by Becky Flade
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
Friendship. Secrets. Murder.
When her best friend, Sawyer Gavin, roars into town on his motorcycle, Tala Gael thinks life couldn’t get any better. What she couldn’t have anticipated was his appearance heralding a time of change in her quiet, comfortable existence.
With her life turned upside down, Tala resists Sawyer’s advances, clinging to the familiar.
Tragedy changes her mind, but as she takes the leap of faith into Sawyer’s arms, they find themselves suspects in a murder investigation. And Tala learns she’s not the only person in Trappers’ Cove keeping an impossible secret.
Jealousy is when you worry someone will take what you have; envy is coveting what someone else has; and both can lead to murder.
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Her cabin came into view and anger overrode the fading anxiety. The door sat open and askew, hanging on one hinge. The windows were shattered. She slammed the car into park and leaped from her vehicle. Pottery ground under her heels as she ran up the steps, her planters were overturned, some broken, soil littered the porch and the tender shoots of the flowers she’d planted were crushed like sad soldiers. Her porch swing dripped in red paint.
Her hands, curled into fists, shook, as she moved to the doorway and peered inside, prepared to find more destruction. The word BITCH scrawled in the same red paint across the mirror inside the entry. Trails of crimson dripped down the wall as though her home bled. But the damage inside appeared limited to the defaced mirror.
Bastard must have heard me coming and took off. Took off into the woods. Could be a few yards away, watching, enjoying her reaction to the destruction, the violation, the insult. Her body whirled as she scanned the forest. The brush was too dense, too green, to see much. Even on a bright summer day such as this, the fauna sucked out the light, and the darkness the shadows provided meant Derrick could be right there and she’d never know it. But she’d be visible.
“Come on out and face me, you fucking coward.”
The woods lived, it breathed, even in the barest, coldest, darkest days of winter. On a day like this, it thrived. Hummed with the sounds of life. It was never truly quiet. Today those sounds were muted. Hushed even. But there was no response to her challenge. Tala strode strong, purposeful, unhurried steps to her car. She wasn’t going to run; she wouldn’t be cowed.
So this book. I got this book back in August as an ARC and I’ll be honest, I didn’t read it until yesterday. Why? Lots of reasons but the main one is that I knew when I read it, the series would be over. I don’t want this series to be over. When I first read Aiden and Maggie’s story not only was I hooked on the series but I found an author that not only did I like but now with Facebook, I genuinely like her, too. Her personal humor crosses over to her books and that’s what gets me in the end. Sarcasm-check, coffee addiction-check, her love of family-check, and just the ability to make me fall in love with her characters as real people.
I know, its kinda stalkerish to fall in love with characters but I did with this series. I’ve been waiting for Tala’s (Maggie and Aiden’s daughter) story for some time. When I was introduced to Sawyer, I just knew that they were fated. LOL! The irony but their journey isn’t easy. Ms. Flade puts them through the wringer more than once. And yes, their story starts in the Fated Desires, which is Sawyer’s mother (Jenna). I feel like its important that of all the books in the series, you really need to read Fated Desires before this one. You will need some of the backstories in regards to certain characters. Not a must but there are references that might be confusing.
All that said, I can not say enough of this book. I knew that outcome but it was fun getting there. There is violence in the book. Domestic to be exact, so be forewarned. Ms. Flade does a great job with those scenes and I really expected something to happen with Aiden when it came to that but…and also at the end, too. (Hint to Ms. Flade…I needed Aiden one more time. Just one more time) If you read the first book then you know what I’m talking about. *sigh* I needed my grumpy man to come out. But I digress…I loved seeing Liz as Tala’s best friend and seeing Liz become integrated into the family. Sawyer is great with her, too. I’m not going to talk about the villain in the book. Honestly, I should have figured it out but I didn’t. Ms. Flade, I bow down to you. It NEVER crossed my mind. I can be so dumb sometimes but I loved what you did with that character. It made perfect sense in the end and I great way to finish Tala and Sawyer’s story. I did feel a bit sorry for the character in the end.
In this book, all the characters from all the other books are back and I loved that we get to see them again but in different roles this time. Carter is still the sexy sheriff, Henley still can’t cook but she is there for Tala, Jenna is the blushing bride, Finn is all grown up and we finally get to see Millie, Sawyer’s twin sister in this one. I just wish I had more time with everyone. I miss them already and I just finished the book. There is a paranormal twist in the book and I loved it. I finally understood the line in the second book when Henley calls Tala a wood nymph. Makes sense and I loved that the line is used in this book, too.
Peeps, I know you get tired of me saying read this book, read this series, you won’t be sorry but I can not emphasize enough the importance of reading it. Ms. Flade has fleshed out important characters that are relatable, sexy, realistic, and just downright loveable. Her villains are top-notch, too. Not over the top but important characters in their own right, too. She fleshes them out and in the end, you feel kinda sad for them. At least I did in this book.
This is one of my top 5 reads of the year and in the top 5 of my all-time favorite series ever written. Ms. Flade, I can’t wait to see what you come up with next for me to read. My heart will forever be in Minnesota and I will be waiting for the pack to return to Tala in the future. Oh wait, I didn’t tell you…there is a pack of wolves that are VERY important to this story but you will need to read the book to find out why. 😉
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When I was little I thought everyone had stories in their head. When I found out that wasn’t true and that only special people had stories to tell, I wanted to be one of the people who shared their stories with the world. Here I am, making my own dreams come true, one happily ever after at a time.
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