Buried Lies by Kaylea Cross
Series: Crimson Point #2
Published: November 27, 2018 by Kaylea Cross Inc.
Genre: Suspense Romance
She left her painful past behind.
Poppy Larsen is finally free. She moved to Crimson Point to make a new life for herself, full of bright possibilities. A whole new world awaits her, if she can find the courage to trust again—even her gorgeous neighbor, the town sheriff. But darkness lurks in the picturesque Oregon Coast town, concealing a deadly threat that’s closer than she ever imagined.
Now a killer is watching her from the shadows.
Sheriff Noah Buchanan can’t help but be intrigued by his new neighbor. She’s hard working, sexy as hell, and unlike most of the women in town, she hasn’t thrown herself at him. After it becomes clear that she plans to put down roots here, he finds himself falling more and more for Poppy and her big heart. When someone from her past tries to hurt her, it triggers all his protective instincts. But the real danger is hiding in plain sight. When the unthinkable happens, Noah is thrust into a race against time to save her before it’s too late.
I really enjoyed Buried Lies and it was a great follow up to the previous one in the series. Poppy has finally opened her bookstore/bakery and she’s determined to make a new home in Crimson Point. As a teenager, Poppy was horribly bullied by other kids at school and lies and rumors trashed her reputation around her judgmental small town. Poppy will do anything to make sure no one knows about her hard past. I loved Poppy as our heroine; she’s incredibly hard working and dedicated but also really sweet. She’s had to grow up fast and her experiences have her reluctant to trust other people, especially men. Poppy has a quiet and gentle nature that comes across really nicely but she’s also so resilient and strong and I loved that contrast of strength and shyness.
Looking out for others is deep in Noah’s blood and bones and it’s why he’s a Sheriff. He’s the perfect protective and loyal hero who recognizes Poppy’s needs and goes at her pace. Noah’s tough and masculine but I also loved that he has a softer side that just wants to make Poppy happy. I also truly appreciate that Kaylea Cross wrote a hero who isn’t obsess with the fact that his ex-wife cheated on him This was so refreshing in the genre because it showed Noah’s maturity and his confidence that he can move on and still find happiness.
Noah and Poppy take things slowly in their relationship but I liked this slow burn because it felt very natural for the story and them as individuals. While they might go slowly they have plenty of chemistry and I loved them together. We also get to see some more developments in our side characters, Molly and Jase, setting up their story which I have a feeling will be pretty emotional.
Outside the romance, there was a great suspenseful mystery regarding a serial killer that has been hunting in the nearby areas and has now targeted Poppy. I found it very interesting that a large part of the story occurs after Poppy’s run-in with our bad guy and I liked how Cross explored the mental and emotional toll of that experience. I’m very curious to see how this series continues.
**Reader Safety: Heroine is kidnapped and buried alive (on page)
4 stars – it was enjoyable
ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review
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