by Maggi Andersen
Editions: ebook, paperback
Published February 25th 2012 by Black Opal Books (first published 2009)
Source: review copy
She wants the truth, but it may cost her more than she thinks…
An ex-patriot-American living in England, magazine reporter Casey Rowan wakes to find one best friend murdered and another seriously injured. Casey is determined to find the killer, despite running afoul of the detective in charge of the case—a blue-eyed Scot named Rod Carlisle, who considers her a prime suspect. As Casey gets closer to the truth, losing her heart to the sexy cop isn’t the only thing she risks. Now her life is danger, too.
He wants her, but he may have to choose between love and duty…
Rod has no patience with civilians who interfere in police matters, even hot little numbers like Casey. Though he tries to keep things professional, Casey’s beauty and spunk are hard to resist. He warns her that what she’s doing is dangerous, but he only succeeds in alienating her. She refuses to listen and goes off on her own with disastrous results. Now Rod’s in a race to find the killer before the woman he loves becomes the next victim.
~ Goodreads Blurb
I’ve had a great time reading this romantic suspense. Maggi Andersen’s writing hooked me from the first two lines, I think. It might have been the first one though, I don’t know. It was that kind of instant connection with a story, you know what I mean?
The plot was intriguing and it did pull me in. I am a sucker for murder mysteries, and I love the ones that really make my think about who did it. I thought about who did in this case until the very end of the story, I had my suspicions and a circle of suspects, so to speak, and I was glad to find out in the end that it was one of my suspects. I’m not letting you know anything, of course, spoilers are d00m. But the murder mystery aspect of it wasn’t the only thing keeping me guessing, I was so anxious about Casey and Rod, will they end up together, won’t they? So it was a suspenseful read on all accounts, really.
The romantic part of the plot wasn’t in your face, more like it was woven into the structure of the story, and it helped built up a lot of tension. The chemistry between the main couple was awesome, but all characters were intriguing and rather charismatic here, even the bad guys in fact. Don and Tessa were really intriguing too, both as a couple and on their own, and though Don’s character was an absentee for most of the story, I felt he was quite solidly built, I had a clear sense of who he was.
The writing was, perhaps, my favorite part of it all. Accessible and really well paced action/tension wise, it helped build up all the tension you needed to be on edge of your seat but also gave a lighthearted note to everything going on. Thanks to that charming nature, I felt the whole thing intensely but at no point did I get really overwhelmed. The tensest moment of the plot was indeed tiling more toward overwhelming, but it was a quick spike, enough to keep your adrenaline pumping but not too much. I love that balance in my reads, and I found it here.
Overall, I say you should give this a try if you’re into romantic suspense. Definitely had a great time reading it.