Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Innocent or guilty—there’s nothing perfect about it.
Phoebe Davidson is a good girl who’s been through some bad times. Her life changed forever when she learned that her husband was living a secret life. Now, six years later, she’s just going through the motions of her life, afraid to let anyone in.
When a horrific crime occurs in her home, she meets Logan Matthews, a police detective working the case. When Phoebe herself is charged with the murder, can she trust Logan? Can she, and should she let him into her life?
Reviewed by Ashley 4 of 5 Stars
Phoebe Davidson is a good person who finds herself in a horrible situation. After going out on a blind date she finds an unthinkable crime occurs in her home. To make matters worse, she is being held responsible for the whole offense. She must find a way to deem her innocent of the crime and also find out who is trying to frame her.
“I don’t think I have any enemies. Sure there are people who don’t like me very much, but I can think of no one who actually hates me.”
Logan Matthews is a detective who has just relocated from Miami, FL to the small town of Hickory Grove, VA. On his first big case he finds himself in the presence of Phoebe when he has to question her about the crime that occurred at her house. He is immediately attracted to her and cannot get her off of his mind, but since she is the current suspect he has to keep his distance from her.
After learning more about Phoebe’s past and her ex-husband’s criminal past, Logan finds that there is more to this case than meets the eye. He will need to decide if Phoebe is actually innocent or just playing the part. With all the evidence pointing at Phoebe, will she ever be able to clear her name?
This was an enjoyable suspenseful read. The entire story starts off with a bang and you are immediately sucked in to the story trying to figure out who is guilty. Phoebe is just an overall nice person who is put into bad circumstances. The attraction between both her and Logan is off the charts. They are both drawn to one another, but for their own reasons try to fight the attraction, which is only futile. When Phoebe and Logan finally get together it is blazing. This book will keep you on your toes trying to figure out who is actually innocent. I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars.
My spine stiffens.
I thought that I’d imagined the sound, but there it is again. A muffled
gurgle…maybe. Then silence.
Not a sound that belongs in my home.
I think of fleeing.
The urge to see where it’s coming from is too great. Besides, it doesn’t sound
threatening. How stupid would I feel if I called someone to help me, and it was just
the dishwasher overflowing or something equally frightening?
I breathe in deeply, taking my fortification from the air around me and then
release it slowly. My heartbeat echoes in my ears.
I take my first steps, moving gingerly toward the back of the house. Goosebumps
wash over my arms.
The sound echoes again.
Why am I being so ridiculous? Get your butt in there and see what the problem is.
It probably isn’t even that loud, anyway. It just seems that way because it doesn’t
belong. I expel a breath and get on with it. My courage renewed, I ignore the bumps
of warning on my arms, take the turn into the kitchen…and fall to my knees.
Hysteria bubbles to the surface of my being.
My breaths now escape as rough sobs.
A black cloud forms around my vision, but I push it away as I try to assess the
sight before me.
There’s blood—so much blood—in pools and smears on my white floor.
And a man.
Just lying there.
Something protruding from his chest.
I choke back the bile that’s building in my throat. It’s too late to turn back. I crawl
to him slowly on shaky limbs. I sway, dizzy from the sight before me.
His chest rises and falls, revealing the source of the sound.
Is he alive?
I live outside Washington, D.C. with my wonderfully supportive husband and two daughters, one of which is approaching her teenage years. Help us all! If that isn’t enough, we have a Great Dane and an English Bulldog to keep us on our toes. It’s crazy around here and I love every minute of it!
Writing is my third career. I didn’t set out to be a writer, it was just meant to be. My Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech prepared me well for my first career as an Engineer/Program Manager. My second career was in Human Resources.
Long story, but I figured it out. I believe the best start for a writing career is to be a reader first and I’ve been an avid reader my whole life. I’ve loved to read ever since I picked up my first Nancy Drew mystery in the fourth grade. Now I love reading just about everything, but I don’t read sad books and I don’t watch sad movies either for that matter, no matter how many awards they’ve won. Life’s too short and who needs all that strife to bring us down?
Many of my words have been penned late into the evening, which explains why I’ve never viewed whatever television show you recommend to me. I would, however, love to hear your recommendations for a great read!