Genres: Romance, Suspense
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It was a dream come true.
Buying a run-down farm in a beautiful Vermont town is the start of a new life for Sophie Davis. She moves her mother, Grace, and her half sister, Marty, out of the city, hoping the change will help both women sort out their complicated lives. And for Sophie, turning Stonegate Farm into a quaint country inn is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. She doesn't even mind that the farm was the scene of a grisly multiple murder twenty years earlier….
Then a stranger comes to town.
When a stranger moves in next to the farm, Sophie believes the sense of peace she has built for herself and her family is being threatened. Because there's something different about John Smith. It's clear he's keeping secrets…and that he's come to Colby, Vermont, for a reason. And that reason has something to do with Sophie and Stonegate Farm.
Now her dream is becoming a nightmare.
Who is John Smith? Why does his very presence make Sophie feel so completely out of control? And why is she beginning to suspect that this mysterious stranger will put in jeopardy everything she's dreamed of—maybe even her own life?
4 Murderous Stars!!!
When Sophie Davis buys a rundown lakeside farm, she moves her parentless and rebellious almost 18-year-old half-sister, and seemingly pre-Alzheimer mother into what she hopes it to be the answer to her problems. Sophie Davis, according to her sister Martie, is known as the “Poor Woman’s Martha Stewart”. She uses her successful homemaking columnist skills to convert the old farm house into a B&B. Stonegate Farm on Still Lake in Colby, VT unfortunately, has a grisly history. Meanwhile, “John Smith” has rented the cottage across the lake, and from the start, Sophie resents his presence, resents what he makes her feel and wants him gone!!!
Was he a murderer? That question has haunted Thomas Griffin for 20 years.
Twenty years earlier Griffin woke up at Stonegate farm covered in blood and accused of killing his girlfriend. Five years later, Griffin’s conviction was overturned and Griffin went on to become a successful lawyer and now it’s time for Griffin to finally find out what happened that night. Changing his name and renting the lake cottage he learns that the farm where the murder took place is being turned into a B&B. Now, Griffin/John Smith has to find a way to search the property for clues to a decades-old murder and keep his hands off the pretty curvy innkeeper.
The sexual tension between Sophie and John is palpable, it kept me waiting (impatiently) for them to succumb to their mutual attraction and when they do, it is fast, hard, and frenzied!!
“He went in hard, fast, deep, only barely able to control himself. She wrapped her legs around his, and he reached down and pulled them higher, up around his hips, so that he was deeper still, and she was tight, clasping, milking him with the power of her climax, which was almost sweetly painful.”
Anne Stuart gives us plenty of potential characters to ponder as the killer including Griffin, however about a quarter way into the book, I was pretty sure I knew who the killer was. I loved that Anne Stuart gave us a ‘real’ woman in Sophie who is more than willing to eat that second muffin or piece of pie! Meanwhile, Griffin is all alpha, and doesn’t sugarcoat his attempts to seduce Sophie…actually he does quite the opposite, he’s rude, foul, and doesn’t give a rat’s ass what anyone thinks of him, including Sophie.
Another great Anne Stuart read!!!