I’m just a little sad that this series has come to an end. I’ve loved getting to know the eccentric and quirky characters and witnessing the crazy things they’ve gotten themselves involved in, but all good things must come to an end and what a way to go. We find out who killed HDG and who the arsonist is, get a sweet friends to lovers romance as well as spend quite a bit of time with the couples we’ve come to love.
Daisy was a pleasant surprise and I really liked her. She experienced a devastating loss at 16 and it has turned her into an agoraphobic and yet she isn’t an entirely broken woman. Yes, she won’t set foot outside of her home and she only has one friend, but she has this openness and warmth that shines through and a curiosity that would make a cat proud and the woman can kick ass. I loved watching as she evolved throughout the story and how she took charge of taking the steps to overcome her phobia. They were baby steps, but they were baby steps in the right direction.
Chris, this will probably sound horrible, but he is simply a good guy. I hate to compare characters, whether they be in the same series or not, but when you look at the males that we’ve met in the series, Chris really is the boy next door in comparison. But it isn’t a bad thing. I liked that while he did have a little bit of baggage, he was the even keel, relatively normal guy. He loves being a deputy and doing what he can to help in the community and is level headed and a really sweet guy.
Although Daisy and Chris were brought together because of a tragedy and some guilt thrown into the mix, their friendship is genuine. These are two people who trust, respect and truly like who the other person is. Their romance is a bit rocky due to things being left unsaid, but once they finally come clean with what’s been going on in their heads their road to their HEA smoothes out and it was fun to watch them finally become more than just friends.
The mystery of who killed Willard Grey (HDG) and who the arsonist is finally gets solved and I really liked how the author did it. Not only do we, the reader, find out who they are before the characters in the book do, but she brings the couples from the previous books in to work together to solve it. It was frustrating at times knowing who the culprits were but I enjoyed how they worked together to solve it. And though I was surprised when I found out who they were, the reasons for their actions made sense, even if they weren’t right.
I really do wish that this wasn’t the end of the series. I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve spent in Simpson and there are still characters I want to know more about like Soup and Junior, but may be there will be a spin off one day and we’ll be able to revisit everyone and see how they’re all doing.
~ ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
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Daisy Little has lived in agoraphobic terror for over eight years. Trapped within a prison of her own making, she watches time pass through her bedroom window. Daisy knows she'll never be a part of the world...until the day she becomes the sole witness of a terrible crime that may finally tear the Search and Rescue brotherhood apart for good.
A fan of the old adage “write what you know”, Katie Ruggle lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, shoots guns (not while riding, although that would be awesome), cross-country skis (badly) and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, box