Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Count on Me

 Title: Count on Me
Author: Lauren Dane
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-991-5
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Series
Rating: Recommended Read
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Sixteen years ago, Caroline Mendoza’s mother was murdered and her father imprisoned for the crime. Believing in her father’s innocence created a rift with her grandparents that drove her across country to her father’s family. Now an attorney, Caroline’s back in Petal to start a new life. She lands a job with a local law firm, and intends to mend her family split and investigate her mother’s death. Her big surprise—meeting Royal Watson and their intense attraction. Delving into the past is causing problems. Not only is her family angry but someone wants her investigation to stop and is willing to kill her to do it. Can Caroline and Royal make a relationship work while catching a killer and keeping Caroline alive?

Count on Me is the newest release in Lauren Dane’s Petal, Georgia series. While reading the books in order would be preferable, it can be read as a standalone.

This is going to be a short and sweet review. So my first remark is that I’ve enjoyed the other books in this series but this newest one is definitely my favorite. My second is that you should read it immediately. It’s an emotional read—full of love, pain, and family angst—I couldn’t stop reading.

The author’s done a wonderful job in creating Caroline and Royal. The details of their personal histories—particularly Caroline’s is well done. Count on Me is fast-paced, the imagery vivid, the sexual chemistry sizzling and it even has plenty of action and danger. This complicated story is realistic, well written, and entertaining and I encourage you to give it a try.

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