M.J. Schiller gives readers a fresh, young, romantic suspense with this murder mystery. Cooper Sullivan is a captivating hero, his dedication to his job is admirable and his attraction to Laney and the resulting emotions it provokes are entertaining. Laney is a sweet leading lady and I like the contradiction between her current lifestyle and her upbringing. I would have loved to meet her sister as she seemed to be such a fascinating woman. The supporting characters were all interesting in their own way they all had strong personalities. I enjoyed meeting the Sullivan family and appreciated the differences between Cooper’s and Laney’s family lives. I loved how the story jumped straight in and how the case is already started when the reader is introduced to the situation. The intensity was palpable and I couldn’t help but admire Laney’s strength. This was an enjoyable story, a great light read for the beach or in front of a warm fireplace.
Laney Essex can’t believe someone has murdered her sister but things get even more complicated when it looks like she’ll be the next victim. Cooper Sullivan and his partner are determined to capture whoever is responsible for the brutal crime. He lives for the job but after meeting Laney it’s more than professional pride that pushes him to succeed. Can he catch the killer and explore the attraction they both seem to be feeling?
Cooper Sullivan is the cop in charge of investigating a murder outside of a Los Angeles night club. The famous romance author, Sydney Essex, has been found strangled in the parking lot. When the young officer returns to the scene of the crime the night after the murder, he gets involved in a fight in order to protect a woman, who he realizes afterward, is the victim’s sister. Soon he finds himself torn by his attraction to the irresistible blond teacher, and his need to maintain a professional distance.
Laney Essex is distraught over her sister’s death, so the high school English teacher returns to the bar where the crime occurred to find answers. To her dismay, she is only left with more questions, many centered on her developing relationship with Cooper Sullivan. Is the pull she’s feeling towards him reciprocated, or is the handsome detective only showing her professional courtesy, or, perhaps, even pity?
When Laney receives a threatening phone call from Sydney’s murderer, it quickly becomes evident that the man who killed her sister is after her, too! Can Cooper figure out who the killer is before it’s too late? And if he does solve the case, will it just be another file stamped “CLOSED” in red and locked away in a drawer, or will the sparks that have been flying between the two finally ignite?