If I could give it 4 3/4 stars, I would. Daniels is always a must-read for me, and this book didn't disappoint. Nikki St. James is a true-crime writer who comes to a small town to solve the mystery of a kidnapping that happened 25 years before. What few know is that her father was suspected of being responsible.
The plot has a few nice twists and an ending I couldn't guess this time. Of course there's a love interest called Cull McGraw, brother to the kidnapped twins. But it's very slow developing, and no bonking!
The characters are well developed and believable, and I found my self rooting for the heroes, and booing the villains. So well done. And the McGraw family is pretty dysfunctional, which is a change from the usual lovey dovey families that often are a part of Intrigues.
The youngest brother, Ledger, is in love with a waitress who married the wrong guy and is in an abusive relationship. He's the subject of the next book, Dear River, which was delivered to me last week. Looking forward to reading it. Daniels, Paula Graves and Janie Crouch are my absolute fave Intrigue writers.
Here's the blurb:
Burdened by family secrets, this cowboy rides alone
For twenty‐five years, the case of the McGraw twins kidnapping has remained unsolved. As the eldest son, Cull oversees the McGraw horse ranch, wary of prying eyes. So when true‐crime writer Nikki St. James comes forward with new information, Cull can’t believe his father invites her onto the compound.
His family has suffered enough—he’s not about to let St. James snoop and ruin them completely. But Nikki finds the eldest McGraw’s protectiveness as endearing as it is aggravating. After all, this case is personal to her, too… And her secrets can set the truth free—if they don’t destroy the McGraws first.
I read it in two sittings, it was that good.