Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: 3
It’s been five years since her broken heart sent her running clear across the country to Virginia. Now, Quinn Harper is back in Oregon and faced with a whole new set of problems. She’s been in love with Zach for years, and now that he’s back as well, she doesn’t know how long she can hide the truth.
Zachary Jensen is done with the FBI undercover gig. He’s come home to put down roots in the rural community where he grew up, and he can’t imagine anyone he’d rather do it with than Quinn.
After finally admitting their feelings, the pair embarks on a whirlwind romance, but not everyone is happy for the couple. Strange gifts, cruel words burned into the front lawn, and Quinn’s car demolished—someone wants her gone. Can Zach unravel the mystery of Quinn's unwelcome admirer before he loses everything?
Quinn isn’t exactly thrilled at the idea of going back home and having to face the one person that completely shattered her heart and had her running in the first place. She knows in order to move past the hurt feelings and move on she’ll have to face Brody Jensen. It’s been too long and life since him hasn’t gotten any easier, but now that Zach’s back in town too, he might just be her salvation. Problem is when they spend so much time together she starts to see him differently and makes a startling realization that has been there from the beginning.
Zach couldn’t be happier to have Quinn back in his life, even only as a friend. He moved away and stopped talking to his family when she left, so now that she’s back he doesn’t feel quite so lonely. He’ll take what he can get from her, but when she finally admits her feelings, nothing in the world is going to stop him from being with her. That is until it becomes obvious that someone has it out for her and won’t be satisfied until she’s gone one way or another.
I really enjoyed this friends-to-lovers story. Since Quinn and Zach had already known each other for so long, it made their loving relationship that much more sincere. Quinn is a relatable heroine although she did come off a whiney at times. Zach on the other hand is alpha male perfection. He’s possessively dominant without being afraid to show his feelings.
The storyline is on track with a ‘whodunit’ plot that enriched the story past the main characters to include the secondary characters. The dialogue is naughty when it needs to be and emotional when its not. This first story in the Salem Nights series is an excellent start and I already have a feeling of who we might see in the next. This is a quick and erotically charged read, so beware that once you start you may not want to put it down.
4 Tea Cups!