On her first day of substitute teaching, her new life is nearly cut short when she finds herself in the middle of a shooting that leaves a married couple dead. Luckily, she is saved by Sam Meadows, a cardiologist, but the shooter has disappeared by the time the police come around.
When the shooter tries to kill Grace again, Sam and Grace realize that the killer won’t stop until she is dead. With a killer who has nothing to lose, the question isn’t if the killer will attack again, but when and who will be in the crosshairs. A romantic suspense wrapped in the aspects of life: love, family, forgiveness, danger, and death.
Grace Ellery is originally from Ohio but has recently moved to Virginia. She left Virginia after she was attacked and needed some place to start over. She is currently working as a substitute teacher at the local high school and living in her brother’s basement while other people rent the actual house.
Deacon Cochrane is a psychopath! He’s a senior in high school who lives with her grandfather who has raised him since his father was killed serving in the Army. Deke is really smart but also very calculating. He wants to join the army when he graduates like his brother and father both did, but can’t leave his grandfather until he knows that his automotive repair business will be ok. Oh and did I mention he’s a murderer?
Sam and Grace meet when they witness a shooting of two Muslim people and Sam dives onto Grace to save her from being the next shooting victim. Sam is drawn in by Grace’s green eyes and is captivated by her. They keep running into each other and there is some flirtation there. She’s awkward and I think Sam makes her nervous, but Sam seems to like her anyway. They really do bring out the best in each other. Grace meets Deacon when she subs for one of his classes in high school. She has no idea that he is the person who shot and killed the people around town, but he recognizes her the instant he sees her. He instantly thinks she might have seen him shoot the Muslim people and plots how he can kill her. Deacon’s first attempt at her life is botched; thankfully he only manages to shoot her leg. Lucky for her this throws her into the arms of Sam. Deacon doesn’t give up that easily though. He continues to rack up the body count around town and even tries to frame Sam for a murder. This poor boy is seriously deranged. We soon find out if Grace can escape from yet another attack on her life or will Deacon succeed in killing her?
Overall, I would say that I enjoyed this book. This is not my normal genre but it had a lot of twists and turns throughout the book, so it kept you interested, and you really never knew what was going to happen. The romance between Sam and Grace was very fast evolving, but then I guess being shot at can make you feel things faster. It was an easy read and I finished it in a day. There were some errors with the writing, just little mistakes, but they could be overlooked easily enough.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.
About the Author
When she is not writing you will find her after a long day of skiing at one of the many lodges in Vail. She will most likely be next to a warm fire, drinking a glass of wine and telling stories.