When Naomi is a young girl she discovers what real monsters are when she finds her father has been killing woman for years. Naomi is the one to find one of his victims and bring her to the police but it also means that her and her brother’s life will never be the same. As an adult Naomi has changed her name, moved away and keeps her past a secret from everyone. Xander is intrigued by the new woman in town and he won’t let a dark past change his feelings toward her. But someone from Naomi’s past has returned and wants to make sure she doesn’t find any happiness.
I absolutely love Nora Roberts so my review is likely biased. As always, I enjoyed the characters Roberts created and since she’s a master at developing relationships I wanted to be friends with everyone in town. Another great Nora Roberts romance!
The beginning of the book was so suspenseful and it really set a tone for the story, but once Naomi turns her father in, the tone shifts and it’s more a regular contemporary romance. There were parts that got more intense, the scenes in the killer POV and especially in the end when Naomi has to confront her past, but overall the suspense/mystery portion was pretty mild. There was nothing wrong with the story the way it was but the beginning had me believing it would be more of a mystery than it was.
Xander was so charming and confident and just enough cocky to be appealing without becoming annoying or a jerk. He was the perfect personality to counter Naomi who is very set in her ways. I loved how they were together and as individual people with other friends. Naomi had no idea what hit her and just couldn’t resist. I also loved Naomi’s brother Mason and her uncles and would have loved to see more of them.
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Romance, Suspense • Berkley • April 12, 2016
Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up―especially the determined Xander Keaton.
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.