The queen of romantic suspense returns with a heart-racing tale in which a former soldier turned rancher and a beautiful designer race to stop a vicious killer—a battle for survival that threatens to explode in an intense and irresistible passion An art dealer and owner of her own design studio, Perfect Touch, Sarah “Sam” Maddox travels the world to find the ideal artwork for her clients. Her sophisticated, comfortable life in San Francisco is light years away from the poverty of her family’s dairy farm, and Sam will do whatever it takes to keep her business strong. A dedicated urban career woman focused on her work, she doesn’t have time or energy for a family or distracting romantic entanglements. Jay Vermillion recently inherited Vermillion Sky, a working ranch near Wyoming’s breathtaking Grand Teton Mountains—and the estates of the rich and restless. While he was fighting in two wars, his father tried to keep the homestead running, until illness stole his fight and then his life. Jay’s determined to restore Vermillion Sky, but first he’s got to settle a vicious battle with his former stepmother over some of his late father’s paintings. The last thing on his mind is a finding a wife and creating a sixth generation of Vermillions. When Jay hires Sam to handle his father’s artwork, it’s love at first sight—a mutually inconvenient attraction that is soon complicated by a double murder at the edge of the ranch and a potential betrayal even closer to home. Working together to unmask a murderer, Sam and Jay try to fight the intense heat between them. Then the killer targets Sam. And suddenly, Jay, the war-weary soldier, finds something he’s once again willing to die for . . .
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Romance, adventure, and a mystery all rolled into one! We meet Sara when she comes to Jackson, WY to meet her “mystery man,” Jay Vermillion. She’s been providing expert art advice remotely, but they’ve never met in person. Almost as soon as she gets to Jackson, it seems like her bad luck starts.
I liked both Sara and Jay. They are both complex characters and we get to know them fairly well throughout the story without a ton of information being dumped on us at once. At first, how quickly the two of them became romantic bothered me because insta-lust seem out of character for both. But, one of the points made early in the narrative related to how much time they had spent talking over the last several months. The fact that an emotional connection had been forming and was reinforced by the physical attraction made me more comfortable with how quickly their relationship took off.
The author does an excellent job of blending Jay and Sara’s budding romance in with the mystery/adventure elements of the story. I did feel like Bad guy #1 was telegraphed a little bit with how things were set up. He was just too everything to not have been involved somehow. I was surprised by who else was involved and the resolution to that was perfect.This was definitely a fun and interesting read and I look forward to more from this author.
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