After five years of hell with an abusive husband, Natasha Hartford vows never to trust another man. Then she stumbles onto a murder scene and meets sexy, stubborn Homicide Detective Chase Brandon, a take-no-prisoners tough guy who’ll settle for nothing less than the truth. Sparks fly, but Chase’s suspicions and Natasha’s innate distrust block the way to happiness.
The detective struggles with his own troubled past and is determined to find the truth behind the shadows dimming Natasha’s eyes. As more murders occur and a possible connection to her ex-husband appears, Chase fears her life is in danger.
Natasha and Chase race to find the killer before he strikes again. Their survival depends on their willingness to overcome their mistrust of one another. Will they overcome their fears and find love again?
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined.
This is my first book by C. B. Clark and I found her while searching for new-to-me Romantic Suspense authors. I enjoyed the first part of this book and was drawn in by Clark’s compassionate depiction of a domestic violence victim trying to move on with her life and survive on her own. It opens with Chase & Natasha meeting at a crime scene; Natasha distrustful of men and Chase viewing everyone as a suspect. I struggled with the fact that Natasha repeatedly went off on her own with the thinnest justifications and that Chase didn’t act professional at all. It was OK, but didn’t wow me. I’d consider this a slow burn romance with a little steam (one sex scene). I think it’s best enjoyed by those more interested in romance than mystery/suspense.
Bill Nevitt’s narration was great. I didn’t always connect with his voice for Natasha. It was gratingly whiny at times, yet that seemed apropro for her personality so not sure he should be faulted for it.
Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
Domestic violence. On & off page. (not between the MCs)
I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving a review.
My Favorite Quotes
The last thing I feel for you is pity Natasha. You’re the bravest person I know. – Broken Trust by @cbclarkauthorTweet