This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Released on August 18, 2020
Rebecca Zanetti has stepped up her game with a mystery, three men attracted to one heroine, and a side of romance that doesn’t dominate the story. A young lawyer, a convict, a detective, and a district attorney provide a mystery in a small town with humorous results.
When an average day for new attorney Anna Albertini turns out to not be so ordinary, so starts the suspenseful mystery of Anna’s life. Her boss led away in handcuffs and case files dumped in her arms lead her to the court where she doesn’t expect to see Aiden Devlin in an orange jumpsuit. Aiden was her childhood hero, saving her when a madman kidnapped her as a child to be his bride. But Aiden isn’t a hero, and Anna isn’t a child anymore. Part of a motorcycle gang, Aiden has more secrets than answers.
Her new boss, Nick Basanelli, is a sexy bachelor of Italian descent who wants to make a name for himself. Aiden is on his radar and not in a good way. Attracted to each other, they fight to keep a working relationship while Anna keeps jumping from one fire to another. He also takes her under his wing, trying to cover her blunders.
A grumpy detective, Grant Pierce, is assigned to the case and he has it out for Aiden, but also a lot of disdain for Anna and Aiden. Catching Anna in the wrong places at the wrong time seems to be his superpower. It’s shocking when you seem him take an interest in Anna after everything he accuses her of.
While there is a trio of love interests, only Aiden has a true into Anna’s heart, but he is also the one who she thinks has more to do with the bad than the good. Her boss is accused of drug running, her autistic high-functioning cousin seems to know where everyone is, a crazy judge that keeps to guessing where the author’s mind will go next and just enough suspense to keep you reading to find out more.
There are a lot of characters in play during the story and it doesn’t end in a cliffhanger. Well, not one with the mystery, but maybe one with love interests. While a side character may seem like a throwaway, don’t discount how each character plays a role both actively and inactively in the mystery.
Anna is a quirky girl who dealt with a crappy incident in her childhood. She clung to the memory of Aiden saving her, building him up to be a hero on a pedestal. Wanting to fix the world when she couldn’t get justice, she became a lawyer and prosecutor. Thrust into the limelight too early in her career, she has no fear…well she does, but sometimes she doesn’t have the sense God gave her to duck. Dumb luck at times is all that saves her. Earnest with a dash of naivete. It’s refreshing and quite funny at times to just sit and read what escapade she will get into next. An accident you can’t look away from.
While this isn’t really a romance novel, it does have romance. It more of a ride through the life of Anna that we get to ride along with. Can’t wait for her next adventure!
Reading Challenge #82
Review Writing Challenge #39
Literary Pickers #35 – First Person Point of View
Books ‘N’ Tunes #22 – Park Avenue Beat
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 - Bad Boys of Romance Challenge
- 2020 - Books N Tunes Challenge
- 2020 - Literary Pickers Challenge
- 2020 Review Writing Challenge
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