Genres: Contemporary Romance
Released on February 7, 2012
Source: Book Tour Provided
A Stranger’s Kiss is part of a series of books based in Bandit Creek. Each book is by a different author and so far I haven’t seen any cross overs, but there are quite a few I haven’t had a chance to read yet.
We meet Amy and her daughter Renee as they are fixing up the bed and breakfast that Amy inherited from her maternal grandmother. While there Renee finds a friend, but not the usual type. Her friend is ghost of a child murdered who is trying to right some wrongs. This isn’t a huge part of the book, but it adds depth to a suspense filled story.
Amy is on the run, hiding both her and her child’s identity mostly from Amy’s mother. Amy’s mother isn’t the greatest of women and often hounds Amy for money. Always on the run, Amy just wants to protect the one golden light in her life, her daughter.
Sam Hutchinson is just looking to bring the killer of his son to justice, maybe even justice at his own hands. He has tracked the killer down to knowing Amy’s mom. In search of the mom, Sam finds Amy and offers her a huge amount of money to stay at the bed and breakfast.
As a short time passes, the killer comes a knocking, along with the mom and a huge network of plot that has you guessing from one minute to the next. It’s not a long story, nor a very complicated one. There were two very strong themes that almost had me stop reading. Not because the writing was bad, but themes I am uncomfortable with. The killer knows Amy very well and threatens her daughter. On top, Amy has had such a harsh life that she turns to sex to repay everything.
In the end, it all works out. All the plot lines get taken care of and a new one interestedly appears. The story offers redemption to both hero and heroine. Healing takes place and a new life of love begins.