Title: She Can Tell
Author: Melinda Leigh
My Rating: A-
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Main Characters: Rachel and Mike
Release Date: December 2012
Publisher: Montlake Romance
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
A horse trainer’s homecoming turns deadly when a vicious stalker, a cold murder case, and a hot police chief threaten to expose family secrets that a killer wants to keep buried.
After a terrible accident ends her riding career, horse trainer Rachel Parker returns to her hometown to a hostile welcome. Her efforts to rebuild the family farm are hampered by her sister’s domestic crisis and a violent vandal who threatens Rachel’s new business and her life. She is also blindsided by the undeniable and unwanted attraction she feels for hot police chief handling her case. Someone is systematically trying to destroy her. Someone who knows private things about her. Someone who’s been watching her…
As his investigation uncovers the turbulent past Rachel keeps carefully hidden, Police Chief Mike O’Connell finds himself with too many suspects and too many feelings for his fiercely independent victim. His desire for Rachel is a conflict of interest that jeopardizes everything he stands for. Long buried family secrets, a skeleton, and a corrupt local official with a grudge against Mike complicate the case, but the escalating violence against Rachel convinces him he doesn’t have much time. Whoever is watching Rachel wants her dead. Mike and Rachel race to untangle a web of deceit and lies that stretches twenty-five years into the past—before her stalker strikes again.
I adored the first book in this series, She Can Run, so I was thrilled when Melinda asked me if I wanted to read this book. And it definitely lived up to expectations. Someday I want to be able to write romantic suspense like Melinda Leigh does!! Tons of action, seriously creepy bad guys, amazing emotion, and lots of just fabulous characters that you can't help but to fall in love with....
This book features Rachel. She's had to give up her dreams after a riding accident left her with a shattered shoulder. She's returned home and is working to set up her grandfather's homestead into a profitable horse farm. Upon returning home though she finds her sister's marriage is in a bad place and her sister's alcoholic husband is becoming abusive. That's just the start to her troubles. She also has someone (maybe the sister's husband or maybe someone else) causing problems on the farm.
Mike is the police chief. He has his own set of problems starting with huge amounts of guilt over the fact that a woman died at the hands of a serial killer in his town last year. He is guzzling mylanta like it's water and avoiding his doctor friend, Quinn. It doesn't help things that the police force is short-handed and the city council are putting tons of pressure on Mike. The last thing he needs to do is become involved with Rachel, especially since she is part of an ongoing (actually several ongoing) investigations.
Both Mike and Rachel are very guarded people. Neither one has a great family background and they definitely have issues with trusting their feelings...Rachel especially. Rachel's mother had some mental issues and Rachel worries about that happening with her...so she keeps herself from everyone. She wants and likes to be alone, but Mike refuses to let her face all of this alone...plus he can't stand the thought of her being unprotected. I loved that about him...he is so protective and alpha about her. He's actually that way about the entire town...thus why he isn't sleeping and guzzling mylanta. You have to feel for the poor guy because how can you not love a guy who wants to take on the protection of his entire town.
Then there's Rachel....who is independent to the point of it physically hurting her. She could easily destroy her shoulder so that she could never use it again, but even with that threat, she won't ask for help. But when it comes to protective streaks, she's the same as Mike when it comes to her sister and nieces. Really great characters.
I had NO IDEA who the bad guy was....even when the story was on the verge of revealing it, I kept guessing between three people...so good! You like romantic suspense?? You need to read Melinda Leigh's books! Just a great roller-coaster ride of a read and I LOVED IT!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.