let get away years before, he'll stop at nothing to bring the adrenaline junkie gang leader to justice.

Ava McNair never looked
Kindle Edition, 168 pages
Published October 9th 2018
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Sep 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
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A cop hunting a violent thrill seeker. A woman from his past. Will their history and heated attraction put his case on ice?

Detective John Sevier never wanted to be anything but a cop. When a string of jewelry store heists threatens the woman he let get away years before, he'll stop at nothing to bring the adrenaline junkie gang leader to justice.

Ava McNair never looked at her life as a sacrifice. She loves taking care of her dad and
I love a good mystery/thriller when I can find one and I thought this one filled the bill. It was nicely laid out in the beginning when the team of the Major Crimes Unit in Dark Falls, Colorado, is introduced. Not only do we get the names of the members, but also who is partnered with whom. I liked that so I didn't have to search as I read to discover it for myself.

John seems to be the main MC in this story. He is Detective John Sevier, a divorced man who is partners with Eric Cantu. The "old
Lis Carey
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction, arcs
John Sevier is a police detective in Dark Falls, CO, and the Major Crimes unit he's a part of of is investigating a string of jewelry store holdups. They started out targeting smaller, lower-end shops that couldn't afford good security, grabbing what they could at closing time, and getting out. Then they start ramping up, their leader in particular becoming violent.

John starts worrying about a woman he hasn't seen since college, when she left early to take care of her father and her sister. Ava
Trish R.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it

I had to LOL at Erics limericks, especially the one about John and heels. I loved the banter between John and Eric, too.

Overall, this was a very good story. About a bunch of jewelry store robberies that were all just robberies then the leader started taking some kind of drug that changed him and he smashed one mans head into a glass display case, then he shot a cop, then he beat a man to death and shot the employee in the same store. He kept getting bad enough that he killed his friend. And,
4.25 Stars for the first book in a promising Dark Falls, CO Series. This Series centers around the Major Crimes Unit of the Dark Falls Police Department, with each book written by a different popular romantic suspense author. In this book the readers are introduced to the Unit, with Detective John Sevier taking the leading role.
John reconnections with his first love, Ava, during a spree of jewelry store robberies. Ava manages her familys jewelry store. Ava broke Johns heart years ago, and he
3.5. Good story. If it didn't suffer from 1st book of a series syndrome, I would round up to 4 stars. Lots of introducing characters for future books, tons of details of their looks and personalities etc.

I love this author and the series should be good. For readers that love large casts and lots of details, heavier on the police procedure/case than the romance, this will be a good read for you! 😁
Bette Hansen
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loved this wonderful second chance romance. It's a nice blend of action, suspense and romance that kept me entertained from the first page straight to the last. Definitely a Book I recommend.
Big Joe  Rossi
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Detective John Sevier is a cop who loves his work. Loves protecting and serving. When he starts investigating a group of robberies at low end jewelry stores he is thrown back into contact with a lost love. Ava McNair.

Ava McNair runs her families jewelry store, works with her mildly autistic sister, care for her ailing father. When Det. Sevier shows up old feeling return. Especially the way he connects with her sister. Especially how he makes her feel when he is around.

They build back a lost
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book introduces the players, the team of the Major Crimes Division in Dark Falls. John Sevier is the first one we center on, divorced and not really thinking of a relationship since long hours and late night calls aren't conducive to such things.

With multiple jewelry stores being hit, John's thoughts go to the woman he once loved, the woman who left. Her family owns a jewelry store and although it is far more upscale than those being hit, he's concerned.

