They say you can’t go home again, Adam Klay doesn’t intend to until the death of his father, a famous artist, forces his return to Skagit, Washington. Cleaning up his father’s chaotic life was never on Adam’s bucket list. Worse, Adam finds himself inexplicably drawn to the elusive, terminally-clumsy, gorgeous, Micah Ryan. No way is he getting involved with someone from his hometown, he’s always insisted the best view of Skagit was in his rearview mirror.
Micah Ryan has been coasting on auto-pilot since his family was killed in a car accident a decade earlier. He runs a web business and has an irritable cat. He hardly leaves his house, unless it is for his afternoon espresso. His world tips upside down when Adam Klay rolls into town. For the first time in years, he feels alive. Unfortunately, Micah’s return to the living has been noticed and is not appreciated.
Someone has a secret. Someone is exploiting the vulnerable youth population in Skagit. Teenagers are disappearing, young women turning up dead, the dirty secrets of Skagit are surfacing.
3.5 – 4 Stars
I loved the idea of this book – that blurb totally caught my attention as I am a huge fan of mystery and romance together. There is also that element of opposites attract that I really enjoy and I think overall, Elle Heaton delivers pretty well.
Adam doesn’t want to be back in his hometown, he has an open case involving a child he needs to focus on, not on the memories of his childhood. But, with his father having recently passed away and everything in Adam’s name he has no choice but to return. He quickly meets Micah, he’s clumsy and attractive and everything Adam doesn’t need in his life. Micah really hasn’t been living life since his parents and sister were killed in a car accident years ago, he’s just going through the motions. When he meets Adam though its like something in him awakens and he can feel again. Even though Adam is just there to go through his father’s place, not in any official capacity, when dead bodies start turning up he becomes involved in the case.
I loved Micah and Adam together, even as different as they are, they just belong together. Adam’s gruff and grumpy nature are soothed by Micah, and Micah comes alive around Adam. We really get to know a lot about these characters and their lives, I really liked that about this story. There’s a lot of history and it builds the story and the characters very well. I also liked the blend of romance and mystery, it’s easy to fall with Micah and Adam all the while holding my breath waiting to see what was happening next in the action. This story kept me guessing up until the end, the mystery as well built up and the romance.
I did have some issues with the flow at times, not quite sure of transitions but as I read and became more familiar with the writing style it seemed to get easier. Overall, I enjoyed the story line and adored Adam and Micah. I am looking forward to more in this series!
Home is where the heart is, right? Except when it’s not. Not when you’re afraid for your life.
Joey James has given up on finding his ‘Prince Charming’. There is no such thing, he needs to be realistic about his chances of a lasting relationship. A chance encounter with a former school mate at the local grocery store changes everything-maybe. Before Joey can decide what to do about it, he is swept into a terrifying scheme. Forced into helping a dangerous stranger in exchange for his family’s safety, Joey begins a perilous journey into the criminal underbelly of Skagit. He will do whatever is needed to protect his family.
Buck Swanfeldt had a secret crush on Joey James in high school. Social anxiety and a two-year age difference made it impossible for him to approach Joey then. Life since high school has been challenging. And lonely. Eight years later, fate brings them together and Buck decides to act. He utterly fails. He would have left it at that, except fate seems to be intent on pushing Joey in his direction, and clearly Joey needs someone at his back.
Dark, sordid secrets hiding in Skagit are bubbling to the surface, danger lurks in unexpected places. Buck has never been anyone’s hero but something about Joey has him throwing caution to the wind. Together the two men take on a dangerous force greater than themselves. But sometimes our worst enemy is ourselves.
Oh this series just got even better! I absolutely adored Buck so much, with his sweet heart and good nature. He’s shy and adorable and just my favorite. Oh yeah, and Joey is pretty awesome too! This really is a great addition to the series, bringing the story and the characters much deeper.
This book focuses on local mechanic Buck and nurse Joey. The two went to high school together, but Buck is a few years younger and unfortunately for him, Joey doesn’t seem to remember him. Buck has had a crush on him for a while and just when he decides to act on it, Joey’s life ends up being turned upside down. He’s thrown into a world of what looks like child trafficking and some type of mob, only going along with their demands to keep his mother safe. Buck can tell something is going on with Joey and next thing you know they are both involved, trying to save kids and stop these horrible crimes.
I really enjoyed this book, diving deeper into the dark side of this small town. Joey and Buck are both wonderful men who find themselves thrown into some terrifying situations. Despite their sweet attraction to each other, danger always seems to be around the corner. I was definitely rooting for these two, Buck and his sweet naiveté truly deserved to his happily ever after! But just as it looks like things may be working out he is forced to deal with old demons and struggles to move forward.
I really liked Adam and Micah but Joey and Buck totally stole my heart. Their journey together definitely wasn’t easy but their chemistry together was and I loved seeing that develop. Even when they struggle, it’s clear they want to be together. Even if that means asking for time and help! There were times that this book had me totally swooning, holding my breath and even a few moments of heart break, but it was a totally engaging read. I seriously love these two and can’t wait to see where this series goes next. It was also great getting to see characters from the first book so involved in the story still and meeting new ones too! Overall, a very enjoyable read but make sure you read book 1 first so you know what’s going on!
Author, photographer, rare Pacific Northwest Native, Elle grew up in Seattle, WA., with the Cascade Mountain range to the east and Olympics to the west. Less than two hours northwest lie the majestic San Juan Islands. To the northeast is the Methow Valley and the scrub deserts of Eastern Washington. Geography ripe with material.
A graduate of Western Washington University, Elle has a BS in biology which taught her to be tenacious. The closest she has come to biology since then is having two kids. Like an experiment or something. She’s lived in four states (none of which were gaseous), London England, and Hong Kong; always knows what time it is, and has no problem finding parking even in the most difficult places. Cannot balance a checking account.
Elle’s series Accidental Roots, mostly set in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington, will make its debut spring of 2017. Storm Season is tender, sometimes irreverent, full of nosy neighbors and help when the hero didn’t think he needed it. Writing has always been a passion but not something she was able to take seriously until recently. Now her head is full of ideas and not enough time in each day.
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