Bookstore owner Kerry Emerson finally seems to be back in control of her life.
Her failure of a marriage firmly in her rearview mirror and her recent business expansion a success, she is in charge of her own future. One that is looking better than ever.
The sight of the tall man, with the familiar salt and pepper goatee pushing open the door of her store, sets her hair on end. He doesn’t exactly bring good memories.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Damian Gomez is just looking for a decent cup of coffee when he walks into the small store offering books and brew. The pretty, feisty woman behind the counter is an unexpected surprise. Not at all unpleasant, especially since her finger that used to hold a wedding ring is now bare.
Her wild hair, boho style and silvery grey eyes suddenly hold a lot of promise.
But when his office is pulled into an international investigation into the trafficking of rare books and manuscripts, the straight-laced SAC realizes he has to keep his distance from the woman who might well be involved.
Easier said than done, since fate seems determined to throw them together.
Point of view:
1st person. Alternating between Damian & Kerry’s perspectives.
This is book 1 in the Rock Point series. This is a spin-off from another series that I haven’t read, there’s some characters mentioned but it didn’t impact my enjoyment in any way.
I really enjoyed this. A good mix of mystery/suspense, romance, and a little bit of humor with a compelling plot and pacing. I also liked that the characters are older (in their 40s). Barker does a good job of world building. I enjoyed getting to know not only Kerry & Damian but also their friends, coworkers and even some family. (Damian’s family was so much fun!). Enough to peak my interest about the secondary characters without it taking anything away from the main couple.
Damian & Kerry are both strong, independent characters who are happy being single. But there’s an undeniable pull. A series of events puts book store owner Kerry in danger and at the middle of an art trafficking ring. Damian is an FBI agent working to solve a complex crime and keep Kerry safe. I loved the action, mystery, & investigation just as much as the sexy scenes. Damian and Kerry definitely have great chemistry.
There’s a great HFN and I’m looking forward to binging the rest of the series.
I loved Christian Fox and Muffy Newtown. They’re a great match with each other, the characters, and Barker’s writing. Such an easy book to listen to.
About the author:
USA Today bestselling author Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
With forty-plus books already published, she continues to create characters who are perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy.
Recipient of the ReadFREE.ly 2019 Best Book We’ve Read All Year Award for “Covering Ollie, the 2015 RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for Best First Book, “Slim To None”, Finalist for the 2017 Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, and Finalist for the 2020 Kindle Book Award with “When Hope Ends”, Freya spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!
You can connect with Freya Barker here:
About the narrator:
Muffy Newtown is the pseudonym of Erin Mallon. A playwright, author, and narrator of over 550 audiobooks with a special affinity for the romance genre. She is a six-time Earphones Award Winner and a five-time Audie Award Nominee. (Rellim’s note: As a rule, I don’t post pseudonyms, but Mallon is open about her “alter ego”.)
You can connect with Newtown/Mallon here:
My Favorite Quotes
Kerry Belfour is a beautiful, and apparently, quite resilient woman. – Keeping 6 by @freya_barker @audible_com #Audibook narrated by #ChristianFox & @MuffyNewtown #RockPoint #RomanticSuspense #Over40 #FBI #Mystery #ThrillerTweet
Damn that man. I can’t even hang on to a good snit. – Keeping 6 by @freya_barker @audible_com #Audibook narrated by #ChristianFox & @MuffyNewtown #RockPoint #RomanticSuspense #Over40 #FBI #Mystery #ThrillerTweet
“It’ll be okay,” he whispers with his lips against mine. “I’ll make it okay.” – Keeping 6 by @freya_barker @audible_com #Audibook narrated by #ChristianFox & @MuffyNewtown #RockPoint #RomanticSuspense #Over40 #FBI #Mystery #ThrillerTweet