High school counselor Erin Brady is committed to helping kids. Her world crashes around her when she's accused of making inappropriate sexual advances and suspected of murder. Erin's problems have only just begun. She has a secret admirer, one who vows to kill anybody who threatens to harm her or interfere with his plan. Rafe Sirilli agrees to help prove her innocence. Romance blooms, but Erin refuses to hope for permanence. Rafe is available for loan but not to keep.
Will facing old fears help Rafe capture the heart of the woman he loves? The woman who just turned him away?
Till Justice is Served by Jerrie Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Till Justice is Served by Jerrie Alexander is a 2014 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have enjoyed all of Jerrie Alexander's novels I have read so far, and this one is no exception. A blend of mystery and suspense with a hot and spicy love affair is not always the easiest thing to pull off. The storyline often leans too heavy in one direction or the other. But, the author does a great job of building tension both in the crime elements and the romantic elements.
When Rafe returns home to put his recently deceased father's affairs in order, the last thing he expected is to find himself protecting an old classmate who is in a jam. Erin and Rafe attended the same school at one time, but Rafe had upset Erin back then and he was not her favorite person in the world. But, Erin's father is an old family friend, so when he ask Rafe to help out, he simply couldn't refuse.
It becomes obvious early on that Erin, a school counselor, is no longer a person of interest in the death of one of her students. But, she's not out of the woods yet. It is increasingly clear that Erin has an admirer, one who may be willing to kill for her.
Having a stalker is bad enough, but not knowing who your stalker is, is even worse. Who is killing the people Erin is surround by? Is it a student seeking revenge? Is it drug related? A fixation? Someone Erin is close to? This scenario leaves the door wide open for anyone to be a suspect, which increases the suspense level and will have you on the edge of your seat.
The tense situation Erin finds herself in is magnified by her attraction to Rafe. Once the two cleared the air regarding past hurts, they find it hard to keep their hands off one another. The problem? Rafe is not the relationship type. He is career driven and doesn't have time for long term romantic entanglements, not to mention the fact that once this case is solved he is leaving town. Can Rafe and Erin manage a short term affair without hearts being broken?
While there were some areas of the story that were just a touch predictable, hats off to the author for raising awareness about the ongoing drug problems amongst teens and young adults. While drug deaths and addictions are not grabbing the media headlines anymore, the problem is still alive and well. There were other issues addressed in the book as well, that will give the reader some food for thought.
If you enjoy the more traditional style of romantic suspense you should check out this book. This is really my favorite style of RS and I can't get enough of these darker, creepier, super suspenseful stories.
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