She may not be who she thinks she is…
Following her parents’ deaths, Elle Devereaux’s world crumbles. With their company bankrupt and under Federal investigation, Elle is forced to pack up a few personal mementos from her happy childhood home and discovers something that triggers a disturbing memory. Research leads her to a Facebook plea from a woman looking for her long ago abducted sister, and Elle’s door to the past cracks open. She needs answers, but will the strong, serious and far too sexy PI who takes her case lead her to her sister or to heartbreak?
Police detective turned private investigator Gabe Sandoval is skeptical when a woman claiming to possibly be his partner’s abducted sister arrives at their firm. He’s protective of his partner, who’s about to be married, and has run interference with imposters too many times to count. His years as a big city cop bathed him in cynicism, but Elle is filled with a light that he lost long ago. As they search for answers, Gabe worries he may lose more than he finds. And the case takes a dangerous turn.
Can they find the answers before the past steals their happily ever after?
Drama, deceit, and a heartfelt family reunion fuel the touching second Cape Cod Shore romance from James (after Caught in the Current). Shortly after Elle Devereaux's wealthy parents die in a suspected joint suicide, Elle discovers a stuffed animal in their attic that triggers long repressed memories, leading her to believe that she was kidnapped as a child and raised by her abductors. Internet research leads Elle to Boston PI Alex MacIntyre, who's placed an ad looking for her long-missing sister. Elle travels to Boston for answers, but before she can meet Alex and determine whether they're related, she must be vetted by Alex's business partner and best friend, Gabe Sandoval. As a former Baltimore police detective, Gabe's cynical by nature, but he's smitten by Elle. Elle is equally attracted to Gabe, believing that under his rigid exterior lies a good and kind man. James leaves several questions unanswered in her tumultuous, convoluted plot, but Elle and Gabe's devotion to one another is palpable, and Elle's eventual reunion with her true family adds depth and heart. The romance overpowers the mystery, but it's passionate enough that many readers won't mind.