Blurb: All she has left is hope
When Kaz Elmore is told her five-year-old daughter Jamie has died in a car crash, she struggles to accept that she’ll never see her little girl again. Then a stranger comes into her life offering the most dangerous substance in the world: hope.
Devlin, security consultant and witness to the terrible accident scene, inadvertently reveals that Kaz’s daughter might not have been the girl in the car after all.
What if Jamie is still alive? With no evidence, the police aren’t interested, so Devlin and Kaz have little choice but to investigate themselves.
Devlin never gets involved with a client. Never. But the more time he spends with Kaz, the more he desires her – and the more his carefully constructed ice-man persona starts to unravel.
The desperate search for Jamie leads down dangerous paths – to a murderous acquaintance from Devlin’s dark past, and all across Europe, to Italy, where deadly secrets await. But as long as Kaz has hope, she can’t stop looking…
Review: I really struggled with where to rate this book because I really liked it, but there were a couple of things that kept me from putting this into the excellent category.
The personal connections and how coincidental a seemingly random event manages to tie some of those connections together was hard for me to buy. Combine this with the apparent lack of fact checking that seems to have occurred at the accident scene that begins this whole story, it makes it just a little hard to swallow how the rest of the story manages to unfold since it all hinges on that first event.
That said, this book is really well written. It is rare for me to not get utterly tripped up by issues that are on the unbelievable side, but with the quality of writing and how well the rest of the story flows, those things really didn’t detract too much and I was able to get beyond that and get immersed into the story.
I really enjoyed Kaz’s character, but Devlin was a bit harder to connect to as he came across as a little cold. I did warm up to him eventually.
Absolutely loved the fact that this wasn’t a Scooby Doo ending where the bad guy is confronted and then spews the confession with all the details all over the place. By the time you get to that point in the story, Kaz and Devlin have 99% of it figured out and only that 1% is left to be clarified, though I’m pretty sure the reader is already way ahead of them by that point. The characters get to that point by hard work, research and smarts rather than dumb luck and the bad guy just giving it up. So, awesome change of pace on that aspect of the story.