Looking for a little more from your next love story? Cross’s Crimson Point series definitely delivers!
A Crimson Point Novel
by Kaylea Cross
Genre: Romantic Suspense
She left her painful past behind.
Poppy Larsen is finally free. She moved to Crimson Point to make a new life for herself, full of bright possibilities. A whole new world awaits her, if she can find the courage to trust again—even her gorgeous neighbor, the town sheriff. But darkness lurks in the picturesque Oregon Coast town, concealing a deadly threat that’s closer than she ever imagined.
Now a killer is watching her from the shadows.
Sheriff Noah Buchanan can’t help but be intrigued by his new neighbor. She’s hard working, sexy as hell, and unlike most of the women in town, she hasn’t thrown herself at him. After it becomes clear that she plans to put down roots here, he finds himself falling more and more for Poppy and her big heart. When someone from her past tries to hurt her, it triggers all his protective instincts. But the real danger is hiding in plain sight. When the unthinkable happens, Noah is thrust into a race against time to save her before it’s too late.
This is my first by Cross (although it won’t be my last) and I found it to be a tad more romance than suspense, so keep that in mind when you pick it up. Both parts, I felt, were handled well but if you go in thinking you’ll find an edge-of-your-seat nail-biter, you’ll be a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong – I felt like the mystery worked really well, even if there are quite a few obvious false flags floating around, and I was definitely engrossed when things came to a head with the danger to Poppy. It’s just that a good part of the beginning of the book is about her hesitation to get involved with Noah and how irresistible he is.
The dynamic among the friends is actually as appealing as the romance for me and I loved how easily they accepted Poppy into their group. They are all just as honorable as Noah and, like him, care about the people and the town. It makes it believable that Poppy starts to open up to them, especially Noah. Cross does a good job of relating Poppy’s hesitancy in getting involved and, while she is a little reserved because of her past, she is also smart and hardworking. Her appeal as a character makes it rewarding as she starts to trust the others.
While the suspense portion of the story isn’t that big, it is set up well and you get a good feel for the bad guy. I wouldn’t say that I was sympathetic but I definitely understood where he came from and why he did the things he did. You know that there is no way that Noah won’t save Poppy, but her experience so engrossing that it bothered me to even try to imagine what she went through. I don’t think it will satisfy die-hard mystery or suspense readers but it does a great job of adding a little kick to the love story.
Not having read the first book, I’m not sure how well we are supposed to know Poppy and Noah coming into this story. If it is anything like this book, which set up the next in the series quite nicely, I’m sure that returning readers had an opinion. It didn’t take me long to get involved, though, so I’m sure you are just starting the series too. (Being a new reader, I will admit that I felt really bad for Noah’s friend Carter and the troubles he’s experiencing because of the brain injury he suffered serving overseas. I hate to think about how much I’d feel for him if I’d read both! But that’s a thing for the next book 🙂 )
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and has been nominated multiple times for the National Readers’ Choice Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and family.
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