Friday, November 18, 2022

NIGHT WATCH (#5) and NIGHT PREY (#6) by Susan Sleeman, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Please don't let him find me. Please. Please. Please."
Jumping off a houseboat into cold, murky water wasn't what underwater crime scene investigator Kennedy Walker had in mind for evening entertainment, but when a burly intruder with a hand gun is involved, it was her one and only option. And then . . . an unexpected hero arrives on the scene . . . the one man she had been forced to walk away from. . . Erik Byrd.

"Erik was a glutton for punishment. Otherwise why would he be in his truck headed to Kennedy's floating home? So she could rip his heart out again?"

It was a good thing that Erik had followed his instincts, for it only took one look at Kennedy's open door and discarded personal items to put him on high alert. After pulling Kennedy from the water, the two try to determine what just happened and how to move forward safely; something about the recent death of Kennedy's mother isn't adding up, and now it's obvious that Kennedy needs protection until they can figure it all out. Erik just hopes and prays that offering the services of Nighthawk Security won't destroy all his hard work trying to forget the one woman who stole his heart and never returned it.

An ingenious story! The ebbs and flows are full of intriguing and unexpected details, as one might expect from a seasoned writer with an amazing stockpile of characters at her disposal. It's impossible not to cheer on the "baby brother" of the Byrd family, Erik deserves to find his happily-ever-after for the second time . . . if he can keep Kennedy safe in the process. . . and convince her to stay.
* I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
Everything points to suicide or accidental death…

Underwater crime scene investigator, Kennedy Walker is shocked when her mother dies and the police rule her death a suicide or an accidental overdose. Her scientist-mother was on the verge of a scientific breakthrough, and Kennedy knows her mother would never end her life, but the detective won’t listen. Kennedy moves back to her home town and commits to finding her mother's killer and finishing her work.

And she must prove them wrong.
Kennedy digs deeper, garnering the killer’s focus, and he puts her in his cross-hairs. She can’t give up on such an important project, so she swallows down her unease over the tumultuous breakup with Erik Byrd in college and hires Nighthawk Security, not only to protect her, but to help find her mother’s killer. It takes only one look for both of them to know their feelings for each other haven't gone away. With so many people counting on her to complete the project, giving in to old feelings is a distraction neither she or Erik can afford, and they both need to keep watch. Especially in the darkest hours of the night, when the killer comes out to play.


"It's about your parents. Their car crash wasn't an accident."

Tragically, before she could get details, the man was dead, and Malone Rice was discovered holding the murder weapon and handcuffed as a suspect . . . by none other than Ian Blair, her high school crush . . . now a Portland police detective with a boat load of suspicion in his eyes.

In spite of Malone's explanation being slightly outlandish, Ian wanted to believe that the girl he once knew was incapable of killing a former classmate in cold blood at a class reunion. Shoving aside his personal feelings, Ian knew that working the facts was the fastest way to exonerate Malone from criminal charges, but apparently she had friends in high places, for no charges were ever made. Maybe they could work together then to unpack the details, or was Ian suffering from a case of wishful thinking?

Finally! Malone gets her own share of the spotlight, for she has been such a valuable supporting cast member through-out the Nighthawk Security series. Ian and Malone both carry doubts about their ability to form lasting relationships and rightfully so, who would have thought that it would take a life and death scenario to make them realize that as believers, their old life was past and the one they now lived could be brand new. The glory of faith!

An interesting story with a remarkable beginning and ending!
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provie a positive review. 3.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
She lived for upholding the law…
Defense attorney, Malone Rice, doesn’t want to go to her fifteen year class reunion. Attending means running into her former high school flame, now Portland police detective, Ian Blair. But when the committee decides to honor her for her pro-bono work with homeless teens, she knows it would be churlish not to attend. She will have to go and make the best of it.

But now the law won’t save her.
As expected, Ian attends the reunion, but what Malone doesn’t expect—could never expect—is that Ian would find her standing over their classmate’s dead body. Or that she would still have feelings for the once bad-boy of their high school. Ian’s struggling too, between arresting Malone for murder and his age-old attraction to her. He walks a tightrope, until evidence surfaces that the real killer’s still out there, and Malone becomes his prey. Can Ian overcome his feelings to focus and uncover the truth before the killer strikes again and Malone ends up dead?

ALL OF THE NIGHTHAWK SECURITY SERIES and many more of Susan's books are available from Amazon in digital ebook, paperback, and audiobook. To buy any of these books or learn more... Visit SUSAN SLEEMAN'S AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE for more information!



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