ago, Kate Beckett was a teenager more interested in summer romance than
babysitting. Then the unthinkable happened: her younger brother was kidnapped
and murdered on her watch. Now she is an advocate for missing children, and her
newest case brings her back to the small town where she lost her brother-and
where she left behind the first boy she ever loved.
Tommy Ibarra’s world fell apart after Kate broke his heart, and he’s spent his
adult life making sure that he’ll never be vulnerable again. When a teenage
girl vanishes, he offers his expertise as a high tech security expert to help
find her. Although he’s determined to keep his distance from Kate, it isn’t
long before he’s falling under her spell all over again.
As they race against the clock, their investigation leads to a brutal killer
with a shocking connection to Kate’s tragic past. And this time, the killer has
Kate firmly in his sites.
LOVED this book. Right from page one I was grabbed into this most excellent
story. It starts off with the heroine Kate at the age of 16 being left by her
parents to watch over her younger brother Michael while they are gone over
night. The whole family is staying at the cottage on Sandpoint for the
summer just as they have for years. Kate’s twin sister, Lauren, was going
to stay at a friend’s house, and her parents wanted Kate to understand
just how much responsibility they were laying on her shoulders. This was
her chance to get her parents to trust her again. They had caught her and her
boyfriend, Tommy, making out in their sunroom just a few days before, and they
were VERY disappointed in her, because she’s supposed to be more level headed
than her twin sister Lauren. Her dad did not approve of Tommy, since his family
did not run in the same upper circles that they did. He’s a
U.S. Senator and he felt Tommy was not good enough for his daughter, and he
didn’t fit into the family’s image. Kate has plans to have Tommy over once
her brother goes to bed, but Michael doesn’t cooperate, so she bribes him with
money to go upstairs so she can have some alone time with Tommy. Tommy comes
over and the two of them start making out and when things begin to get hot and
heavy, Kate starts to feel uncomfortable, thinking her brother might catch
them. Tommy pulls her out of the cottage and onto the beach for some privacy.
They start making out again and then hear a crash that sounds like it came from
the cottage. They run back to the cottage and search for Michael but he
is….GONE!! The events that ensue from that point on are heart-wrenching.
14 years. Kate is working to find missing children and she is back in
Sandpoint, where she is helping to find a missing 14 year old girl. This is
where she meets up with Tommy once again. The attraction they have for each
other is still evident, even though they are both fighting it. They team up
with a few other friends from town, and are looking for clues to help find the
line was gripping! The twists and turns in the plot made this a real
page-turner. Early on I had a feeling who the villain might be, but it was not
confirmed until the end. This person was a total piece of work and quite a
whack job. I have to say that Jami Alden did a REMARKABLE job with all the
characters in this book. Her writing allows the reader to feel their emotions,
character was Tommy; I LOVED him and everything about him. He was extremely
smart, honorable, tender, caring, protective and on top of all that, he was
also sexy and knew his way around a woman’s body.
knows how to write a SCORCHING HOT scene, but they were also tender and caring.
I could feel the connection that Kate and Tommy had with each other while
reading these very sensual scenes. I fell in love with Tommy every bit as
much as Kate did. The sex scenes were detailed, erotic in nature, but nothing
over the top.
progressed, and we neared the end, I was on the edge of my seat, completely
absorbed in the book and how it all played out.
HEA and an epilogue. However, the epilogue was more like the last chapter in
the book, as opposed to a future update in the lives of the characters. I
prefer my epilogues as an update rather than a conclusion to a read.
I LOVED this book and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who enjoys a
really good suspense thriller, with excellent characters, and a hot love story
rolled all into one.
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