A small, friendly Colorado town, nestled in the breathtaking Rockies, cloaks a malevolence, an evil that stalks women. Jesslyn Black, a writer, is content living her now-single, childless life. If she keeps to herself, she can't get hurt. Haunted by the past, Jesslyn never again wants to experience the soul-shredding pain of losing loved ones.
Aiden Kinncaid is running from his own secret loss. As the CEO of Kinncaid Enterprises, he travels to this remote Colorado resort town to oversee the opening of the new Highland Hotel. Though he's not interested in any kind of relationship, he finds himself drawn to this temperamental, brown-eyed beauty. And her rough-edged attitude is a challenge to him.
But whether or not either sought a relationship, they've found one. Aiden wants to protect Jesslyn even if she claims she can take care of herself, and she finds she can't stop thinking about Aiden, even when he annoys her. Will they get their second chance at love and life before the killer eliminates one problem he doesn't need?
©2012 Jaycee Clark (P)2013 Tantor
"Five Hearts! I really feel this book deserves the rating I gave it. If there were ten hearts I would have given it that. Ms. Clark has given this reviewer a novel that has kept me engrossed until the end, and for that I thank her." (The Romance Studio)
I had the pleasure of previously reading the Kinncaid Brothers Series on Kindle. It was a welcome surprise when I saw this audible Book 1, Deadly Shadows available. It was a wonderful listening experience with Johanna Parker narrating. Lately I have been disappointed with the narration on some purchases, not so with this narrator. I hope to see books 2-5 available soon with the same narration, you won't be disappointed in this romantic suspense.
An enjoyable contemporary, but slightly sinister, romance that's got chills, thrills, suspense and twists, as an evil psychotic murderer first kills Jesslyn's friend then, when she stumbles on the bloody scene, she unwittingly becomes his next target with harrowing consequences.
Jesslyn's mental and emotional state is already fraught as she has to come to terms with yet another death in her life but when she sets eyes on her temporary house guest Aiden (a rich, handsome hotel owner) she's instantly attracted but she doesn't think she can stand more heartache. However, as the verbal sparring heats up between the two, emotional and sexual sparks fly (as they do) and it's not long before they take things to the next level.... passion filled nights. But all the time the crazy villain is watching, waiting and has plans of his own for her.
An entertaining listen that's about a tender touching romance built on some heartbreaking histories between the two and, unfortunately, their love gets tested in a dramatic way. There's a touch of the paranormal manifested in her dreams, some stupid stupid "don't do it" moments, humor, sex, mystery, great family members that show love, loyalty and laughter, other interesting likeable secondary characters but above all it's an emotional roller coaster listen that had me guessing right til the end.
Worth the credit? It's not too bloody, too frightening or too hot but what it is is a well written romantic mystery thriller that will hold your attention and keep you enthralled until you suddenly realise, at the end of the day, that your chores are all done - so that's got to be a YES.
I started the series with Ian's story and had to back track. I didn't like any of the books as well as Ian's book. However, this is worth a credit. One of the cons of listening to the book is that I noticed the annoying trend of phrases being used over and over. "He shook his head" must have been used 200 times!
A lead character with a brain....
I cannot abide a woman in a book who is obviously in danger insisting on constantly putting herself in danger because "that psycho isn't going to change what I do and how I do it." Really - so be really stupid...I'm sure you'll die satisfied in knowing he didn't change the way you did things...yikes, I cannot stand stupid characters.
There wouldn't be a lot of book left.
Yeah, save your credit if you want characters that actually have a working brain.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
I loved the hero in this story, however the heroine was very hard to warm up to. She was one of those ditzy women who kept doing very dumb things. I also did not care for all of the angst we were put through regarding her widowhood. I know losing a husband and child was very traumatic for her but it had been three years. I don't know if she had ever had grief counseling or not but it would not have hurt.
The plot was good, although I figured it out who the killer was.
This is the start of a series, and the family members sound interesting especially Ian, which was a lose end that wasn't taken care of.
Of course Johanna Parker did a great job as always.
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