Monday, February 20, 2012

For You - Kristen Ashley

Book Blurb:
Lieutenant Alexander Colton and February Owens were high school sweethearts. Everyone in their small town knew from the moment they met they were meant for each other. But something happened and Feb broke Colt’s heart then she turned wild and tragedy struck. Colt meted out revenge against the man who brought Feb low but even though Colt risked it all for her, Feb turned her back on him and left town.

Fifteen years later, Feb comes back to help run the family bar. But there’s so much water under the bridge separating her and Colt everyone knows they’ll never get back together.

Until someone starts hacking up people in Feb’s life. Colt is still Colt and Feb is still Feb so the town watches as Colt goes all out to find the murderer while trying to keep Feb safe.

As the bodies pile up, The Feds move in and a twisting, turning story unravels exposing a very sick man who has claimed numerous victims along the way, Feb and Colt battle their enduring attraction and the beautiful but lost history that weaves them together.

In My Own Words:
Being the town couple has its drawbacks, especially when you break up with the town's golden boy and leave town for 15 years.  February came back to town to help her brother take over the town's bar, a local hangout that has been around forever and the family plans to keep it that way.  Coming back means facing a town that she believes she let down and the man she broke up with, and gave no explanation.  He plan now is to avoid him at all costs.  For 2 years, that plan works great, well not so great, but good enough to keep her sanity.  BUT, when a dead body is found behind the bar and it turns out that the body is a gift of sorts to Feb, Colt is called in and takes his protectin' seriously.  Colt has been best friends with Feb's brother since he was 5 years old.  He moved in and adopted the family in his teens.  Now that the love of his life is back, and someone seems to be looking for reasons to kill for her, he decides the best thing to do, is keep her close.  With her being that close, old feeling resurface.  Can the survive each other AND a psycho killer?

Notable Quote:
There were so many quotes in this book that made me chuckle, but I went with my absolute favorite.
"Sometimes, it's rare, but learn."  (Wisdom from Feb's mom)

This isn't your normal murder mystery kind of book.  You know early on who the crazy axe man is.  What takes times is finding out why and where he will strike next.  It was kind of refreshing to get to know who the bad guy is and back track to find his stressor and his reasoning.  Along the way, you get caught up in the family dynamics with the parents visiting, a brother trying to mend his marriage, friends that are there no matter what, and a town that is a gossip haven.  I enjoyed the story a great deal, what I didn't care all that much for was the editing, which I am seeing as a trend with this author.

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