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This was a pretty good story. I had some mixed feelings about the story because the story was really good but there were a few points of annoyance/WTF moments that caused my opinion to waver a bit. It ended well though so my overall rating stands. :)
Lou is a barista that volunteers for the Field County's ice rescue dive team. She grew up in an uptight family with parents that wanted her subservient and willing to marry her step-father's second-in-command with no thought of what she wanted. She finally broke free and moved to the mountains but her parents aren't supportive and seem to prefer her Ex over her, still waiting for her to "come to her senses!".
Callum is Captain of the Field County's ice rescue dive team. He's a very controlled and commanding person that does well in his position. Callum grew up with a single mother that couldn't do anything for herself and brought losers into their home constantly. Callum is nothing like that and has been single a while when the story begins.
Lou and Callum have had a weird relationship for the first few months she's been on the dive team before this story begins. Callum liked Lou and was trying not to show it so he kept their communication very professional/instructive/lecturing. Lou was definitely attracted to Callum but thought she annoyed him because of his constant stern demeanor around her. Also, there was the small issue of Lou speaking her mind often and part of that included how hot she thought some of the men around her are hot. Some of which is within hearing distance of Callum, leading him to think she was seriously interested in these men when she was actually just making passing comments in general and has no lasting interest in any man other than Callum. When the story begins, this is how things are going between Lou and Callum. The dive team has a training session that leads to finding a dead body that the police is having trouble identifying. This prompts Lou to start s a Nancy Drew type investigation into the identity of the body and Callum gets pulled into it.
The larger part of the story becomes the stalker that Lou has...she doesn't even know it at first but she starts having a string issues that could just be bad luck. However, when she finds out her flat tires have actually been slashed, she realizes it's intentional and the police get involved. Callum sees her in danger and steps in, getting more protective as more evidence mounts that the stalker is close. Lou was too submissive to her parent's wants and now feels the need to make it on her own so she worries about being too clingy with Callum during everything that's going on. She resists his protectiveness a bit but thankfully, she doesn't pull any TSTL moves and mostly allows the protection, especially as the stalker gets creepier. There isn't a huge amount of drama (although the ending is somewhat dramatic), the story focused more around danger and suspense. Things do get wrapped up well and by the end, Callum and Lou are together and heading towards a HEA.
This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked Lou and thought she was a good heroine. She wasn't a superwoman...she was more realistic and I liked that she was scared at times but showed the bravery to push through it. Callum...well, he was a great hero and I can't think of any complaints about him except I wish we'd have gotten some of his PoV. Although there were a few points in the story I wasn't too hot on, overall I liked the story and characters and would recommend it. :)
* note - The narrator sounded pretty good but I did notice a couple of words that she mispronounced.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
story was OK, but thought main female was a little annoying. at times it was funny, but I felt like she was really immature. I also didn't like that the main male didn't have a pov. it was all from her or the stalker, Wich felt like I didn't get the whole story. finished the book, but won't be getting the others.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Such fabulous characters, there were times I laughed out loud at some of the things Lou said. Really well read, I can see myself listening to it over and over! I'm off to find any other books by this author on audible