Elliot and Emma Chase—featuring a San Diego investigative team with a soft spot
for lost causes and a passion for redemption.
Cora. . . .
I got my driver’s license on my sixteenth birthday so I could visit my brother
in prison. Five and a half years later, he’s still locked up for a murder he didn’t commit and I’m still trying to find a way to set him
free. Then I hear about Nash Security and Investigation, a private detective
agency that helped exonerate a wrongfully convicted man after thirty-nine years
in prison. The problem? They’ve already taken on the one pro-bono case they’ll
accept this year.
Leo. . . . I’m
this close to finishing law
school—and never working another day at my dad’s P.I. office—when Cora Hollis
walks through the door. She’s got a box of files, a handful of leads, and an
independent streak a mile wide. She fascinates me and I can’t say no. Suddenly
I’m volunteering to help her find a missing witness who could be the key to her
brother’s case. But nothing is what it seems and giving in to the attraction
between us could be more dangerous than finding the real murderer.
prove that her brother is innocent. After more than 5 years, her resources are
running low and she’s put her life on hold for a long time. Her last shot is
Nash Security and Investigation but since they’ve already taken on their pro
bono case for the year, her only option is to work with Leo Nash, a spoilt law
student who is looking forward to his last day working for his father’s firm….until
Cora. When Cora steps into Leo’s life, everything changes for him. Initially,
he only helps her out of an intense attraction but Leo slowly gets more
invested in Cora’s case and his investigative instincts are much better than he
thought. Together, Leo and Cora go on the chase of a dangerous killer.
Beth Yarnall and I really enjoyed it. For a romantic suspense, it sets itself
apart from other books in the genre especially in the investigation. Someone looking
for action and adventure won’t find it in this book. Vindicate is much more
focused on the investigation and following clues to free Cora’s brother. I
really enjoyed this part of the story and watching Leo realize his full
potential. In many ways, Cora helps him grow up and take responsibility for his
actions. Compared to the ‘chase’, the ending left me a bit disappointed but I
hope there will be more books in this series, in particular about Cora’s
brother and we’ll be able to meet up with Leo and Cora again as well.