Defending the Eyewitness (Conard County)
Author: Rachel Lee
Publisher: Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Date of Publication: April 1, 2014
The note wasn’t a threat, exactly. But for Corey Donahue, who’d witnessed her mother’s murder as a child, it felt very menacing. Surprisingly, the one person she trusted to show the note to was a man merely renting a room from her—Austin Mendez. Traumatized since childhood, Corey had never trusted men…until Austin moved in.
Six years undercover had caused Austin to shut everyone out…until Corey. The vulnerability she hid from others made him yearn to break down the walls she’d erected around her heart. And with a killer closing in, two lost souls were discovering the trust they’d lost—and much more—in each other’s arms.
Still playing catch-up so another brief review.
Corey – man, gotta feel for a woman who actually witnessed the murder of her mother while still just a child. I can’t blame her for being extremely nervous around men in general after that since the killer was never found. She’s understandably uncomfortable when she rents the room to Austin, though she does it because one of the few men she does trust asks her to.
Austin – wow, trying to reintegrate into normal society after years undercover in Mexico trying to infiltrate a gun cartel where literally the wrong word could get him killed. He needed the time he spent with Corey in the small town.
These two souls needed a lot of healing and I was glad to see they got it over the course of the book.
I only gave this 3.5 stars. SPOILER ALERT sort of. Here’s why: the killer. As far as I could tell, there was no actual hints built in, no red herrings, no nothing, which could have helped anyone figure out who he was (maybe I overlooked them, but I don’t remember the character ever being introduced in the book, and they were so careful there was no DNA on any of the notes sent. I dunno – I guess I was hoping for some sort of way that they could have hunted him down, if only they’d known, or that the reader could have figured out who the killer was ahead of the reveal at the end. Maybe I missed something though. It’s entirely possible.
The issue of the killer aside, I really liked the time I spent with Corey and Austin. This was an easy read and a comfortable one too.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.