Hero: Noah Young
Heroine: April Ortiz
To support her small daughter, April Ortiz does what she has to do—which means waiting tables in a skimpy outfit at a popular nightclub in the gang-infested area of Chula Vista. When one of her co-workers is found raped and murdered, April does what she knows she shouldn’t—she defies the neighborhood code by giving the police a hardcore gang member’s name.
Clean-cut cop Noah Young wants a shot at breaking this case more than anything in the world—that is, until he meets the unforgettable April Ortiz. When April gives Noah the tip, a spark ignites. As the fire between them threatens to blaze out of control, the two are dragged down further into the dark mysteries of the graffiti-lined streets, taunted by a crazed killer who could strike again at any time.
Jill Sorenson can write the heck out of a story.
This book follows April Ortiz and Noah Young. She’s a bar waitress and he’s a cop. They live in the Chula Vista area which is ripe with gang violence and all other sorts of stuff that can be pretty scary. Noah is investigating a case and April Ortiz was a co worker of the dead girl in his case. After interviewing April, Noah can tell that she knows a lot more than she’s saying and is pleasantly surprised when she slipped him a little somethin’ somethin’ because he really liked the look of her.
April and Noah’s romance was a big part of the book but not the only part. There’s the mystery surrounding who’s killing all of these women, there’s a secondary romance between Eric Hernandez and Noah’s sister, Meghan. All of these storylines wove into one book made for one fantastic read. I loved it all.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The mystery behind the killer thing was easy for me to crack but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. I enjoyed both of the relationships that blossomed in this book. I enjoyed getting to know both Noah and April. Noah’s goals and plans and the way that he falls for April was sexy and seeing April thaw out from her last relationship with Eric’s brother made their story just that much more interesting.
Eric and Meghan’s relationship was my favorite part of the book. Eric’s character really grabbed me and held on tight. I couldn’t get enough of him and I’ve got my fingers crossed that we haven’t seen the last of him. Meghan had some issues that she was dealing with herself and she showed up on Noah’s doorstep, hoping to find herself away from the school she was at and from the parents that were furious with her for dropping out of school. Meghan was really lucky to have Eric. The way that he fought his feelings for Meghan was too adorable for words.
Overall, this was a solid read. I re-read this book again right before I wrote up this review so that I could see if my love for this book would stand and I think I loved it more. Jill Sorenson wrote another winner of a book for me and her descriptions of Chula Vista were on point as I could see everything in my mind. She writes romantic suspense wonderfully well and I’m a total fan of her work. If you’re a fan of Jill’s, you’ll love this book and if you’re a fan of romantic suspense, you’ll love this book. So go forth and read it. =)
Grade: 4.75 out of 5