- Crimson Romance
- Release Date
- October 2017
- Book 4 of McIntire County Series
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery
A cowboy sheriff and a by-the-book FBI agent team up to to solve a string of murders and arson in this satisfying, slow-burning McIntire County series finale.
Returning to Eider, Iowa, wasn't in FBI agent Liza Bartholomew's game plan, but when word reaches her that an elusive scam artist she's been tracking for years was spotted there, she heads south. Vengeance for his victims and her career are on the line, and she won't rest until justice is served.
However, Eider's sheriff makes for one big roadblock. Between the fallout over his recent close re-election, two gruesome homicides, a rash of arsons, and personal grief weighing on his soul, the last thing Shane Hamilton has time for is a determined FBI agent in his county.
But when it becomes evident that the crime wave and her case are intertwined, Shane makes a bold move that flies in the face of his longstanding vow: He gets close to Liza to share professional and personal secrets.
As the body count mounts, Liza and Shane find themselves and everyone they love in the immediate crosshairs. What will they sacrifice to stop the cold-blooded killer in time?
Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
Nov 27, 2017 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
9 people found the following review helpful
This is an author that I have been following for quite some time and this is the second series that I have fallen in love with. This book was filled with the same excitement and suspense as if I was reading the very first book in this series. I can't believe that this series has come to a close and Shane Hamilton's life is finally told.
This is the fourth book in the McIntire County Series and can be read as a standalone. I recommend for readers to start with the first book in the series to better understand the characters and how they are related with the exception of Shane and Liza.
Shane Hamilton is the Sheriff in Eider, Iowa and he finally gets to tell his story and those deep, deep secrets that he had never told anyone, not even his bestfriend, Con. It seems that the Sheriff is going to have his hands full again with more homicides and more trouble. But that is not the only problem; well, not problem but more like difficulty in trying to figure out his feelings for an FBI Agent. There are feelings that are stirring deep in his stomach and he doesn't know what to do with them.
FBI Agent Liza Bartholomew is working a case that has brought her back to Eider, Iowa but no one is supposed to know that she is back in town. This is a case that she has been following for years and now is her time to put him behind bars. But nothing is ever so easy when it comes to McIntire County especially since it seems that there have been lots of homicides that have been happening in the area. Now it seems that the person that she is looking for could be part of a homicide and the evidence that she was looking for could have been in the house fire. Now all she can do is continue her investigation as fast as she can before her boss has her head. Well actually she is not the only one there ; her brother is ready to chop her head too.
Shane and Liza will be working together in trying to figure out who has killed the apparent suspect. Could that suspect be the person she is looking for or could he have already fled knowing that she is back and ready to take him to prison? Shane can't believe that it's happening again, that more people are being killed in his county and he knows that the townspeople will be looking for answers. In the midst of the investigation the inevitable happens and there is a shooting and the Sheriff gets hurt. That's not the only thing that happens in this story but Shane and Liza share a couple of kisses and those feelings are starting to develop.
Shane has been very secretive about his life and the people closest to him have no idea what happened all those years ago. They know that something awful happened especially when he disappears on the same days every year. The people he works with along with his friends have figured out that he was a military man but nothing else as of yet. Then there is Liza a wonderful woman that is ready to be done with the FBI. She has been thinking a lot about having a family and the years keep going by but there is a problem. Her brother needs help with his son and Liza is the only one that is able to calm him down when he is having his episodes. Liza is a strong, compassionate woman and deserves to be happy with Shane.
LIAR, LIAR was a great read and I'm saddened that this series has come to an end. Now even though this read had me enthralled from the beginning to the very end there was one thing that was missing from this story. When this story ended I was expecting maybe something more on Shane and Liza. I know that they had a happily ever after but what happened between Liza, her brother and her nephew?
Ms. Austin's writing was flawless and I felt every single word in this story. Soulmates meet when they least expect it and there is nothing that they can do to run from it. I loved the amount of twists, surprises and suspense this story had and when it finally came to a close all I could do was sigh with sadness but also with happiness.
I totally recommend this read!!
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