Ava left school when her father
Nicole Studioso
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really interesting and engrossing first book in a multiple-authored series set in Dark Falls, CO

So, I actually read a book a later book in this series before I had the chance to read Lori Ryan's initial contribution with this book. It's a great introductory book with a host of detailed information about the detectives and superiors in the Dark Falls, CO, Major Crimes Unit. Lori does a great job fleshing out these characters and supporting roles, as really grabs you with a robbery storyline and
Jennifer Pierson
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lori Ryan is new to me author, and I found that she is talented in her writing style, and I enjoyed Dark Falls a lot. The story centers around John Sevier, a detective, and Ava McNair, who owns a jewelry store. They were in love in college, until she broke up with him due to fear, and family issues that needed her at home. Now years later, he comes face to face with her when a string of jewelry store robberies puts her in danger, so he's there to protect her. They never got over each other, but ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This first book leaves me with high hopes for the stories to follow in this multi-author series. If you like to blend excitement with romance, then this book is for you. Ms. Ryan is very successful in giving us a good balance of the two without one overshadowing the other.

Welcome to Dark Falls, where law enforcement is trying to solve multiple jewelry store robberies that appear to be done by the same people. Detective John Sevier is a part of this investigation and is concerned about Ava
Merry Chapman
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
John Sevier and Ava McNair were an item while in college together. But when Ava's father has a heart attack and he needed help at home with the family jewelry store and her special needs sister, she drops out of college and heads home to Dark Falls and never tells John why. John finishes school returns to Dark Falls and gets married and divorced, but he did fulfill his dream job as a detective in the major crimes unit. He knew Ava was in town too, but they haven't really crossed paths. A series ...more
Kristen Lewendon
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Im hooked. From nearly the first words on the page I was pulled into this world. The story grabbed a hold of my imagination and refused to let go. This book pulls together several of my favorite themes: second chance romance, suspense/thriller, and police procedural. And knowing I get to do most of it all over again with the rest of the books in the series is just icing on the cake. John is brilliant as the tragic hero. With a failed marriage he believes was all his fault already under his belt, ...more
Yvonne Cruz
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great start to a suspense filled romance series.
Ava McNair and John Sevier were sweethearts in college until Ava left and later John got married to someone else.
Her reasons for leaving were centered around her family and her fathers jewelry business. When jewelry stores are being burglarized in Dark Falls, John , now a detective and divorced, worries about Ava and pays her a visit. The chemistry is still there but both have personal baggage. Will they keep it casual or will
Sharon Grow
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Detective John Sevier and his partner Eric Cantu from the Dark Falls Major Crimes Division, are after four suspects who have been robbing smaller jewelry stores that have very little security. Up until this latest robbery, there have been no injuries, but now one of the suspects has injured one of the employees. John warns Ava McNair, whose family owns a jewelry store and is his first love from college, that the robberies are moving across the city. He is worried that the suspects may begin ...more
Donna Ferriola
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dark Falls

This is an amazing beginning to this multi author series of romantic suspenseful books with John a detective at Major Crimes at Dark Falls reconnecting with the first love of his life from college Ava who owns a jewelry story. There was a string of robberies of jewelry stores that were esculating in violence and John had to warn her and make her more vigilant at her store in case they decided to rob her store. This is where their exciting love story begins as he spends more and more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dark Falls

This is the opener for a multiauthor series that focuses on the Major Crimes Unit of Dark Falls, CO, though location really doesn't play into the storyline. It could be anywhere. Detective John Sevier is working along side his unit to solve an outbreak of smaller jewelry store robberies. He can't help but think of his ex girlfriend from college who works in her family's jewelry store at a mall. So when the robbers escalate, beating an employee of the last store they've targeted, he
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dark Falls, is Book one in this new
exciting, romantic thriller series.
I really enjoyed reading it. It has a bit
of a dark edge to it. The story keeps
you intrigued from the very first pages
to the last.
The detectives of Dark Falls Major Crimes, have caught a case of jewelry stores being robbed in lower end neighborhoods.
They're all working to find any clues,
to identity the robbers.
John is one of the detective. He thinks
of his former college girlfriend, Ava,
who owns a high end jewelry store.
Candy Laine
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another new series by multiple authors and this is the first book! I absolutely loved it. The series seems to be based on all the detectives out of Major Crimes section of Dark Falls CO and it's going to be fun. In Lori's book that starts off the series, Detective John Sevier has been working on a spate of robberies revolving around jewelry stores. He's worried about his friend and jewelry store owner Ava McNair.
Ava knows that John was the one who got away in college due to her own insecurities.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Man, talk about hitting the ground running. Wow! This is one action packed, hard hitting, heart pounding, nerve racking, pulse racing, spine tingling, page turning tale that captivates from the start and holds your attention until the last word. All the twists and turns, ups and downs, along with a few glitches here and there make for one nailbiting experience. This duo really knows how to spin a tale and build the suspense and danger throughout as tension spirals. The
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dark Falls by Lori Ryan is the first story in a series written by different authors. This excellent start has me intrigued about the rest of the series. From the introduction to John Sevier to the end, this book grabbed my attention. John & Eric seemed to be the perfect pairing for partners in the force. Ava and John dated in college & broke up but he hasnt been able to forget her. Now, a string of burglaries gives him an excuse to contact her. The chemistry is still there.

