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Every Breath You Take
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Hollin Pierce’s past comes back to haunt her when she returns to Whisper Lake, Pennsylvania. Trying to help her mother hang on to the home, which has been in their family for generations, is an uphill battle, and Hollin has no choice but to sell some of the surrounding land. But the only man interested in buying is Griffin Wells, the man who was convicted of raping Hollin thirteen years ago.
Griffin still maintains his innocence to this day, claiming he was framed. And as Hollin gets to know him again, the attraction and feelings she once had for him return as she slowly realizes she made a grave mistake. She sent the wrong man to prison.
She also realizes that if Griffin wasn’t the one who raped her when she was a teenager, then someone else did, and that someone is running around free. Now she can’t decide who to trust, and when her sister ends up murdered, Hollin knows it’s only a matter of time before someone comes after her.
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Steamy adultery and romance, secrets and murder – that’s what the McLaughlin family is made of.
Ross McLaughlin hasn’t cared for a woman since his wife died, and his teenage daughter Emma is enthralled with a wannabe rock star. When they receive a letter about a sick loved one, Ross reluctantly heads back home. The naïve Emma can hardly wait to meet her family and find out about their past, yet Ross harbors an unspeakable secret: a member of his family might just be her mother’s killer. After this summer on the lake, the McLaughlin’s lives will never be the same.
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Joe Flynn is just like any other twelve-year-old his age, except for one thing. Joe has witnessed a murder. The only thing is, no one believes him. Not his mother, and certainly not the detective assigned to the “alleged” case. At least not until dead bodies start popping up.
After thirteen years, Detective Roman MacKenzie has had enough of big city crime in New York and craves the crime-free existence of the small town where he was born. But no sooner than Roman returns to Salmon Lake, PA, he not only finds himself in the middle of a serial murder investigation, but he’s drawn to the woman he left behind all those years ago--Angela Flynn.
Angela’s son is the only witness they have, and it’s Roman’s job to protect him from the killer. Only the detective has no idea that the boy he’s risking his life to save is also his son. Nor does he realize that, looming in the shadows, is the killer and he’s bent on making Angela his next victim.
After witnessing a murder, Peyton Delaney is on the run from the mob and looking for protection--disguised as a hooker. She has no idea who to trust anymore, especially when the detective who was supposed to keep her safe is shot and she discovers it was an inside job. Now, at the detective’s insistence, she must find his best friend and beg for the man’s help. But how can she be sure she can trust this man?
Ex-cop Reeve Sinclair has no room in his life for a woman like Peyton, yet he agrees to babysit her as a favor to a friend. Reeve soon finds he has more trouble than dodging bullets; he’s actually fallen in love with a hooker, or so he thinks.
Peyton Delaney has relocated from a small Iowa community to the Big Apple to help women and girls who are in trouble. She never expects to get involved with the Mob. When she walks into her church right after a murder has been committed she finds herself running for her life. Disguised as a hooker she finds life can be vicious for anyone who looks different. Reeve Sinclair quit the police force to raise his young son after his wife died. Hookers are some of his least favorite people. Called on to protect Peyton the two both find their eyes opened and their lives changing in unexpected ways.
Debby Conrad pens a great suspense with imperfect characters who seem totally human with all their frailties. Peyton's positive outlook on life and people has to change as well as Reeve's more negative expectations. The process if often fun and funny in the midst of spine tingling suspense. The Mob never gives up. Sonny Donatelli isn't one to let his love for family stand in the way of having his word be law. Anyone who crosses him takes the risk of wearing cement boots at the bottom of the ocean.
It's so easy to form an attachment to Ms. Conrad's characters, even the bad guys at times. There's some excellent dialogue as well as scenarios that make them come alive. When the people act out of character it's sometimes hilarious even though it never detracts from the suspense or the action. I really like the way this author builds all parts of her tale into a whole novel that leaves me wanting to read more of her work.
-- Dee Dailey, for The Romance Studio
Everything But The Truth was an amazing read. It was a fast-paced, romantic mystery.
Peyton and Reeve are thrown together, and neither really trusts the other. As time goes on, they do start to trust each other, even though they don't want to admit to it. There is plenty of guess work to keep the reader involved as the story goes on. Peyton and Reeve are two people that have been hurt in the past, though differently. Both try to fight their feelings though it doesn't work too well. There are hilarious moments in Everything But The Truth also. Peyton is playing a stripper, though for the most part she is innocent. Reeve see's her innocence but doesn't believe it, at least at first, until his ex-partner tells him the truth about Peyton.
The characters are great to get to know in this great story that gives us a happy ending.
-- Tigger9 for Night Owl Reviews