Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Deeper Than Need by Shiloh Walker

Title: Deeper than Need
Author: Shiloh Walker
My Rating: B 

Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Series: Secrets & Shadows #1
Main Characters: Trinity and Noah
Release Date: June 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

Time heals all wounds.
Eager to put a dark, troubled past behind her, Trinity Ewing buys an old house that will make the perfect refuge for her and her young son once renovations are complete. The last thing on her mind is finding someone new…but the contractor she’s hired is an irresistible distraction—and Trinity can’t help but fantasize about all the business they could be doing behind closed doors.
So does one man’s touch.
Noah Benningfield thought he’d put his demons behind him. But the moment he lays eyes on Trinity, the temptation he feels is too powerful to deny. Soon the attraction between them explodes into something neither of them could have imagined. But their desire will be put to the test when a shocking local murder has them dodging danger at every turn. Can the beautiful and damaged Trinity trust someone like Noah, whose own past is as haunted as her own? The only thing she knows for sure is that she can’t live without a man who makes her feel this good—over and over again…in Deeper Than Need by Shiloh Walker.

My Review:
This is one of those books...there are a ton of secrets throughout. Both the hero and heroine are hiding things. The whole suspense line is about mysteries and hidden connections. And as the reader, you don't know what any of those secrets/mysteries are. This book managed to drag most of those mysteries out throughout the entire book. For me, that works. I have to keep turning the page because I need answers for what is going on. But be warned, if you don't like that, you may not enjoy this book because the mysteries are dragged out for quite a long time...all of them. 

Trinity is new in town. She's bought a big rambling old house with no clue about it's extremely morbid past, although everyone else in this small town is well aware. She's slowly trying to fix it up with Noah acting as her contractor. She's left NYC for unknown reasons (to the reader), but she's definitely run from something that she doesn't want to come out in her new hometown. 

Noah's skeletons are a little more obvious. He's well aware of the past that the house has had and is haunted by them. He's haunted by a lot of things...his alcoholism, the girl...Lana...who disappeared 20 years ago, the kids that he tries to help, and a plethora of mistakes he's made over those 20 years and is trying to move past. He lives a grey life...not much emotion, but that allows him to stay on an even keel...until Trinity and Micah, her young son, show up in his life.

I enjoy Shiloh Walker's style of storytelling and this book definitely worked for me. I liked how Trinity seemed to settle Noah. Her being in this small town has changed everything and shaken everything up, but she's still such a calming influence on him. She's awesome. Just a touch to him and he settles a bit. I loved that. Noah has a bit of a temper, but I loved that towards the end especially, Trinity was the one to let her temper fly. She never thought twice about fighting for those that she loves. She's awesome and I have to admit, I loved that bit of backbone and temper from her because I simply didn't expect it. Talk about turning into a protective bear...whoa, she's awesome!

I got to know this small town through the three novellas that come before this first book. I wasn't a huge fan of this small town in those books and am even less a fan of it now. Talk about some horrible characters, but slowly the books are weeding out the bad seeds and I can definitely get behind that. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out over the series because the whole suspense story line was NOT tied up with a little bow...it looks like it's going to play out over the series and I approve of that choice. 

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

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