The suspense
De Mueller
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Romance And Suspense

I always find books that feature mature couples very refreshing and this one is in that category.
Detective John and Ava have a history from college and when they meet up again after many years there is still a spark. He is investigating jewelry store robberies and Avas business is a jewelry store.
There is plenty of suspense and steam between the main character to keep you fully engrossed until the end. The supporting character especially Avas autistic sister added to this
Black Butterfly
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Shelves: romance, thriller
3 ½ *stars REALLY
Pamela Mitchell
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful beginning to the Dark Falls, Colorado multiauthor series with unforgettable characters and a well-crafted story that kept me entertained and intrigued from the first page to the last, sitting on the edge of my seat, and turning the pages as fast as I could to see what was going to happen. I loved the second chance romance for Dark Falls Police Detective John Sevier and jewelry store owner, Ava McNair. If you enjoy romantic thrillers, don't miss Dark Falls by talented author, Lori ...more
Bev Sten
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series is going to be so good! Dark Falls by Lori Ryan the first book is a thriller, a second chance romance, and a nailbiter! John Sevier and his fellow officers are chasing a crazy thrill seeking Jewelry store robber. His college girlfriend that he has recently reconnected with owns a jewelry store. It's a well-researched police procedural story. Totally worth the read. You'll be on the edge of your chair while John tries to protect the woman he loves.
All books will be standalone with no
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Romantic suspenseful mystery thriller you just cant put down
Detectives at Dark Falls are looking at jewelry store cameras that are spray painted within a minute of the robbery, and four suspects dressed in all black, masks, long sleeved no markings. In and out in four minutes.
One of the is escalating and becoming violent.
Detective John sees his college girlfriend who broke his heart as one of the owners of a Jewelry store he thought he was over her...can John protect her and solve the mystery
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5* Review- Good start to the series!

This is an interesting multi author series that I started because I got one of the books as part of an ARC program and wanted to get some background. This is a good story that has a second chance romance aspect to it.
Although I liked this book, I wanted the background on the characters earlier and by the time it was revealed it felt so secondary to everything else going on in the book. Overall good start to series, but would have liked a more in depth story.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is book 1 in the Dark Falls Romantic Thriller series. In this story, John Sevier is a major crimes detective working on a series of jewelry store heists. Thats the thriller part. The romantic part comes in with Johns college girlfriend running her familys jewelry store. John and Ava reconnect, and boy do things get hot, fast. Theres lots of interesting backstory, family, and co-workers. A great set-up for the rest of the series and a good story on its own. Make the trip to Dark Falls. I ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Janna and John were a couple years ago in college but she broke it off when things were getting too serious. Now ten years later both divorced and back in the hometown him a police detective for the Major crimes division and she running the family jewelry store they reconnect while he is investigating a string of jewelry store smash and rob crimes that are becoming more violent with injuries. I really liked the police storyline but the romance escalating at runaway speed of one date and they are ...more
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