Good grief, I’m late again! Okay, but better to show up late to the party than not at all, isn’t that right? 🙂
The Theme: Random Pick
The Book: River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz
Why it was in my TBR pile: This was recommended by someone I follow on Goodreads and the blurb sounded so good, I snagged it. Unfortunately, it sat in my TBR pile for…like forever. Since this month is whatever we want, it seemed like a good opportunity to knock a romantic suspense off of my list. It is the biggest category in my Kindle, after all. 🙂
It’s been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she’d been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party—by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Obviously Mason Fletcher—only a few years older but somehow a lot more of a grown-up—was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue.
Now, returning after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason had saved her from a very nasty crime that night—and soon afterward, Tristan, the cold-blooded rich kid who’d targeted her, disappeared mysteriously, his body never found.
A lot has changed in thirteen years. Lucy now works for a private investigation firm as a forensic genealogist, while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother—though he still knows his way around a wrench when he fills in at his uncle’s local hardware store. Even Summer River has changed, from a sleepy farm town into a trendy upscale spot in California’s wine country. But Mason is still a protector at heart, a serious (and seriously attractive) man. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside Sara’s house, and some of Tristan’s old friends start acting suspicious, Mason’s quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he’ll save her again. But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue . . .
My absolute favorite books are mysteries wrapped up with a romance. This book hit that sweet spot exactly and I wouldn’t have let it linger on my TBR for so long if I’d known just how good it was. Adding icing on the cake was a second chance romance between two people who were too young the first go round but now are older and wise enough to recognize a good thing when they see it.
Lucy is no wilting flower or damsel-in-distress. She’s direct and doesn’t sky away from difficult situations. When she discovers some heady secrets in her aunt’s house, she immediately starts trying to put the pieces together. In addition to the mystery of Tristan’s disappearance, there is the matter of Lucy’s inheritance. She gained shares to a major corporation in the middle of merger negotiations. The shareholders – all family – are evenly split on whether or not to go through with the merger and yes, you guessed it, Lucy holds the deciding shares. Despite the veiled and not-so-veiled threats, Lucy didn’t back down. She wasn’t going to be run over by anyone – including Mason.
Mason was a former cop and an all around great guy. He’s a protector at his core and he’s been watching out for Lucy since they were kids. He dragged her out of the party because he’d heard a rumor that Tristan was planning on hurting her. He didn’t tell her that at the time (he didn’t want to scare her) – no, he just did the right thing. He removed her from danger and then told her aunt and the police about the situation. That protective streak is still there all those later and when things start becoming dangerous for Lucy, Mason sticks to her like glue.
The mystery was fantastic. I was guessing right up to the end who the villain was. There were a ton of twists and turns, and the story line was complicated enough to keep things interesting and yet everything tied together in the end. The romance was slow building – much slower pacing than the mystery portion – but it was always constant and ever moving forward. By the end, I absolutely believed these two characters could make it work and would be very happy.
I couldn’t have asked for a better read this month. I devoured this book and then proceeded to pick up several more by this author. They will not linger on my TBR list for long – that’s for sure! If you like mysteries and romance, I highly recommend this one.