by Dee Tenorio
Series: Deadly Secrets #2
Pub. Date: July 21, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Ignite
Some secrets are worth dying for…
Undersheriff and former Marine Rick Trelane had one constant his entire life—his friendship with Whitney Peterson. Through thick and thin, she has never faltered. Never blamed. But when her former lover turns up dead, Rick must look past the walls he’s built to the woman he thought he knew inside and out…and discover he was wrong.
Whitney has secrets, deadly ones. The deeper he digs, the more he sees her as a woman he desires. And suspects. But as bodies start turning up, so does the evidence against her. Now the air is thick with secrets and shadows and giving into the longing could turn both their worlds upside down. Because this killer is just getting started…
This was another quick romantic suspense from Dee Tenorio, and it takes places several years after the conclusion of Convicted. Our war-torn hero in this installment is Rick Trevane, who ended up with life-threatening injuries in the first book. Rick and Cade were part of the same unit in the Marines, and joined the Sheriff's Dept to clear the corruption from Rick's hometown. Like Cade, Rick has turned off his emotions and is just existing day-by-day. Losing his high school sweetheart, Shana, to the witness protection program in Convicted only further damaged this broody vet. Since Rick has been back, he has had a hard time acclimating to civilian life and people he knew before the war. He is estranged from his father and his only real friend (besides Cade) is childhood pal, Whitney Peterson.
Whitney has been in love with Rick forever, but she always knew she didn't have a shot. She has been through something horrific, and is a bit of a tortured heroine herself. Those around her don't realize this because she is so positive and is always taking care of those around her, sometimes to the detriment of herself. I really liked Whitney, and its a shame it took Rick so long to open his eyes to what was right in front of him. She was sweet and caring, and I hated what she went through.
While the suspense aspect of this book was a bit predictable, it didn't detract from the story. Once Rick opened his eyes, it was all in for him and Whitney and their relationship moved along at a pace that worked with the book. This one was quite as steamy as Convicted, but it made up for it with the depth of emotion that it invoked. Trust me, this one is a tear jerker. I think I cried for the last 40% of the book. I also loved Rick's dad, Richard Sr. He was a great secondary character.
Dee Tenorio is a new-to-me author, but I will definitely read more of her in the future. I received an advanced copy of this book from Entangled (through Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review.
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