Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Suspense, Thrillers
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A FACE IN THE MIRROR
Hope Carson may not look like a survivor, but she has escaped an abusive ex-husband and recovered from a vicious assault. Now she endures the painful memories and suspicious rumors surrounding her involvement in the attack. Her ex is a cop, so the last people she trusts are law enforcement officials—and she certainly doesn’t trust how the local DA makes her feel inside.
Remy Jennings should know better. He has no business falling for a woman who he suspects may have a deeply troubled mind. And even if he did make a move, she’d bolt like a frightened rabbit. But how can he deny a burning desire that threatens to consume him? As Hope’s past catches up with her in the worst way, Remy is determined to break through her defenses, earn her trust, and keep her safe in his arms—before it’s too late.
We enter book two in this trilogy and still don’t have a bead on who the killer is but… as I said in my review of book one I did have an idea which seemed to get firmed up a bit in this one for me. We get to see more on Lena and Ezra so that makes it nice to get to understand their relationship a bit more but this book really does pull Hope and Remy to the forefront.
Hope is someone who desperately needs to be free from her past but she can’t outrun it nor is she ready to truly face it in the beginning of this story. She will make you happy as she fights so hard for her friend Law but she is so scared of her past that she doesn’t always fight for herself. I loved her spirit as she realized that some people were on her side and that Remy was not what she expected. She also shows her true strength as she finally stands up for herself in so many ways. You’ll enjoy her spunk and watching her finally own what she wants and who she is. As someone who has felt like she was invisible and her feelings/wants weren’t important by those who should have been supportive… I cheered her on.
Remy made me smile so many times during this story. He really is so amazingly supportive of Hope but even he struggled to balance his need to protect her and his need to make sure she knew she was strong enough. He also struggles with making sure that he isn’t misreading her reactions to him. He wants her so much but also knows that she’s been thru so much so struggles to balance this so she can heal. I adored him but appreciated it when he made mistakes and Hope called him on them. This helped both of them find that middle ground where both of their needs were heard and met.
The story is fairly fast paced and I admit to being quite sad when someone I liked fulfilled his part in this story. I didn’t see that coming but at the same time I appreciated why it went the way it did. I also quite enjoyed seeing Law play a larger role in this and the way it played out folding so nicely in to the next story. This is definitely a trilogy where waiting until all three books were out was such a great idea. I don’t know if I would’ve been happy waiting for the third story to release…
Narration was nicely done with the pacing and vocal nuances adding to the story without distracting me from the characters.