Rochelle Marks is working hard to build a name for herself that has nothing to do with her pinup-girl curves. She’s made mistakes in the past, and now she’s trying to stop her little sister, Stacy, from making worse ones. Rochelle’s done with being nothing more than someone’s good time. Even if that someone is the one-night stand who turned her life upside down before vanishing—and who’s just arrived in Paradise, Idaho, looking to pick up where they left off.
Tech mogul Travis Cochran’s hard-won new priorities have brought him to town as a university lecturer, but he’s come for something else, too: the smart, sassy, gorgeous woman who’s been in his head for months. When Stacy’s choices draw her big sister into a web of down-home crime and cold-blooded murder, Travis’s mission gets a whole lot more urgent. Now convincing Rochelle to trust him isn’t just about winning her back. It may be the only way to keep her alive.…
4 stars - Would Recommend to a friend
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In Turn Me Loose, we return to Paradise, Idaho for another suspense filled adventure. We meet Rochelle (she also appeared in Books 1 & 2 of the series) a hard working 30 something who has pulled herself up by her bootstraps to make a good life for herself. She is also trying to help her college age sister, Stacey.
Rochelle gets a shock when Travis, a one-night stand from 9 months earlier, appears in her life after promising to call and then disappearing. There are two stories going in Turn Me Loose, there is the romance between Rochelle and Travis and a murder of a young woman in the community. Ms. James does a fantastic job of weaving the two story lines together and tying everything in with Rochelle's commitment to her family.
I enjoyed Rochelle as a character. She's a fantastic example of someone who battles the social stereotypes to carve out the life she wants. Life hasn't always been easy, but she is making progress to get where she wants to be. I also appreciated that even though her attraction to Travis was present from the moment he stepped into her office, she made him earn the second chance. Travis is a fun guy and it was fantastic to watch him woo Rochelle and make the effort to do things right for her. He had some fantastic romantic gestures, both big and small.
The suspense story line is intriguing and keeps you guessing right until the very end. As we moved through the story, I think I had at least different theories on what was going on and I was completely wrong! Turn Me Loose is a well written story with great characters and a good balance between romance and suspense so that both story lines are evenly represented. This is another great installment to the Paradise franchise!