How can anyone resist temptation when it’s right next door?
Riley County North Carolina has a lot to offer: coastal views as far as the eye can see, and men in uniform who are even more gorgeous. Home to the most notorious prison in the state, Alicia’s new hometown is crawling with men who carry their own handcuffs and know how to use them – like Officer Liam Alexander, her one and only neighbor. After catching him out of uniform, she can’t resist pausing to enjoy the show. When Liam’s Southern charm drives him across the property line, life gets hotter than the Carolina summer could possibly account for. Unfortunately, there’s a dark side to life in the coastal haven, even with an officer next door.
Coordinating special events at a historic – and supposedly haunted – plantation is enough to have Alicia questioning her senses and her sanity, but the spirits of the past take a backseat to a pair of escaped convicts who blaze a trail of mayhem across Riley County. Not even the most intense chemistry can survive the perils that make a sunny seaside town a dangerous place to be after dark … can it?
Book 1 in the Lock and Key Series.
** ARC sent by author in exchange for an honest review **
The cover gets a huuuge thumbs up from me! makes me drool a little bit every time I see it!
I started reading this book and literally had to double check that I was reading what I imagined it would be because what was unfolding before my eyes, didn't read like I thought it would.
Here's me thinking it was a contemporary, steamy novel..... nooooo!!
We've got to add a murderer on the loose hell bent on killing our PERT and a white, swishy skirted ghost! that's right, a ghost!
I was completely not expecting it and felt scared... physically. I'm becoming a wimp as I get old!
Alicia has recently moved to Riley, SC. Her morning routine consists of waking up, getting a coffee and watching her neighbor through the bathroom windows while he gets in and out of the shower! TBH, I don't blame her!
Liam is the Officer next door. A PERT Officer at Riley's Jail, struggling to get his hard on in check after watching Alicia's silhouette through her bedroom blind at night!
Fate may have had a hand in getting these two together and although it's touch and go for a while, they manage to get through it. And, for a change it's not the main characters who can't seem to get it together it's the fact that one of the Levison brother's is on the lose and terrorizing the neighborhood, after he and his brother escaped from the broken down bus on the way to prison. Since the moment he got free, he's killed three officers and a nurse, Riley isn't safe and neither is living in the woods... like Alicia and Liam!
Perfect excuse to ask the woman you're fantasizing over to move in!
Things between these two realistically, go smoothly. Things are moving along nicely... It's just the fact that it looks like Liam is the target for the escaped convict.
Thankfully, everything works out for these two, but like i said, it was touch and go.... from how the fire was described, I didn't think anyone would make it out.