What had he gotten himself into?
[Opening line of Standoff's prologue]
I love it when I come across a new-to-me author, especially when it’s the first book in a new series! I also enjoy peeking outside my preferred genres every now and then to explore new styles and plots. I’ve read several romantic suspense stories throughout the years, but usually scatter them out among my stacks of women’s fiction, historical fiction, and fun contemporaries.
I’m not fond of the title, Standoff. It doesn’t really capture the essence and gravity of this story with themes of loss, grief, guilt, trust, and the sweet elements of romance. I am fond of the unique backdrop (Natchez, Mississippi) the interesting and multi-layered key characters, and getting a look at life as a park ranger. It was easy to connect with Brooke and I sympathized with her many difficulties. Both Brooke and Luke (her old high school flame) lead interesting lives and complex careers. Their actions and reactions feel authentic and the romance takes backseat to the mystery and suspense.
Though the suspense of discovering the whodunit is satisfying, it is the characters that progress this story forward for me. I enjoyed getting to know them, especially Luke, and hope they work on a case together in more of the series. Riddled with action, a rise and fall in tension, and a wonderfully paced mystery, I’m left anticipating book #2!
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I received a complimentary copy of this book.