Count on Me by Lauren Dane
Publication Date: June 10th 2014
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She needed answers, but he gives her a place she can call home.
Petal, Georgia, Book 3
Petal is the last place Caroline Mendoza thought she’d end up. Sixteen years ago she lost both parents there—her mother to murder and her father to prison for the crime. Since then she’s built a successful life, but she’s never let go of the belief her father is innocent.
Now she’s back in Petal to find the truth. With a new job and a mystery to solve, she’s got plenty on her plate. But when she bumps into Royal Watson, the sparks fly hard and fast.
When the whipsmart, opinionated lawyer blows into town like a beautiful storm, Royal has a reason to make the time to get off his organic farm and pursue her. And soon their intense attraction is tipping into something more.
As Caroline’s dogged investigation digs up ghosts of the past, there’s not much time for basking in love’s glow. The closer she gets to the truth, the more threatened the real killer gets...and the greater the danger that all her digging could lead to her own grave.
Warning: Laid-back ranchers who are really sneak alpha males, tight butts in wranglers, and creative use of belts and buckles. Bad words, hot sex, and lots of pie—sometimes all at once.
Dane writes my favorite type of heroine. Smart, funny, courageous and know their own minds. Caroline is a perfect example.
Caroline is such a strong woman. I love how fierce she is when it comes to those she cares about. She’s independent but also open and caring. She has a great sense of humor and her bawdy side cracked me up. Even though she was bold and independent, she was also vulnerable when it came to her family. Her fight for her father’s innocence took a lot out of her, as did the constant battle with her mother’s parents. Had she been strictly one or the other she would have been hard to relate to.
Royal was steady and sweet. Caroline called him a ‘sneak alpha’ and that’s nothing but the truth. Though Caroline had the stronger personality, I never felt like either of them was “on top of” the other. They were equals. They talked and handled things together. I thought they were the perfect pair.
Returning to Petal was great. The entire town is filled with wonderful characters. Even the villains are well-drawn. The town really comes alive in these stories.
4.5 out of 5