If You Know Her: Ash Trilogy, Book 3

If You Know HerAuthor: Shiloh Walker
Book Name: If You Know Her
Series: Ash Trilogy
Order: #3
Genre: Romance/Suspense
Rating:  Really Good
4+stars

 

Blurb:  A SHADOW IN THE WINDOW

Nia Hollister doesn’t scare easily. She’s returned to Ash, Kentucky, with a vengeance–and with a mission: find the killer who brutally ended her cousin’s life. What she didn’t count on was trembling with desire every time she sees Law Reilly. If any man can help her escape the nightmares for a while, it’s him. But can she allow herself to take comfort in those strong arms when her sister’s killer still roams free?

She may think she’s a bad ass, but she should not have come back to his town. He is watching her–as she slips into Law Reilly’s house, as she storms into the sheriff’s office. These men won’t be able to protect her when her time comes. Timing is everything, though he can’t wait forever. She’s nosing around the woods, looking for his hiding place. Yes, he is watching her . . . through the window . . . in her bed . . .

If she’s not scared, she should be . . . because he is very good at what he does.

Review:  As the third and final book in this series, this ended on a better note than the first two as there weren’t any hanging frustrations left at the end.

I liked the fact that the story was resolved by the characters figuring everything out rather than a big reveal.  It was fully played out and not just handed over in an info dump at the last minute.  Actually, I love that it turned out that way.  As a reader, if you paid really close attention, you could have figured some of it out along the way, but there were enough counter hints dropped to keep you from being 100% sure for a while at least, which was also really nice.

The series as a whole was really good, even with my frustrations with the first two book.  Each book was enough different from the others that they in no way felt cookie cutter.  They each brought something new and a bit different to the overall story.  This book still had the romance story, but unlike the first two it wasn’t the biggest part of the story.  That was balanced pretty equally with solving the big serial killer arch that was introduced in book 1.

I think I would have liked a little bit more of a look at the aftermath at the end to know what the fallout was and how it impacted these characters.  This was a great series even without that.

If You See Her: Ash Trilogy, Book 2

If You See HerAuthor: Shiloh Walker
Book Name: If You See Her
Series: Ash Trilogy
Order: #2
Genre: Romance/Suspense
Rating:  Really Good
4+stars

 

Blurb:  A FACE IN THE MIRROR

Hope Carson may not look like a survivor, but she has escaped an abusive ex-husband and recovered from a vicious assault. Now she endures the painful memories and suspicious rumors surrounding her involvement in the attack. Her ex is a cop, so the last people she trusts are law enforcement officials–and she certainly doesn’t trust how the local DA makes her feel inside.

Remy Jennings should know better. He has no business falling for a woman who he suspects may have a deeply troubled mind. And even if he did make a move, she’d bolt like a frightened rabbit. But how can he deny a burning desire that threatens to consume him? As Hope’s past catches up with her in the worst way, Remy is determined to break through her defenses, earn her trust, and keep her safe in his arms–before it’s too late.

Review:  This one had a more self contained story than the first book which I liked and didn’t like.

I liked it because the larger plot thread through this book is played out and resolved by the end of the book and doesn’t leave you hanging.

I didn’t like the fact that the huge plot thread that was introduced in book one was almost not even touched on in this book.  That was frustrating.  I thought that after the utter lack of an ending in book one, we would see a whole lot more growth and development of that plot.  All we got was an interesting twist that muddies those waters a bit at the end.

There were also a couple of things that pinged my believably meter a bit.  One was the way in which Law damaged his relationship with Hope.  He is supposedly this perfect friend and in a moment of lust for a total stranger that just stuck a gun in his face, he treats Hope like crap.  That really didn’t work for me.

There were a couple of others, but I’m waiting to see how they play out in the final book to see if they manage to work out later.  I did still enjoy this, even though I was frustrated by it.  That is more because I’m really not a huge fan of books that leave me hanging.  I want more closure or satisfaction by the time I’ve finished a book.

If You Hear Her: Ash Trilogy, Book 1

If You Hea rHerAuthor: Shiloh Walker
Book Name: If You Hear Her
Series: Ash Trilogy
Order: #1
Genre: Romance/Suspense
Rating:  Really Good
4+stars

 

Blurb:  A CRY IN THE WOODS

The scream Lena Riddle hears in the woods behind her house is enough to curdle her blood–she has no doubt that a woman is in real danger. Unfortunately, with no physical evidence, the local law officers in small-town Ash, Kentucky, dismiss her claim. But Lena knows what she heard–and it leaves her filled with fear and frustration.

Ezra King is on leave from the state police, but he can’t escape the guilty memories that haunt his dreams. When he sees Lena, he is immediately drawn to her. He aches to touch her–to be touched by her–but is he too burdened by his tragic past to get close? When Ezra hears her story of an unknown woman’s screams, his instincts tell him that Lena’s life is also at risk–and his desire to protect her is as fierce as his need to possess her.

Review:  Frustrated!  Utterly, completely frustrated!  This is a really good book but it didn’t resolve anything by the end except the romantic thread of the plot between the two main characters.  I really dislike books that leave me hanging like that.  I’m lucky that the library not only had the next two but that they were open to be checked out right away instead of me having to put them on hold.

There were a couple of things that kind of irritated me in this.  Early on there were a couple of places where it didn’t seem as though the plot timeline was consistent.  When something happened and it seemed that days had gone by, you were suddenly seeing that it was either the same day or the next day at the most which was a bit confusing.

The other somewhat annoying thing was the jumping from perspective to perspective.  I get the purpose and it works in some cases, but it is confusing to have that perspective be from a whole new character that we haven’t either seen before or gotten it from their perspective before every other chapter or so.  It messed with the rhythm of the story a bit.

Other than the lack of resolution and those little irritants, this was a really good book and I’m obviously stoked to read the rest of the series because I NEED to know how it ends.