Former combat medic Kory Wagner survived four war zones, but not without psychological scars. Suffering with PTSD has become the least of her problems though. Someone murdered her sister and they're now coming after Kory. Just as disturbing is the cocky, headstrong and handsome sheriff on the case.
Sean Harding takes his job very seriously and isn't about to let the decorated veteran who managed to outsmart an entire search party hinder his investigation into her sister's death. Despite all his efforts to stay focused on the case, this beautiful and vibrant spitfire manages to capture his heart.
But if Sean has any hopes of a future with Kory, he must first convince her she needs help dealing with her problems, and he has to stop the killer before she becomes his next victim.
Kory heard a sound a few yards in front of her. She quickly scanned the area. Three rows of huge metal shelves lined the interior. She inched forward, peering around the corner of the second row. Mr. Urlik lay on his side, facing her, clutching his chest. His eyes were opened and his mouth moved, but no sound came out. A heart attack? She ran to him, knelt down on the cement floor, and took his hand. It was wet, slimy. She looked down and saw his hand covered in blood. Her eyes shifted to his chest. A large crimson stain spread across the width of his white shirt from a small hole near the center. He was breathing erratically. Experience told her a bullet had pierced at least one lung and he didn't have much time. She immediately pressed the heel of her right hand against the wound.
"I'm sorry," he murmured.
"Where's your cell phone?" Hers was in her backpack but she didn't want to waste valuable time digging it out.
"No time. Get out."
"Who did this, Mr. Urlik?"
He grabbed her right hand and squeezed it tightly. "You were right -- no accident."
His hand went limp.
Kory felt something in the palm of her hand, looked down and saw it was a key. She shoved it into her jeans pocket. A whizzing sound buzzed past her, followed by the unmistakable clink of a bullet ricocheting off metal. She instinctively threw herself over his body as another bullet struck metal. Kory felt for a pulse. There was none. She lowered her hand to his chest and felt under both arms and along his waist. I thought all PIs carried guns. Just my luck this one didn't.
She scrambled to her feet, as more shots ricocheted around her, and dove through an opening on the first row of shelves. A piercing pain sliced through her upper arm as she took cover behind some boxes. They wouldn't shield her from the gunfire but they would conceal her presence while she figured out how she was going to get out of there. She paused long enough to grab her cell phone from her backpack, wishing she hadn't when another bullet tore through a box beside her. She ducked lower to the floor.
Kory ignored the throbbing in her arm and slithered along the floor toward the back of the building. As a child, she and her sister, Callie, had often accompanied her grandfather to the warehouse where he worked on boats as a hobby. She remembered a back exit that led to the side parking lot and nearby woods. If she could reach the door, she had a chance of getting out of this alive. She looked down at the tear in her shirt, drenched with blood.
This isn't good!
Posted by Desert Breeze Publishing for My Devotional Thoughts on 9th Jun 2013
"There is nothing like a good mystery, and when you add a bit of romance and a Christian message, I don’t think it gets better! This book had me hooked from beginning to end, and just when you thought everything was fine, the action heated up right at the end.
I honestly cannot think of anything negative about this book. It is the first in the series, and this was the first book I had ever read by Anne Patrick. There is absolutely nothing objectionable–completely clean in every area. And the Christian theme shines through in a non-preachy sort of way. Korey and Sean are the perfect couple, and the story never lagged or slowed down.
I want to take a moment and thank the author for honoring the military in this book. There is a growing perception in this country that the military is not to be treated with respect, and one can often find this sentiment even within the Christian community. I am so glad that the author dedicates this book to our illustrious armed forces personnel. It makes no difference what you believe about the conflicts in which the U.S. is involved. Our military deserves respect and support no matter what.
This is a fast read that will appeal to a wide variety of readers, and I believe it is well worth the reader’s time."
~ Ruth, My Devotional Thoughts Blog