Another readable treat has arrived for us! The last book I got to read by Irene Hannon in this series was the first book in this series, Fatal Judgement. I was happy to read again in the same lovely writing style as before. As soon as I started reading I thought, "I missed this!"
Alison Taylor is a social worker. Not something you would except to be more than a blip in the big scheme of things. She has been in an accident, leaving her with a few physical issues, and some deeper emotional ones as well. Her brothers Cole, and Jake are very protected of her, with good cause.
Her brother Cole asks her to go to a wedding with a man who needs her help, Mitch. Mitch doesn't need her help as much as he needs to meet the right woman for his life, but as a former Navy Seal, Alison is going to be well protected. Soon Mitch and Alison are good friends, with a chance of something much more. As Mitch struggles to make sure his Father is getting well from heart issues, his heart is falling for Alison, and Alison could fall for Mitch. Black roses, funeral banners, and bingo cards with sculls on her doorstep cause Alison's previous mundane life to take a drastic turn. Her family and Mitch are working around the clock to protect her, but Alison has a life to live and sometimes it overrides what should be better judgement.
Alison can't figure out who would be angry with her, but as a social worker the list could be endless. She is so wrapped up in a case where she knows the woman is being framed that she isn't as focused on her own well-being as she could be. Even with the losses she has dealt with in the last few days, she goes to work anyway. And that is when things really pick up! I am not about to give it all away, you know that by now.
I was moved by Irene's portrayal of people getting off drugs, and getting re-addicted to them, as well as those who had managed to turn their lives around with God's help. Mitch, Cole and Jake, as well as Bert are all good strong characters in this book, but it is Alison herself that stood out to me, in subtle and yet strong ways.