Published by Mira on January 1st 2015
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Born and bred on the land, Jordan Windcroft is brave and independent. She's had to be. Her life revolves around running her property almost single-handedly on next to no money, and waiting out her four years of probation — a rap that she took for one of her closest friends for a crime she didn’t commit.
Thankfully there's an end to her problems in sight. Jordan’s probation period is almost up, and if she can just make the cattle sale, there’s a chance she can pull herself out of more than ten years of serious debt and keep her precious farm. The last thing she needs is for Reid Easton to start monitoring her.
Detective Senior Sergeant Reid Easton drives into Whitewater Creek on a mission to wrap up a three-year drug investigation; his only lead, Jordan Windcroft. The attraction between the two is immediate, but Reid is undercover and Jordan has a secret she can’t risk him discovering. Will either jeopardise their cause, for something as transitory as love – or will they keep their secrets to themselves?
Tight-knit rural communities do harbour secrets that can kill and in a place where the folks are a law unto themselves, Detective Reid Easton needs to untangles the events of a ‘mere’ accident’s years ago – while keeping his feet in rhythm with Jordan Windcroft, the woman who seems to be in the centre of it all. I took a while to get into the book but do think that the writing and characters are more than decent and likeable – enough to be memorable.
Sarah Barrie’s prose is flowing and assured, but the multiple POVs within a scene tended to give me whiplash at times. I never quite knew whose eyes I was viewing the action from after a while, and that tended to detract from my overall enjoyment of the story.