Story *****    Narration ***   Overall ****

Author Stacy Eaton creates an intriguing story of the impact of a complex auto accident on the life of the investigating Detective Natasha Foster. Natasha Foster is portrayed early on as fearless, accomplished, and intelligent. Her place in the department is earned by her work ethic and tenacity, excluding her emotional side.

The only survivor, and driver, of a car that careened off the road into a gully has amnesia. As Natasha calls him, Jay strikes a chord of strength and ignites her imagination during the investigation. She wants the truth, but the gun in his possession, a sack of money in the back seat, an unidentified woman passenger, and body in the trunk need an explanation.

Only the barest of clues are present for the investigation. Natasha believes that determining who did what, to whom, when, and where are trapped in Jay’s mind. Is he faking his memory loss? No identification is available for any of the players in the vehicle. Who is missing money? You’d think someone would have missed half a million dollars. All the clues turn up as dead ends.

Jay, even missing his memory, is solid and vital ready to recover. Struggling for the key to opening his past causes pain and discomfort. He wants the truth, even if it means jail. He has no money, no home, and no one to help him. His attraction to Natasha finds the perfect setting when she offers him a room in her home to recover. Natasha walks a line between needing to solve the case and needing to explore her attraction.

Author Eaton accentuates Natasha’s ability to take care of herself in any situation where she can work from logic and facts rather than her heart. Jay balances his growing attraction to this beautiful, energetic, capable detective against his unknown commitments of a life or family.

Narrator Rebecca Ehrenpreis did not help tell this story in a compelling or exciting manner. I found her voice often dull and monotone rather than engaging for this type of suspense fiction.  Her character voices were inconsistent, and the pace was out of sync with this remarkable story. Technically there is nothing wrong with the quality of the recording.

I recommend this story and the writing of this talented author, Stacy Eaton, for those who enjoy a complex romance with delightfully intertwined situations and scenes. This romantic suspense with grab you with action and strong characters. I look forward to enjoying other stories by this author.

About the Author

Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Bestselling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016 due to a second serious concussion. Her last three years on the job were in investigations and crime scene investigation. She now writes full-time.

Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, who works in law enforcement. She has a daughter in college and a son who is currently serving in the United States Navy.

Stacy writes a variety of genres, but mostly romance. She enjoys writing real-life stories that people can relate to with real-life problems, emotions, and solutions.

Her favorites: Classic cars, photography, Disney, music, coffee, and her favorite sweatshirt that says, You are dangerously close to getting killed in my next novel.

Visit Stacy’s website for more information on her and her books. https://www.stacyeaton.com


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