After what Laura Vennetti and her son have been through, she’s avoided all contact with the police. Then her son brings detective Ethan Winter into their lives. Despite how appealing – and gorgeous – he is, it’s safe to say Ethan isn’t her dream man…
Immediately, though, Laura can see how different he is from her late husband. Ethan is thoughtful, considerate and a good influence on her son. Add in the intense attraction between her and Ethan and the temptation to give in is irresistible. To her surprise, Laura feels the wounds of the past healing, making her wonder if she could love this cop forever.
This guy is supposed to be six-four, and attractive. I hate how they always use REALLY tall women and regular-sized men for their covers!
Well, this was brave!
You know, if any other author had written this book, I would have put it down after a few pages. It tackles some big, heavy, US-centric issues, and I know few people could have made it work. However, I love Janice Kay Johnson’s books, and so I made myself continue, and I’m glad I did.
This book is about US gun culture. That is the heart of the story. The heroine’s late-husband left his gun out, their little son accidentally killed someone with it, and then later the husband committed suicide. The sort of news headline that travels across oceans and even makes it onto television here.
How in the world do you write this story without upsetting half of America?! I think the author managed it.
I have never lived in a gun culture, and even coming from a military family, I do not know a single person who privately owns a gun or would ever consider buying one. Guns don’t factor into my existence, and so I look on things like gun shows and the NRA with total bewilderment.
I think this was a factual, unbiased representation of the situation. After all, major characters both own guns and teach gun safety classes, but guns are by no means glorified. It was as balanced as I think it could possibly have been.
On top of all the gun stuff, Johnson is just a plain good writer. She researches the bejesus out of her topics and can write people of all genders, ages and cultures convincingly. She writes realistic characters and believable romances. She has little nuances in their actions so they seem like real people, not creations from a book.
If there was one thing in this one I wasn’t so sure of, it was the way the heroine’s family did a total turnaround after years of heavy, horrible treatment, just because she spoke to them for thirty seconds. It was the only thing in the book I couldn’t believe in.
However, this was yet another good read by this writer.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.