My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Contemporary Suspense/Romance
Book Description: A story about how fate will carry us where we need to go whether we are willing passengers or not.
After being jilted not once, but twice by the only woman he’s ever truly loved, Brian McAlister has all but given up on relationships. Then, on special assignment for the DA's office, he steps into the middle of a politically sensitive murder case where he crosses paths with a beautiful ex-socialite-turned-social-worker, Holly Cavanaugh Winter.
Widowed, practically penniless, and reduced to shopping at Walmart, Holly is dreading the approaching holiday season. However, her angst isn't due to her husband's untimely death the previous December 25th, but to a secret that could reveal itself unless she can find a way to avoid the coming Christmas. To make matters worse, she unwittingly stumbles into the throes of Brian’s case and the manhunt for a killer who now has his sights set on her.
His case unraveling, Brian finds himself tasked with keeping Holly and her two daughters safe while bringing an assassin and the powerful man who hired him to justice.
My thoughts: This book had a very interesting plot. Holly is a widowed mental-health counselor working in a hospital. She helps patients with their emotional needs before or after treatment. She treats a patient who had a gun shot wound and is brought into a mystery full of corruption and murder.
I really liked the characters of Holly and Brian. They are the romantic interest in the story. Both suffer from situations that make it hard for them to love and trust another. Holly also comes with two daughters, something that Brian is not sure he wants to take on. I loved how protective Brian is towards the daughters, he is a father figure even if he is not sure he wants the actual job.
This book has a lot of innuendo and the language is not clean. There is also an attempted rape. While the book does not depict sex scenes, they are talked about quite a bit.
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