Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on May 16, 2017
Source: Kindle Unlimited
After reading Anna @ Herding Cats Burning Soup’s review, I knew I had to give this romantic suspense a go. A tenacious and smart widowed lady lawyer who will do what’s right even though it costs her and a tough, burdened former cop turned private investigator take on the challenge of proving a young man innocent of an heinous crime that the whole town thinks he did. Engaging from the get go and quite riveting at times throughout.
Say You’re Sorry is the first in a series and it wasn’t long after the intro to the crime, the killer’s twisted thoughts, and the cast of characters that I was drawn in and didn’t want to step away from the story. I loved that Morgan is working through her grief over loosing her husband while serving his country. She has three adorable little girls, the guardianship for a foster girl, a crotchety grandfather, and is surrounded by a family who are true blue multi-generations in the law enforcement community. Morgan is on the cusp of taking a job as an assistant district attorney when her heart tells her that Nick, the young guy accused of raping and stabbing his girlfriend is railroaded into an arrest by a chief cop, mayor, and district attorney who are more concerned about election results than justice. Morgan fights the condemnation of the whole town, a dangerous enemy in the shadows, and her own troubles to find the truth.
Lance was injured in the line of duty and wants to get back on the force once his leg is done healing. His long time mentor, a retired cop hires him for his private investigation firm. He is torn between liking working for Sharp where the rules are different and bureaucracy isn’t involved and going back to protect and serve. His sense of duty stems from a personal loss in his childhood that left his mother with severe mental health issues. He looks after her, but knows no woman will ever want to take on a guy with a mom like that. He and Morgan dated in high school and then drew apart, but now she has caught his eye again. Now, she’s hired the firm to help her work Nick’s case and Lance would rather be nowhere else than at Morgan’s side while she has to go into danger to do her job with a young, scared man sitting in jail counting on her.
The blend of romance and suspense was well done. The established circle of characters were engaging. I loved both Morgan and Lance from the beginning and appreciated how they handled their attraction which is necessarily slow burn because of the case and their separate personal issues. The trail to the truth was exciting and interesting. I loved having Lance’s cop training and Morgan’s legal and cop background be a large part. The mystery was not simple though I did peg the murderer with a few doubts at times. There were some good side lines that added to it.
The narration work of Cris Dukehart was superb. I was all in and thrilled with the added depth she brought to the story. Her voices, pacing, tone, and emotions were spot on throughout. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for her other work and I’m not sure, but I think I’d be disappointed to get the rest of the series without her reading it.
All in all a abso-fab beginning and a new series for me to follow. Romantic Suspense lovers should definitely take a look-see.
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