Truth and Consequences by Linda Winfree
Series: Hearts of the South #1
Also in this series: What Mattered Most, His Ordinary Life, Uncovered, Fall Into Me, Memories of Us (Hearts of the South #5), Hearts Awakened, Facing It, Hold On To Me, Gone From Me (Hearts of the South, #10), Memories of Us (Hearts of the South #5)
Published by Samhain Publishing
Publication Date: June 19th 2007
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When deceit and desire collide, the results can be deadly...
Book One of the Hearts of the South series.
For undercover FBI agent Jason Harding, coming face to face with the grown-up version of his adolescent dreams is a nightmare. Kathleen Palmer sees him as a despicably corrupt small-town law officer and a murder suspect. Trapped in a web of his own making, he must see his mission through to the end and bring down the crooked cops who’ve run Haynes County for decades. To do so, he must betray the only family he’s ever known and fight his growing love for Kathleen, a relationship that could get one, or both of them, killed.
Determined to uncover the truth, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Kathleen struggles with her attraction to the one person who’s awakened her since she buried her heart and emotions in her son’s tiny grave. Listening to her heart could destroy all she has left in life—her career and reputation. When the truth about Jason’s identity surfaces, they both face unimaginable consequences: Jason may lose his life and Kathleen the man she loves.
Warning: Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, violence.
Lori recommended this series, and since she and I have similar tastes, I decided to check them out.
This is the first book in Linda Winfree‘s Hearts of the South Series.
The Good: I enjoyed the relationship between Jason and Kathleen. It was real and solid, and not something that seemed to be thrown together or contrived. They each had demons to face – Kathleen losing her son to SIDS and Jason realizing his own cousin, the only family he has, is corrupt – but they faced them together. Once they made the decision to commit to each other, that’s exactly what they did. I liked that a lot.
The Bad: The “corrupt” cops seemed a little too stereotypical to me. I know there are corrupt cops out there, just like I know not every single man arrested is guilty, but I think the way Jim Ed (yes, that was really his name) acted was just a bit too over the top. He was the quintessential country bumpkin officer who was on the take and not too smart with it. At times it seemed like he was going to be a bit colder, a bit more real, but in the end it didn’t work out that way. He did everything the “bad” cops in the movies do, from beat his wife to punish his children for no reason. I could have done without that, I think.
The Ugly: Honestly? I can’t think of anything ugly in this story.
Although it wasn’t perfect, and that bit about the “country cops” really bothered me, overall it was a good, well written read with two characters who seemed real and a plot that, while a bit contrived and somewhat predictable, was well fleshed out. I’d recommend it.
4.o out of 5
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The series is as follows: