Release Date: May 2, 2023
Synopsis: Nash Hartley has always been my everything: Protector. Partner in crime. Best friend. The person who was there for me in my darkest hour. But my heart wanted so much more. So, when I knew for certain Nash didn’t feel the same about me, I tried to move on. What a mistake that turned out to be. Now, I’m back in our small town, desperate to escape my living nightmare, and the only person I want to see is him. As secrets are revealed, and Nash finds out what happened to me, he’ll do anything to keep me safe. But there are those who will do anything to stop him, and this time neither of us may make out alive…
A new friends-to-lovers, mall town romantic suspense from USA Today Bestselling Author, Catherine Cowles!
Review: The Hartleys are proving to be a new favorite book family for me! I love that we get to know them more with each book. While I love a good romantic suspense plot line–one of the reasons I always adore Catherine’s books–the couple really was EVERYTHING in this book! The funny part is that I’m not a huge fan of the friends to lovers trope, but Catherine seriously killed it with Nash and Maddie. I honestly can’t stop thinking about them. There’s just something about their connection over the years and how they come back together. Their friendship is such a perfect foundation for a relationship. I thoroughly enjoyed how they could read each other, and that even though they’re not good at opening up, they definitely work at trying to be very honest and straightforward with each other.
The romantic suspense plot line was multi layered as usual with a Catherine Cowles story. There were definitely a couple times where I wanted to shake the main characters for decisions they were making, but they also tried to be smart about their bad decisions if that makes sense. The couple itself and their connection really won me over with this one. I also love seeing the Hartley siblings, and how they all interacted and supported one another. Also, the little glimpses of Cayden and Grae made me very excited for Glimmers of You, which is the next book. Honestly, I’ve been dying for Roan and Lawson’s books, and while I know I’m going to love both, I think I’ll just have to claim Roan! As per usual, I definitely recommend picking these books up and I cannot wait to have the complete series!!
Thank you to Catherine Cowles for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I’ve only ever had one secret: I’ve been in love with my best friend’s brother for as long as I can remember. West Castille is everything my little-girl heart dreamed of and everything I still yearn for, even now. There is just one problem. He’s never felt the same. West moved on to the military and then into private security, using his finely honed protective streak to keep everyone but me safe, while I lost myself in my music and a coffee-shop job in our small town. But when creepy messages on my social media turn to threatening notes left at my door, West is the one who shows up on my porch. I tell myself it’s brotherly concern or a favor for his sister, but that all feels like a lie when his skin brushes mine. One stolen kiss could send us hurtling into disaster. Because when my stalker sees the way we touch, he’ll do anything to end us both…
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Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.
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