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Ten months ago, Elizabeth Baker uncovered a dangerous secret about her politician husband - a secret that nearly got her killed. Now she and her children are running for their lives. When Beth is hired as the caretaker of a remote Pennsylvania estate, she dares to hope she has found a corner of the world where Congressman Richard Baker can’t find them. But when her new boss dies suddenly and his nephew inherits the estate, Beth is faced with outwitting a former homicide detective who is very smart, very suspicious - and very attractive.
Forced into retirement by an injury and grieving the loss of his uncle, Jack O’Malley is unprepared to share his new home with a strange woman and her two kids. He is even less prepared for the instantaneous attraction he feels whenever Beth enters the room. She is beautiful, intelligent, kind…and obviously terrified of someone or something. As Jack’s investigation uncovers the shocking details of Beth’s past, the rural community is shaken by the murder of a local woman. Driven by instinct and desire, Jack is determined to keep Beth and her children safe, even if doing so means putting his heart - and his life - on the line.
©2012 Brilliance Audio (P)2011 Melinda Leigh
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4 out of 5 stars
By Katrina on 02-13-15

Started Off Slow

I almost returned this book because it started off so slow but the pace and storyline eventually sped up and I ended up enjoying it.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Joy on 01-27-14

Good story poor narration

The story was engaging and enjoyable but at times the narration was akin to nails drug across a chalkboard. Amy's soft spoken, monotone voice did not do this book any justice.
In the end the story was worth putting up with the poor narration.

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 03-29-18

Avoid

This book is terrible. I stopped reading it. The dialogue and situations are improbable at best. it's hard to believe a woman fleeing an abusive relationship with her 2 children would move them into a house with a man she didn't know, but it's ridiculous that within a week the abused woman was so horny for the strange man that she wanted to move because she couldn't control her libido. all without having received any kind of counselling for the abuse. the author did nothing to build any kind of romance between them, apart from them both noticing how hot the others body is. which made the main characters look like horny high schoolers. her mother's intuition needs tuning up!
phrases such as "erotic as hell" and grammar such as "broken piece of glass" are just awkward. Don't waste your time, there are better books out there.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Carôle on 01-18-18

Hard to embrace

I cannot relate with the characters in this novel on a personal level and the writing does not draw me into empathise with them either. I persevered for 20 chapters and realised that I don't care about their daily lives, the intrigue is not intriguing and the back story is being dragged out for so long that, I no longer care how anything is resolved.

There appears to be 3 plot lines, but not 1 or them can hold my interest. I'm new to this author, but have read 3 other books of hers - the Scarlett Falls series - which I thoroughly enjoyed. I find it hard to believe that they were penned by the same person. Those other characters were far stronger, approachable and endearing.

Fortunately for me, I was able to listen to this because of my Kindle Unlimited subscription, so I don't feel cheated in any way. I will try other books by this author, but I doubt that I will continue with this series.

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4 out of 5 stars
By kathy quinton on 11-17-17

Murder Mystery &Romance

A great read,a can’t put down story,with entwined crimes I’m looking forward to another book by this author.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Ruth Gibson on 03-09-16

to sloppy

This was good but it would have been great if there was more focus on the mystery thriller aspect and tone down the romance ..romance is good but when its over done, well????

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