Sandra Brown | August 2020 | 384 pg
Oh Sandy B..😂🤣. I’ve written about one of her books earlier, but, this was actually my first! I read it mid-September and fell in love! Completely validating my belief that every book is a flower…it just needs the right environment to bloom!
By September, I was tired of all things 2020: isolation, masks, anti-maskers, Trump, Trumptards, and Democrats quite honestly. You see, I live in Georgia and, as the world has likely heard by now, we are now a battleground state. In September, I couldn’t watch television in peace, if I wanted to. Every single commercial was a political ad. Our mailboxes were full of political letters and postcards from who knows where, asking us about our vote. People at our doors, asking us about our vote…I mean really??! Its not bad enough we had to manage our personal anxieties, we now have to be subjected to every one else’s? No where was safe. Scratch that..you know where I was safe? Surprisingly, Penton, Texas. 🤣🤣
Penton is where our protagonist Arden Maxwell has landed. She’s at a crossroads in her life and doesn’t really have anywhere to go, so she decides to go back to her hometown of Penton. Her, and her sister, are heirs to daddy’s dilapidated family home there and Arden is determined to fix it up and find out what happened to pops 20 years ago.
Arden quickly learns, shes not wanted in Penton. Apparently, daddy and his cohorts, were accused of an armed robbery years ago. Someone turned up dead and afterward, Dad disappeared and so did the proceeds from the robbery. The town suspects she knows more than shes letting on, even though she was a child back when it happened. Everyone’s on the take, including the sheriff, and she cannot manage to secure a contractor to help with refurbishing the family home. Enters, tall, mean as snake, sexy as a motha, Ledge.
Ledge knows how unforgiving Penton can be. He’s had his own run-ins with the corrupt law and Ardens father. He decides to help with the refurbish job, mostly to keep an eye on her, and pow-chica-pow-wow: thinly veiled innuendos, steamy close calls, sexual tension and we are off to the Sandra Brown races!!
Pros: The twists and turns here are soooo satisfying! Arden and Ledge are both equal parts stubborn and determined and it makes for a good story. Poor Arden cannot trust anyone and that includes Ledge. The point of view is perfect because as a reader, we know more than she does. Typically, this genre ties endings in a neat bow but, that isn’t the case here. The climax comes at you fast and furious and everyone doesn’t make it out alive.
Cons: None. I know its Brown’s overdone trope but Im here for it. Hell, its why I came!
Im so happy I was able to escape into this book! I think this begins my decent into all encompassing fantasy/mystery/romance titles. All with the intention of escaping my reality. Hey, some people take prozac, I read. 🤷🏾♀️
Really great introduction to Brown. My suggestion is to just let the story happen. There is some satisfaction in knowing what the genre gives and going along for the ride! Goodbook #45
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Twenty years ago in the dead of night, four seemingly random individuals pulled the ultimate heist and almost walked away with half a million dollars. But by daybreak, their plan had been shot to hell. One of them was in the hospital. One was in jail. One was dead. And one got away with it.
Arden Maxwell, the daughter of the man who disappeared all those years ago — presumably with the money, after murdering his accomplice — has never reconciled with her father’s abandonment of her and her sister. After countless personal setbacks she decides to return to her family home near mysterious Caddo Lake, and finally get answers to the many questions that torment her. Little does she know, two of her father’s co-conspirators — a war hero and a corrupt district attorney — are watching her every move.
Ledge Burnet, a rebellious teen at the time of the heist, evaded his jail sentence by enlisting in the army. Now he’s back in town to care for his ailing father — and to keep his eye on the county’s corrupt district attorney, whom he suspects was the real murderer. Although the two are bound to silence because of the crime they committed together, each has spent years waiting and hoping that the other will make a fatal misstep. But the arrival of their elusive accomplice’s daughter, Arden, who may know more about the missing money than she’s telling, sets them both on red alert. She ignites Ledge’s determination to expose the D.A.’s treachery . . . and sparks a desire he wishes to deny.