Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Take Me Back - Rosalind James - Review

Take Me Back

by Rosalind James

Paradise, Idaho

Book #4

Romantic Suspense / Thriller

Hallie Cavanaugh’s late father just left her millions of reasons to stay away from Jim Lawson, deputy sheriff of Paradise, Idaho, and the man who broke her heart fourteen years ago. Hallie has worked hard for independence, but she can’t dismiss a massive inheritance, even if she has to follow her father’s manipulative terms to get it. How hard can it be to spend six months back in Paradise—and not sleep with her old flame? Former Army Ranger Jim just wants to do his job, raise his daughter . . . and resist the gorgeous, redheaded reminder of his bad-boy past. Their one unforgettably hot night together had major consequences, and now there’s a fortune and a family legacy at stake. But when Hallie is threatened amid a storm of uncovered secrets and conflicted loyalties, protecting her becomes more than a duty: it’s a deeply personal fight Jim’s heart won’t let him lose. 

4 stars 

Take Me Back is the fourth title in the Paradise, Idaho series but can easily be read as a standalone. A tale full of intrigue, mystery, danger, suspense and heat that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Ms James does a fabulous job of keeping you guessing until the very end, and hiding the identity of the person responsible for various acts of violence.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and liked the characters of Hallie and Jim, both complex and endearing. The side characters were quite entertaining and kept me quite enthralled with this story line. At times the pace was on the slower side, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the evolving plot. Hallie and Jim's relationship is a slow burn, and I enjoyed the slow build up of sexual tension and the chemistry and sparks that fly between this pair.

I look forward to seeing what Ms James has in store for us in the future.

Carry Me Home

Paradise, Idaho, Book #1

Hold Me Close

Paradise, Idaho, Book #2

Turn Me Loose

Paradise, Idaho, Book #3

Rosalind James, a publishing-industry veteran and former marketing executive, is the author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels published both independently and through Montlake Romance. She started writing down one of the stories in her head on a whim four years ago while living in Auckland, New Zealand. Within six weeks, she’d finished the book, thrown a lifetime of caution to the wind, and quit her day job. She and her husband live in Berkeley, California, with a Labrador retriever named Charlie.