Blurb: Police detective Andrea Finch is a rising star in her department until a split-second decision derails her career. Disgraced and disillusioned, she’s on leave from her job when she gets an urgent call from her younger brother. She’d prefer to ignore his latest plea for cash, but this time instinct tells her something is very wrong. Andrea’s search for answers takes her to a dusty Texas border town where danger lurks in plain sight and nothing is quite what it seems.
FBI agent Jon North is working undercover in west Texas, investigating an unsolved murder that may be linked to a terrorist plot. But when the evidence points to Andrea’s brother, Jon finds that persuading the stubborn cop to help will be harder than cracking his toughest case.
Andrea must find a way to do what’s right while protecting her only sibling. As the clock ticks down, Andrea and Jon race to confront a heartless killer who will stop at nothing to deliver a final, terrifying message.
Review: There were a couple of places where this stretched the believability factor a bit with some of the scenarios, but this was still a pretty entertaining read. I got deep enough into the story that those little blips didn’t really pull me out at all so I don’t think they are worth picking over.
This is definitely more suspense than romance and the romantic parts that do pop up notch in pretty well with the rest of the story. Though the overall timeline here doesn’t take up more than maybe a few weeks, the romance isn’t an insta-love thing. Attraction, definitely, but not deep, everlasting love in that time frame.
I’d say my least favorite part was that this finished and resolved a little too perfectly clean. I love it wasn’t a bad guy reveals all in the end, but it was still wrapped up in this nice tidy bow and the main characters both come out totally unscathed. Heck almost every single character, good or bad, came away pretty clean. One person got roughed up, that was it. Something with this intense of a plot really kind of needs to have the people in it get dirtied up a bit.