This is the tenth and latest story in Lori Wilde's Twilight, Texas series, and I thought it was really good - both romantic and suspenseful.
This isn't a reunited lovers story, like most of the others in the series, but that's OK. Characters from the earlier novels appear in this one, but you don't have to read any of those books to understand this one.
Brian "Hutch" Hutchinson has returned to his hometown of Twilight, suffering from PTSD, released from Army Delta Force after losing a finger and his voice as the only survivor of a failed military operation. He comes to his Brazos River house only to find his mentally-ill sister Ashley gone and a strange woman and her son taking care of his niece. Jane Brown immediately pepper-sprays him.
Jane turns out to be Meredith Sommers, on the run from her abusive ex-cop husband. Hutch of course falls for her immediately, but he also needs her to stay and continue to care for his niece. This gives time for their relationship to develop through the holiday season (thanks to both wanting to be sure the two kids have a great Christmas) and for the suspense about what has happened to Ashley as well as to the ex-husband.
I don't want to give away any more of the story. It was not entirely predictable. Hutch and Meredith were very likable characters, even though their actions were not always realistic. (For example - Meredith demanding to make the rules for the two of them living in the house Hutch owns.) I enjoyed the way Lori Wilde wove in characters (major and minor) from previous stories in the series, and even some plot points like the kismet cookie legend from The First Love Cookie Club. Lori even worked some of her personality into Meredith - they both practice yoga.
© Amanda Pape - 2014
[I received this autographed paperback as a gift from Lori Wilde - I'll be hanging on to it.]