Monday, October 15, 2012

Shadow Valley by Kate Sherwood

Title: Shadow Valley 
Author: Kate Sherwood
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Megan and Joe
Release Date: October 2012
ISBN: ebook
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
What could be worse than having a long-over affair with your boss—the governor—hit the headlines? Professional and personal exile. Banished from the state capital to ride out the media storm in Shadow Valley, Montana, Megan Archer is tasked with promoting cooperation between local police and the federal agents investigating the area's drug trade.

When she's rescued from a near-drowning by handsome Joe Cody, Megan thinks things might be looking up. Until she finds out that her savior is an alleged drug kingpin and head of a notorious crime family. Yes, Joe has an edge, but the attraction between them is too intense to resist. She refuses to believe that the guy who saved her is a criminal.

Megan has a responsibility to the law, but in this case a job well done might mean Joe's downfall. And as Megan uncovers more secrets, it becomes clear that Joe's not the only one in town who can't be trusted. Something's rotten in Shadow Valley...

My Review:
This book did not play out the way that I thought it would when I read the premise. It reads like a mild romantic suspense story, but I will admit it kept me guessing. The logical places to ramp up the suspense were ignored and there were times were it read like a typical small town romance. It definitely had a feel that was different, but that doesn't mean it was bad. In fact, it kept it pretty interesting.

Megan has come to this small town in Montana to investigate a lot of different allegations between the different branches of law enforcement working in the least that's what her job is on paper. In reality, this is just busy work given to her by the governor to get her out of the capital after their long-ago-ended affair was revealed, but is causing problems for him now.

Driving into town, Megan hits an icy patch on the road and ends up almost drowning in her car in an icy river. Her savior is none other than Joe Cody, the man who is allegedly the town lead drug runner and murderer. She's having a hard time reconciling the man of the reports to the truly nice guy who fished her out of her car.

There's a lot going on within this story...the mystery of where Joe's been for the last ten years and what he's really doing in the area and with his family. There's the story between Megan and the governor which is ruining her life. There's the mystery of what is really going on within the different branches of law enforcement in this small town. There are questions raised about the cops and sheriff too as they are who Megan works the closest with. You never know from one page to another exactly who in this book is trustworthy...besides Megan. All she knows is that she was given a job and she plans to do it whether that was the ultimate goal of her assignment or not. She wants to help sort these issues out.

There were a few moments where I wasn't feeling the emotional chemistry between Joe and Megan. There was no doubt they connected on a physical level, but it took a while for the emotional part of that relationship to work for me...but it did finally click, and then the book truly started to work for me. 

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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