**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**
Reed wants nothing more than to forget the woman who turned down his proposal and broke his heart. Yet, his most recent dream has left him shaken. The woman may be in danger and he can't just sit there and pretend he doesn't still care about the woman he thought he would marry. So he finds a good reason to return to his abandoned estate to see how the lady is faring with his own eyes.
Anna doesn't want or need Reed's help. Sure, a string of murders has begun in the area which are eerily similar to those that occurred decades ago. And maybe she has stumbled upon one of those bodies herself. But Reed's presence is just another painful reminder of the life she could never have with any man. And the longer he sticks around, the harder it is becoming to ignore the pull she feels to him.
The third book of this series didn't impress me quite as much as the first two. I think it was probably due to the heroine being entirely against a romance with the hero and so her refusal became dull after a while. I started to get a little frustrated with her, to be honest. While I could understand her reasons for wanting to avoid marriage, I think the hot-and-cold dynamic was a little much at times. Other than that, this book was a pretty good read.
The romance is sort of secondary to the main plot of the story: our murdering villain in disguise. Since the couple's relationship wasn't going anywhere anyway, this didn't bother me very much. It was probably because I found the serial killer plot to be interesting. I couldn't have predicted who the culprit was, even though my suspicions changed from one person to another throughout the book.
Even though the romance was on the weaker side, I still enjoyed this one, overall. I adored Reed and I grew to like Anna. Her brother, Kit, was actually a nice character too. The secrecy about why Anna refused Reed's proposal took a while to come out, but I did root for them to come together quite early on. And Anna's paranormal ability was neat to read about. That's something I love about these books. The plots are entirely different for each one, yet all include some sort of supernatural occurrence. Maybe it's visions or ghosts or even dreams, but they are more than just historical romance stories.
I can't wait to see which Moreland falls in love next. Four suns!
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