Ultimate Deception by Lynn Stookes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the second in the Harden series and offers the same complex, suspenseful plot and engaging characters of the first. If you haven’t read book one you need to do that first to get the most enjoyment out of this follow up story.
So much has happened to her family and friends that Dani Delaney is still reeling from it all. And the challenges and blows just keep coming. Her life has been turned upside down and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight to the turmoil and decisions facing her. And Sawyer Woods is right smack in the middle of all of it! He is part of their big circle of police family but he could, and wants, to be more. Danger and misunderstandings are not helping them work out what their relationship is, and could be, and time may not be on their side.
I loved this fast-paced, emotional story! Dani is a professional and knows the need to be analytical and calm in a crisis but even she is going to have a hard time dealing with the many events and situations she finds herself in here. Sawyer is definitely worthy of all the love and family he can get but still struggles with the aftereffects of his less than stellar childhood. The drama between the two seemed a bit much at times - I wanted to sit them down and just yell TALK already! - but that was minor in a story that had me feeling the raw emotions and stomach knots through it all.
I hope this isn’t the end of this series and there are many more characters I would love to find out more about (hint, hint, Harper maybe?).
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