- Crimson Romance
- Release Date
- December 2016
- Book 3 of McIntire County Series
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Newly pinned deputy Jolie Murdoch's first big job as a McIntire County deputy is to locate a missing girl. What Jolie doesn't expect is to stumble upon a corpse—the girl's father—with a prime suspect still hanging around. But why would local bartender Xavier Hartmann go off the deep end and bludgeon a man to death?
A former marine, Xavier is barely coping with a traumatic brain injury, and he has no memory of what happened at the crime scene. He came to Eider to confront his past, not get embroiled in a murder as the number one suspect. To make matters worse, as the mystery deepens, Xavier finds himself drawn to the reluctant deputy.
As Jolie fights against mounting pressure to get to the truth, she realizes there's more to Xavier than meets the eye. But someone is lingering on the fringes, determined to put a stop to her investigation and Xavier's freedom. Will Jolie do her sworn duty or buck the status quo to give her and Xavier's newfound passion a chance?
Dec 07, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
132 people found the following review helpful
Once again Ms. Austin has left me speechless with the beauty of her writing. SINS OF THE FATHER is the third book in her McIntire County series and just like the first book, I loved the suspense, the guessing game.
I've had this book for a couple of weeks and finally this weekend I decided it was time for me to read it. Once I started reading it it was really hard for me to put it down. I knew that I was going to be losing some sleep but I didn't care because I needed to know if they were going to figure out what was happening with the two missing girls. There was one missing girl that has been missing for such a long time, but now that another girl has gone missing, it raises the question: can it be related?
Jolie Murdoch and Xavier Hartmann were two characters that, no matter what situation they are in, they will figure it out together. Jolie is a very strong willed woman that knows what she needs to do but sometimes she just needs a little bit encouragement. She has a backbone but sometimes she forgets that it's there, but with Xavier's guidance she is able to stand up to people like her father and also her boss.
Then you have Xavier, a man of mystery. In the beginning all you know is that he is in McIntire County for a reason but all that goes down the drain when he is found beside a dead body. I couldn't believe what Jolie told him when she found him but I was surprised with his answer. I knew he wouldn't leave; he would stay and clear his name even though he couldn't remember what happened.
Jolie is a very good deputy; she has a different method of thinking that will end up taking this investigation in a different route. She also knows that Xavier didn't kill anyone and she is determined to find out who did. Jolie is going to need his help and during the time that they are together, something sparks between them. Xavier is trying his best to figure out what happened that night, why was he at the park and most importantly why did he have blood on himself. But in the midst of everything, he also has some visitors that he told to never come to where he was at. Only that they were worried about him and oh my was his sister a hoot. I totally loved her personality and how she was not afraid to speak her mind.
In the middle of the investigation, Jolie is uncovering things that she shouldn't and someone is on to her. She is going to have to listen to what they say and be on the lookout. She has some great intuitions and she is on the right track. As for Xavier, what he was looking for will catch up to him sooner rather than later...
SINS OF THE FATHER is an exceptional read. This story was full of emotion, also some drama, along with some suspense and of course romance. I love how the author entwines all the characters together and how they all have a part in each other's lives. I loved seeing all the characters again and seeing how their families are growing and how their personalities are just as bright. The characters were well developed. Then there is Ms. Winter's writing and the emotion that is felt in her writing; it's superbly stunning and flawless like always.
I totally recommend this read. This can be read as a standalone but to get a better understanding of all the characters it's best to read from the beginning.
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