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 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.