When Beverly Laborde becomes a con artist to exact revenge on the man who shut down her grandmother's antiques business and sent her to an early grave, she comes face to face with the handsome but haunted Vermont police detective, Adam Dutton—who doesn’t know whether to arrest her or ask her out on a date.
What started as a personal vendetta for Beverly against whose a man whose criminal tendrils reach far into Vermont politics and the Northeastern Antiquities League grows into something more. The quirky town of Ironwood Junction, a sympathetic local antiques dealer, and the mysterious "Mr.X" start to chip away at Beverly's hardened outer emotional shell.
But can she push past her issues with trust and betrayal to settle down? And will her quest for vengeance ever truly be over? As Beverly and Adam come to terms with their inconvenient growing attraction toward each other, they have to dodge bribery, theft, extortion, and murder ... to settle old scores and to keep each other safe.
STEAL AWAY: A con woman hoping to take revenge on the man she feels responsible for her grandmother's death has to fight her growing attraction for a handsome Vermont police detective and the efforts of her nemesis to silence her ... forever. But if she can allow herself to trust her instincts—and the detective—she might just have a fighting chance.
HIDE AWAY: Vermont Detective Adam Dutton has to make one of the hardest arrests of his life—his good friend and godfather, Harlan Wilford, who stands accused of murder. Once again teaming up with con woman Beverly Laborde, Adam and Beverly must find the real killer before it's too late for Harlan...and for them.
BURN AWAY: When a series of arsons targets Vermont antiques stores, Detective Adam Dutton and con-woman Beverly Laborde worry a shop owned by their friend might be next. But the stakes take an even deeper and uglier turn after a body is found inside one of the burned buildings. Was it an accident, suicide ... or murder?
Great characters, complex plots. I just devoured these books!
I was a little unsure if I would be able to connect with a con-woman out for revenge but I needn’t have been. Beverly is a wonderful character and we can sympathize with her anger when we learn the reasons that drive her. She turns out to be the perfect foil for by-the-book cop Adam. Their different strengths combine to make them a very effective, and highly entertaining, crime-fighting team. It’s also entertaining to watch the two fight their mutual attraction for each other. There is a slew of colourful secondary characters from the kindly antiques dealer, to the mysterious Mr. X, to the cold, evil members of a crime syndicate.
Each of the three books has a mystery that is solved by the end of that book. However, each book leads into the next as they all have to do with this shadowy group of well-connected, rich crooks. Just who is the mastermind at the top though and what is the end goal? There were plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. You’ll need to read all three for all the pieces to fall into place but once you start reading, you won’t want to put the book down.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.