Author Kristen Painter
Print Length 364 pages
Published May 24, 2016
The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.
Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.
For romance writer Roxy St. James, living in Nocturne Falls also means a fresh start. And as soon as her unbearable ex signs the divorce papers, that new beginning will be a reality. Unfortunately, her ex doesn’t seem ready to let her go and the subtle threats he’s been making leave her no choice but to confide in her oh-so-handsome neighbor, who just happens to be a deputy with the sheriff’s department.
But Officer Alex Cruz isn’t just the law. He’s also a panther shifter, a secret he’s sworn to keep (along with the truth about Nocturne Falls) from the very foxy Roxy. Humans aren’t supposed to know the town is filled with supernaturals. Then she starts seeing things she shouldn’t and thinks she’s losing her mind. His attraction—and concern—for her wars with the promise he’s made.
Will his truth be more than she can handle? Or will it cause her to write him out of her life?
This is the sixth book in the series, and I skipped book five to read this one because it is about a romance writer. How could I wait? Yes, I do go back to book five and it was entertaining but about that later. Roxy just moves to Nocturne Falls, coming out of a horrible marriage where she was underappreciated. She moves into a cute little home next to Alex Cruz, yepper the same cop who gave her a ticket for speeding. What a jerk…Or is her? Roxy starts to have a problem with a mysterious stalker and Alex has to step in to protect her. Who is going to protect them from their feelings though?
Roxy is a strong woman who is starting over. She has left her unsupportive and at times verbally and emotionally abusive husband. She is ready to focus on herself for a while. I liked how realistic this one is in regards the ramifications of abuse even after you leave the abuser behind. How it still affects your everyday life and decisions that you make.
Alex takes his responsibilities to heart. He is a cop to his bones and a big brother to boot. This means that he is letting his little brother live at his house. He corrects his brother when he is being a jerk to woman and he tries to help him get back on his own two feet. Alex is enduring in regards to his family and how close he is to them.
These two try to fight their attraction mainly due to the threat to Roxy and her coming off of a horrible relationship. But the fight does not last very long. The chemistry between these two is very believable.
Being back in Nocturne Falls was just what I needed. It really does feel like home, and the books are extremely entertaining. The characters almost seem like that could be your friends or family members in real life.
My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote Fiction was fiction for a reason.
Carmen- Alex’s mom
Delaney- Roxy’s friend
Diego- Alex’s brother