Title: Loving Again
Author: Peggy Bird
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Second Chances #2
Main Characters: Sam and Amanda
Release Date: November 2012
Publisher: Crimson Romance
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Sexual Intensity: hot
One spring evening, at an art gallery opening, Portland police detective Sam Richardson meets Amanda St. Claire, a talented, young glass artist. He’s immediately attracted to her. Trouble is, they’re introduced by Amanda’s boyfriend, restaurant and club owner Tom Webster.
Then Webster is murdered and Amanda’s accused of killing him. Amanda and Sam grow closer as they try to clear her name. But as much as Sam wants her to stay she runs to Seattle to escape the notoriety of her trial.
Sam follows and convinces her to come back to Portland and to him. But when she does, strange things begin to happen. Another glass artist publicly accuses her of stealing his ideas. She’s stalked while out running errands. The sensor on the back door to her basement keeps going off, as if someone is trying to get into her house. Her studio is repeatedly broken into.
Then, two more people are killed and the evidence points, again, to Amanda as the killer. And this time, Sam’s life is threatened, too. On her own Amanda comes up with a plan to protect him. A plan that means she will have to shut him out of her life. But she can’t let anything happen to him, not after everything he did for her.
Even if it means losing the only man she’s ever loved.
This is a very involved story which covers about a year's worth of time. In the beginning Sam and Amanda are newly dating, but she's just gone through a really tough time and is in the process of relocating for six months to Seattle to get her life straightened out. They've just discovered each other and Sam doesn't really understand Amanda's need to leave for such a long period. He doesn't want her to go. That's where the story starts, but then it covers the next year of Sam and Amanda's life as they grow into a relationship and then Amanda's world falls apart once again.
This is a romantic suspense, but the romance is different from what you normally find in romance novels. When the book starts, they are already dating. What you see instead of blossoming feelings, is the development of a loving relationship and all the growing pains and learning of each other that it takes to get there. Because in the midst of this new relationship, there is a new threat in Amanda's life and she has scars from her past especially when it comes to trust. When her world fell apart before, it was Sam who saved her from it all. This time she is determined to stand on her own two feet and be stronger than she was before. What she doesn't realize is that this is bigger than she can handle. She needs to trust her cop-boyfriend to help her out.
I liked this book.Even though Sam and Amanda spend a lot of the book at odds with each other, it never read as confrontational. I always felt like they were a strong couple regardless of the roadblocks thrown at them and I liked that. I liked Amanda and her independent spirit as much as I loved Sam and his need to protect her. There were times when the suspense seemed a little bit too easy, but overall it worked for me. It definitely kept me engaged with the story and dying to know what was going to come next.
Overall, it's definitely one I'd recommend and I'd even read again. I'll be watching for more of this author's books.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.