Courtney Glass only agreed to meet her ex to get him to stop harassing her. She has a busy enough life working at a salon and getting ready for her sister’s wedding. She didn’t need the hassle of meeting the no good, lying cheating attorney that she had had the misfortune to date 6 months ago, much less meet him in the 90+ degree heat in a park and ride. Courtney knew something was seriously wrong when the ex accused her of setting up the meeting and then a man in a ski mask jumped into the back seat of her car. This was no simple robbery. This was planned and the plan was obviously to kill the ex making it look like Courtney did it. Barely escaping with her life, Courtney finds herself as the prime suspect in a murder she didn’t commit. The masked guy though isn’t through. He’s after Courtney and the police don’t believe her…..that is, except Will Hodges.
Will just started work at the Austin Police Department. Prior to that he had been in the military and over in Afghanistan fighting. He really wanted this job and knew it was against all the rules to have anything to do with Courtney until the investigation was over. The problem was he was really attracted to her and was in the minority at the station as he believed her. Could he stay impartial or would his desire for Courtney get him thrown off the case? As things start getting serious, both with Courtney and the case, how soon will the real killer be found or will Courtney be the one who is brought up on charges?
This books starts out fast and keeps the pace going throughout the book. By the first couple of pages, the first murder is committed, Courtney is down at the station, her sister is introduced and the attraction between Courtney and Will flares. Just when you think things might slow down a little, something else unexpected pops up giving this story yet another twist as you try to figure out who is behind the murders. Yes, murders as their seems to be a crime spree and several of these murders are connected but just how isn’t known.
The characters are so well developed you could almost imagine walking into the APD and seeing them. There are no flat, uninteresting characters. Instead, you get characters with lives, background and feeling. You may not like all of them, but you can believe that they are there. Even the non-police characters are great. Courtney’s friends at the salon are just like any group of co-workers. Her neighbor is just like yours. The characters seem to be the people we all know or know about.
The plot is excellent. There is no major release of information as to who is behind the murders but a slow uncovering of clues that when put together give you an idea of who it might be but not a certainty. In fact, when the murder is finally reveled and the motive examined, the book is almost finished and the timing is perfect.
If you want a fast paced mystery with a big helping of romance, this is the book for you. It starts fast, ends fast and doesn’t slow down in the middle. The emotions drag you into the lives of the characters giving you an interest in all the little things that when put together become so important. And when it’s over, it’s over with the same emotion that you felt all along and gives you a warm feeling.
WILL HE HELP PROVE HER INNOCENCE . . .OR LEAD A KILLER TO HER DOOR?
Courtney Glass has been in trouble all her life, but nothing tops being an up-close witness to a brutal murder. Until she’s accused of the crime. Every scrap of evidence points to her guilt, and now Courtney must prove to police that she’s not a murderer, but she is one of the killer’s intended victims. As investigators hammer her for answers, Courtney knows she has two choices: run, or trust the brooding, sexy detective who’s made it clear she’s his prime suspect.