Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Book #Review: Dust Up with the Detective by Danica Winters @DanicaWinters Harlequin Intrique #RomanticSuspense

Dust Up with the Detective by Danica Winters

Book Information:

Series: Harlequin Intrigue Series
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
Kindle Print Length: 272 pages
Publisher: Harlequin 
Paperback Publish Date: September 20, 2016
Kindle Publication Date: October 1, 2016
ISBN-10: 0373699379
ISBN-13: 978-0373699377
ASIN: B01E355W50
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About the Book:

Every dead body in Butte is someone's kin. Detective Jeremy Lawrence has investigated so many wrongdoings, but he still never imagined how it'd feel to be standing over his own brother. Until now. Thankfully, he has the help of Deputy Blake West, a woman he's known his entire life—and wanted for as long as he can remember.

It's been forever since Blake has seen Jeremy, and she has questions for the hot-as-sin lawman. But her interrogation must wait once she learns the killer has set his sights on Blake's daughter. They promise to put family first, but time is running out to uncover the Lawrence family's secrets—and rebuild what Jeremy and Blake thought they'd broken long ago…

My Review:

I've been a fan of Danica Winters' work since I read the first book in her Nymph series. The author is a wonderful spinner of tales whether they are paranormal or romantic suspense. Dust Up with the Detective is a fantastic romantic suspense novel that kept me on the edge of my seat.

There are no secrets in Butte, Montana. Everyone knows each other and nothing remains hidden for long; especially when dead bodies are involved. Dust Up with the Detective takes the reader into a well-thought murder mystery that cuts a bit too close to home for the book's heroine, Blake West. The nature and relationship of the crime reunites Blake, a deputy, with an old friend, Jeremy Lawrence,  a detective. They must work together to put a murderer behind bars.

During the course of the investigation I found myself sympathizing more with Blake than with Jeremy.  Jeremy may have just lost his brother but his intrusion into the case reeks havoc on Blake's career.  His actions, while unintentional, jeopardize everything Blake has worked so hard to achieve.  I felt her stress, anxiety, and anger throughout those trying times.

It wasn't all stress and anxiety for Blake, however.  There is a passion between Blake and Jeremy that runs hot, while simmering just below the surface as it had in the past.  Neither one ever acted on the feelings but while Jeremy is in Butte aiding with the homicide investigation, the duo emit sparks brighter than a fistful of Fourth of July sparklers.  

The story is a fast-paced tale of loss, deceit, murder, greed, and most of all passion and love.  The culprit mostly remained a mystery until the end.  I was able to put the clues together and finally figure it out right before the reveal but that's okay.  The characters were realistically written in a tone that was smooth and pulled the reader in for the long haul.  The journey through the pages was entertaining, engaging, suspenseful, and fun.

I voluntarily reviewed a paperback copy of Dust Up with the Detective.


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