Thursday, November 13, 2014

On Her Father's Grave by Kendra Elliot

Title: On Her Father's Grave
Author: Kendra Elliot
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Rogue River #1
Main Characters: Stevie and Zane
Release Date: October 2014
Publisher: Montlake
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
In a small town like Solitude, Oregon, keeping a secret can be murder.

Stevie Taylor had left her sleepy Oregon hometown for a more exciting life. But after her police chief father passes away, the LAPD cop returns to Solitude and signs on as a patrol officer, hoping to heal from her loss…and from the horrific things she’s seen in the city.

In Solitude, everyone knows everyone else’s business—and, to Stevie’s dismay, local gossip soon ties her to the new police chief and a man from her past. Tragedy then shakes up the small town when a teenager dies after taking a strange new drug. Now, the seasoned LA cop must hunt down the dealer while investigating the most important case of her life, one that could divide her tranquil town.

The first of four thrilling Rogue River novellas, On Her Father’s Grave launches a new romantic suspense series from Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh.

My Review:
This book is the first novella installment in a series which is a collaboration between two of Montlake's romantic suspense authors, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot. I've long been a reader of Melinda Leigh's books, but have never read Kendra Elliot before (simply because there are not enough days in the year to read all the different books I want to read!)

As the first book, this one was outstanding. We're quickly thrown into a whole interesting and suspicious set of circumstances. Stevie is an LAPD cop who's returning home after the sudden death of her father, who was the chief of police. He died 10 days before the book begins, leaving a huge hole in the department. Stevie is there to fill part of that. Her first night on the job a teen dies suspiciously and the new Chief quits, leaving Zane as surprise Chief of Police...a midnight decision that even Zane didn't know was coming. 

There are all kinds of things happening in this book. Stevie is from a large very close family and they are reeling from her father's death. One of her brothers is the mayor and not acting quite right. There's a search for her father's journals and Zane knows a bit about that. Why did the other new Chief quit so suddenly? Why are teens suddenly dying with no apparent reason? There's also quite a mystery as to exactly what happened with Stevie in LA. There are hints and clues about an ex...but nothing is really revealed in this book. 

Overall, the book is fast, but it's filled with page after page of scintillating details. I'll be honest...I have no idea where things are going to go from here. This book was not a cliffhanger, although it definitely left a whole lot of unanswered questions about what exactly is happening in this little town. This first installment does work as a stand-alone novel, although I have a feeling that may not be the case with the following books. We'll see.

I can't wait to read more and find out where the story is going next. It will also be interesting to see how the two authors' collaborative works. It looks like they are each going to follow one couple and so far I really like what I see! This is a great start to what looks to be a suspense-filled series. I definitely recommend it!

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

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