Aiden Connelly is just settling in to life in Avalon following the shocking revelations of his first case. But it seems he can’t escape the ghosts of his past. His new case involves the Sheriff’s millionaire brother, Samuel Fern, and the paternity of one of his sons.
When the truth threatens to tear about not just one family but two Aiden must ask himself how far he is willing to go to protect the people he loves.
The second in the Avalon series is a continuation of Aiden’s story. To give his young daughter a better quality of life, he leaves Chicago and takes his family to start a new life in Avalon. I haven’t read the first book in the series but the storyline and relationships were easy to follow, but you would understand the underlying emotion in this story better if you read ‘First to Fall’ #1 Avalon.
Aiden’s first case made him powerful local enemies and integration into the close knit community proves problematic for Isla, Aiden’s wife. Making excuses for his own shortcomings, Aiden magnifies Isla’s selfishness and shallowness. He ignores her loneliness because his mind is elsewhere with Brandy the woman he saved from a murder conviction. Aiden falls from his knight in shining armour pedestal in both his private and work life. These human frailties make him an interesting but not always likeable character.
There is an undercurrent of suspense and menace in this story but maybe not enough to make it page turning. There are some interesting flashbacks scenes that illuminate Aiden’s actions well and enough unanswered questions to make me want to see what happens next.
I received a copy of this book from Carina UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Second to Cry by Carys Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Jane Hunt Writer First Steps
Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Facebook
Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Google+
View all my reviews
As promised here is a snippet from The Dangerous Gift my second book and current work in progress. I posted the idea behind the story in my Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop post yesterday. If you missed it here it is…
‘Jennie Taylor receives an unexpected gift; a Texan ranch!
After the sudden death of his father Jared Stewart is forced to come to terms with sharing control of his family ranch. Reunited with her first love Jennie’s heart still belongs to Jared. She is determined to prove her commitment to him and the ranch by discovering who is behind the series of dangerous accidents that threaten the ranch’s viability.
Finally acknowledging his love for Jennie can Jared’s protectiveness keep her safe? Or will her recklessness lead her into irrevocable peril ending their chance of love forever?’
© Jane Hunt July 2 2013
Here’s a snippet from the first chapter. 🙂
‘ “Hello.” Jennie pressed the accept button on her phone without checking the caller ID.
The familiar voice caused butterflies in her stomach.“Yes. Jared? What’s wrong?”She dropped gratefully into a comfy sofa, one of several which lined the faculty building walls.
Jared Stewart perched his body on the edge of his desk. He’d put this conversation off for hours. “It’s Annie and Ralf…”
Jennie’s face chilled as shock forced the blood from peripheral vessels to her vital organs.“Are they okay?” She gripped the cushioned arm of the sofa as her sight blurred.’
© Jane Hunt 3 August 2013
I’ll post another snippet next week.
If you want to find out more about the ideas and inspiration for this book visit my Pinterest board The Dangerous Gift . I also have boards for The Dragon Legacy, The Dragon Legacy Fleur and The Sentinel.