Cora. . . . I got my driver’s license on my sixteenth birthday so I could visit my brother in prison. Five and a half years later, he’s still locked up for a murder he didn’t commit and I’m still trying to find a way to set him free. Then I hear about Nash Security and Investigation, a private detective agency that helped exonerate a wrongfully convicted man after thirty-nine years in prison. The problem? They’ve already taken on the one pro-bono case they’ll accept this year.
Leo. . . . I’m this close to finishing law school—and never working another day at my dad’s P.I. office—when Cora Hollis walks through the door. She’s got a box of files, a handful of leads, and an independent streak a mile wide. She fascinates me and I can’t say no. Suddenly I’m volunteering to help her find a missing witness who could be the key to her brother’s case. But nothing is what it seems and giving in to the attraction between us could be more dangerous than finding the real murderer.
This is my first book by Beth Yarnall and I have to say that I’m pretty damn impressed because from the overview of the story to the epilogue she put together a well crafted New Adult Romantic Suspense story that had me hooked throughout and looking to see who the next book in the series would be about and making note of just how long I’d have to wait to get my hands on it.
Cora is one of those characters that due to certain circumstances, her brother being committed of murder and the fallout that occurred in it’s aftermath, has had to mature faster than most in that she supports herself and has learned more about the ins and outs of the legal system than most her age. And yet there is still a naivete that surrounds here when it comes to personal relationships and it makes for quite a complex character that garnered my interest immediately. Her unconditional love and unwavering belief that her brother is innocent and the lengths she has gone to collect the information that could help to set him free was quite impressive especially since almost everyone in her life told her it was a lost cause.
Leo and I had a bit of a rocky start, he had something of a ‘this sucks I don’t want to be here’ attitude going on, which I could understand considering he wasn’t too keen about being his dad’s lap dog for the summer, but thankfully that didn’t last long. In a lot of ways his is the golden boy that’s had things come easily to him his entire life: girls, grades, sports and friends and he has way too much natural charm than one person should have, but you find that he truly does want to do something positive with his life and when focused is quite lethal.
Leo and Cora’s relationship/courtship was actually fun to follow. They both have immediate reactions to each other and their conclusions based on those reactions aren’t too far off base but as most stories go, there is a lot more than meets the eye and as the story progresses not only do they get a deeper look below the surface at each other, but at themselves. As far as their road to their HEA goes, I’d say that while it had it’s steamy moments, it falls more on the sweet side of things, which I do have to say I really liked because it felt right for what we come to learn about both Leo and Cora.
As far as the writing is concerned, I enjoyed it and found that I was equally invested in Leo and Cora’s burgeoning relationship as I was in finding out who really did kill Cassandra. I liked how all the twists and turns to both storylines were revealed and then played out and quite honestly the conclusion to both were very satisfying and felt right.
The Bottom Line: I enjoyed the book and took a little peek to see who the second book would star and can’t wait to see how that all plays out!
~ ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Best selling author, Beth Yarnall writes romantic suspense, mysteries and the occasional hilarious tweet. For a number of years, Beth made her living as a hairstylist and makeup artist and co-owned a salon. Somehow hairstylists and salons always seem to find their way into her stories. Beth lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their dog where she is hard at work on her next novel.