Lethal Lawman (Men of Wolf Creek 2)
Author: Carla Cassidy
Publisher: Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Date of Publication: January 7, 2014
Marlene Marcoli made the mistake of falling in love and almost lost her life. Hoping to put her abusive marriage behind her, Marlene moves to Wolf Creek, Pennsylvania. But danger follows her once again when her apartment is vandalized. To make matters worse, the sexy detective working the case is distracting her beyond reason.
Detective Frank Delaney hasn’t been interested in dating since his wife died—until Marlene comes to town. Irresistibly drawn to the blonde, he’s got to find a way to make her trust him. And when Marlene’s life is threatened, Frank must race to protect her—if they both hope to have a second chance at love.
For whatever reason, I just didn’t find this quite as compelling as the first book in the series, which I reviewed HERE. Don’t get me wrong, this totally deserves four stars, but I just didn’t quite have the same breathless anticipation to turn each page as I did with the first book (and I’m still ARGHing over the same issue that I did in the first book – see the hidden spoiler to get my meaning).
Both hero and heroine definitely have had some sucky luck when it comes to relationships. Marlene’s ex-husband is a total jerk. What I don’t get, truly, is why she didn’t confide the truth about her marriage to her sisters. Yes, I get being ashamed and all, but her sisters love her so much, I just found it dubious she wouldn’t have confided the truth about what happened to her. Add in her abandoning all her dreams for a future because of this, and I just felt Marlene was a bit weak in some ways.
Frank…poor Frank. I loved him. He’s a really good man.
The ongoing mystery about Aunt Liz is driving me batty. As far as I know, there haven’t been any clues dropped about who might have taken her or why (although probably once the big reveal is made in book 3, it will be one of those DOH! of course it’s X). I wanna know who done it!
The individual mystery of this book (outside of the ongoing search for Aunt Liz), as to who’s trying to kill Frank and/or Marlene was great. I really got into it and was completely caught off guard when the big reveal happened as to who was behind it and why they were doing it. Man, oh man, the villain was a total psycho. Ms. Cassidy definitely creates some twisted ol’ villains for her readers. I love it!
So, the mystery was really good. I didn’t see the twists and turns coming, which is always refreshing, and I can’t wait for book 3 in this series. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer.
Thanks as always, Ms. Cassidy and Harlequin.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.