Published by Tantor Media on 2012
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Contemporary
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A SHADOW IN THE WINDOW
Nia Hollister doesn’t scare easily. She’s returned to Ash, Kentucky, with a vengeance—and with a mission: find the killer who brutally ended her cousin’s life. What she didn’t count on was trembling with desire every time she sees Law Reilly. If any man can help her escape the nightmares for a while, it’s him. But can she allow herself to take comfort in those strong arms when her sister’s killer still roams free?
She may think she’s a bad ass, but she should not have come back to his town. He is watching her—as she slips into Law Reilly’s house, as she storms into the sheriff’s office. These men won’t be able to protect her when her time comes. Timing is everything, though he can’t wait forever. She’s nosing around the woods, looking for his hiding place. Yes, he is watching her . . . through the window . . . in her bed . . .
If she’s not scared, she should be . . . because he is very good at what he does.
This is the last in the series where we FINALLY get to know who the killer is. This book has a great amount of heat between our hero and heroine but mainly we finally get to know who the killer is. I can honestly say that I did know who it was from book one but I know many who read/listened to it did not have a true clue. There was suspicion but as others have said there is misdirection that makes some doubt their instincts.
Nia isn’t a girlie girl or in any way a woman who wants to be just a wife … She’s very independent and driven to figure out who actually killed her cousin. She’s not happy with what she’s found out and comes back to Ash to get to the bottom of this. She’s got a partner in Ezra and in Law but she isn’t willing to sit back to let Ezra slowly uncover the truth. She pushes. She makes inquiries that cause the killer to become worried. She just won’t back down even as attacks and incidents start to occur that make it clear the killer isn’t happy with her actions. She also is fiercely attracted to Law but isn’t easily caught by him. When she finally lets him in for a fling what results is more than she expects so she does make some errors. I do like that she stayed true to her character so even the dark moment was expected even as I was pissed about it.
Law is at a crossroads… His best friend has now managed to get her life back and is moving on with the love of her life. His former crush has moved on with the love of her life … and… Law… well Law is still trying to understand what caused him to be instantly, crazily attracted to Nia. He writes that off as she won’t be back around but then she storms back in to town. He’s definitely protective but he doesn’t completely try to control her. He wants her safe and to wait for help versus storm the castle alone. I liked how growly he was but also the fact that once he had her that he didn’t hold back. He was in love completely and still made sure that Nia was able to make her own mind up. He knows that she isn’t going to be easy but he’s willing to play the long game in order to get the results he wants.
Now… the killer… He’s completely fucked up and when you get more of his story you’ll be stunned at how good he was at putting on a facade. He’s hidden himself from the public so well and the lengths he goes to in order to try to get out of this is stunning. We do have some casualties but that is expected and there will be a lot of work to do for Ezra to get his new town thru it. Ash will never be the same as they recover from this.