When Sheriff Rafe Boudreau catches Tessa Maxwell climbing through the window of a house where she doesn’t belong, the crime rate isn’t the only thing that spikes. Turns out, trouble has followed the small-town schoolteacher to Shiloh Springs, and Rafe and the rest of the Boudreau clan must step in to keep her safe. Can they decipher the clues and end the danger Tessa faces before time runs out?
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Rushed to the end
The concept and idea was good but poorly executed.
Characters were 2-dimensional and weak. Their connects were lacklustre making it seem like insta-love instead of a developing relationship like the end suggested. All the characters felt like this too not just the main players. Also there were too many people at play some coming in for a sentence or two and then you never gear about them again (probably because they’re getting their own book but🤷♀️). It just seemed silly to introduce so many people at the same time and then have nothing come from their appearance.
The timeline was also a mess. You could never tell how much time was moving by. The whole story seemed like it happened within a two/three week span when it was more like a month and a half.
Then there’s the grammar… lets just say it could have benefitted from a few editing sweeps because there were misplaced words EVERYWHERE. But there was also the shifting of the 3rd person perspectives. It was mainly Tessa and Rafe but it occasionally shifted to other characters and got a touch confusing.
Overall, It felt empty and like it was missing huge chucks of the plot. It moved too quickly and glossed over major facts like the possible (and completely obvious) murder of Tessa’s parents. Not to mention the mugguffin and bad guy came from absolutely nowhere. There was very little foreshadowing for the Real Villain. There should have been more signs and doubt to make the reader question what was really going on not have it obvious who the bad guy was until the end and then say “nope it was actually thing guy!” With very little preamble. I mean dude was still involved but the other guy became the big bad while who you’re led to believe was the guy became essentially the minion.
Also bad dude’s motives were poorly explained. “He’s insane” or “money hungry” is not a good enough explanation in my book. There had to be a REASON for him to want the money and it should have been touched on weather-or-not his marriage to Tessa’s sister was a premeditated act to getting the money, but none of that was explained again with the glossing over just to rush to have the happily ever after ending for the love birds.