In Myers’ (Rael, 2016, etc.) romance, the first of a planned trilogy, a newly divorced socialite can’t wait to start over and live according to her own rules—but then a killer tries to take it all away.
Vicki grew up in a wealthy family and married into another; as a result, she’s grown to feel that all of her decisions in her life have been made for her. After she catches her husband in bed with another woman, she files for divorce. Now settled in a new apartment, Vicki decides it’s time to find work. Despite the novel’s attempts to showcase Vicki as independent, she winds up in a position with the landscaping company that her family owns. But on the day of the interview, a run-in with an old high school crush sends her revamped world spiraling into unknown territory. This meeting is one of many occurrences in the story that are a little too serendipitous and predictable, and the same could be said of John Lawrence himself, who is, of course, tall, dark, and handsome. He’s also a former Marine with an honorable discharge after being injured in combat; it soon becomes clear he doesn’t feel like he’s good enough to have a relationship with Vicki because he’s an amputee. It takes a series of escalating crimes against the young woman by an unknown assailant, from a tire-slashing to outright physical assault, for John’s protective instincts to kick in. But can he save doe-eyed Vicki from the mystery person hell-bent on doing her harm? Myers’ romance is fast-paced and entertaining even if the main character has rather delicate sensibilities at times. Thankfully, Vicki’s grandmother Joonie, who’s smart, funny, and confident, is more engaging; the only time readers really see Vicki let loose is when she and Joonie get tipsy at a senior-citizen costume party. The night ends with Vicki pouring a drink on her grandma and getting smacked with a wig in return. Let’s hope in the planned sequel that Vicki inherits more of Joonie’s personality.
An often entertaining, if predictable, tale featuring mainstays of Southern romances—war veterans, delicate blondes, and the drama of wealthy elites.