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Published: May 2013, Dana Marton
After having spent most of her life treated like glass due to a serious heart condition, Sophie Curtis is finally learning to make her own decisions and building her own life with a brand new healthy, strong heart beating in her chest. Her mother doesn't think it's natural and her ex-boyfriend preferred her dependent on him, but she is determined to meet any and all challenges on her own terms. That includes dealing with that terrifyingly large dog that followed her home.
Chief of Police, Ethan Bing, hasn't been much for socializing since his wife's murder two years ago. Right now he is investigating the murder of another woman and discovered there may be a connection between the two, and that is all that occupies his mind. But when a woman with a riot of red curls stares curiously at his house and then almost faints, he feels the urge to strike up a conversation and offers his help finding the owner of a lost dog she found.
In talking with Sophie, Ethan discovers that she has had some visits from, what appears to be, a peeping Tom, and he urges her to take some safety measures. One night they find Sophie's flowers destroyed and her house broken into and vandalized and Ethan's protective instincts go in overdrive. Sophie is bonding not only with Ethan, but also with Peaches.....the terrifyingly large dog, who has slowly found his way into her house.
It appears, even as discoveries that are made during the murder investigations drive Sophie and Ethan apart, nothing can keep Ethan away when Sophie is at risk.
It pulled on my emotions!!! A fantastic, intricate thriller, a beautiful sub-plot, well written with great sensitivity to difficult subject matter!!
I was hooked on both main characters right from the get go. Both so understandable and loveable. The idea of this semi-innocent but determined grown woman with a dyed in the wool, rugged police chief is just so charming. And the dog.......is perfect!
Absolutely loved this book, no reservation whatsoever!!