Memories of Us by Linda Winfree
Series: Hearts of the South #5
Also in this series: Truth and Consequences, What Mattered Most, His Ordinary Life, Uncovered, Fall Into Me, Hearts Awakened, Facing It, Hold On To Me, Gone From Me (Hearts of the South, #10)
Publication Date: June 10th 2008
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Beneath the lies is truth—and temptation that neither of them can resist.
Book Five of the Hearts of the South series.
Investigator Celia St. John is hopelessly attracted to the one man she shouldn’t want, district attorney Tom McMillian. Arrogant and completely alpha, McMillian is the type of man she likes—a tough son of a bitch. The problem? He’s her boss, and he’s still hung up on his ex-wife.
Since his marriage to a law enforcement agent failed after the death of his infant son, Tom has avoided emotional involvement with any woman. Despite his attraction to Celia, he refuses to get involved with another cop.
Their no-strings affair quickly becomes a tangled web of intrigue as they investigate an illegal baby adoption ring and more than one murder, one of which points to Tom as a suspect. The more they dig under the lies, the higher the risk, not only to their relationship, but their lives.
Memories of Us is book 5 in Linda Winfree’s Hearts of the South Series. I’ve read all the previous books and enjoyed them for the most part. I feel like I’ve been watching a new author blossom and grow as I follow along with these novels, and I have to say, she gets better with each subsequent release.
I think the thing I love best about this novel is how the main protagonists stick together and support each other, despite issues they both had from the past. I thought Celia was a very believable character. She was tough, but evenly balanced. She had vulnerabilities and fears, and with Tom’s help she was able to face them and then move on.
Tom was wonderful in that he wasn’t at all what I expected him to be from seeing him in the previous novels. I expected a somewhat staid, kind of straight-laced guy, but he was much more than that. I absolutely love that he was the one with the psychic gift. The way he dealt with it was awesome too. So much like a man.
I did have a few issues with his feelings towards his ex-wife and the way they were resolved. I would much rather have seen the author focus on his feelings for his dead son. I felt that had the potential to be much more deep and powerful. I didn’t believe for a second that after years of pining for his ex-wife and feeling guilty for his son’s death he was just magically healed.
Still, I adored Celia and Tom together. The had wonderful sexual chemistry, and I really felt their emotional bond. I love the way they supported each other and stood by each other. It was wonderfully done. I especially loved the way they just accepted each other as they were.
Though I had a few issues, I highly recommend this. It was an excellent read.
4.5 out of 5
*This review was originally published in 2008. For some reason it disappeared from our database when we switched to our new site.