Series: Harden #3
Author: Lynn Stookes
Genre: Adult, Suspense Romance
Published: March 24, 2017
|Harper Andrews hasn’t had it easy; abandoned by her mother, dated a scheming boyfriend, and fought for her father’s life against cancer. But she’s always prevailed, until now when her world seems to be falling apart.
Tristan Page never loses control; not at the death and reemergence of his sister’s cheating husband, the attack on her life, or even when his company seems to be failing. He’s always in command of his actions until one woman threatens to make his world spiral.
Tristan plays on Harper’s last nerve.
Harper tries Tristan’s patience and self-control.
Forced together, in a search for her mother, they battle their attraction for one another. Harper wants him. Tristan wants what he can’t have.
Can they defy temptation or will their explosive chemistry set them on a path for self-destruction?
This is the little series that could. It gets better and better with each book! Defiant Temptation is my favorite of the series yet.
This poor group of Harden residents has some really rotten luck. This time we get Tristan and Harper’s story (finally!). Tristan has shown interest in Harper since book one, but he has never acted on it. In fact, through the first two books, Harper and Tristan have run hot and cold with a lot of arguing. From the start of Defiant Temptation, we get more of the same and so much more. These two are like a bomb ticking away until the ultimate messy explosion of feelings. And it was messy.
Here is the thing about this series and this book in particular, while the relationship/romance is certainly the spotlight, the mystery runs a close second. We don’t have to wait until the end for feelings to be declared, but we do have to wait to see if everything will work out. These books feature feelings and relationships, but give you the added bonus of some pretty crazy and mysterious danger.
Lynn Stookes knocks it out of the park with this third book in the Harden Series! Danger, intrigue, a crazy mystery, lots of feels and an intense relationship come together for an engrossing read you won’t be able to put down!
A second chance romance, stalkers and danger, oh my! You get all that and more in this first novel in the Harden Mysteries series from Lynn Stookes.
Kylie lost her husband and unborn child in a mugging that got out of control. Now, she’s back in her hometown of Harden, Texas, living with her older brother and she is face-to-face with her old friend and crush, Blake. Not to mention, there is a stalker/killer after her and everyone she loves is in danger.
I gave this 3.5 stars for a couple of reason. One, this was Stookes first book. While the plot was great, there was just too much going on all at once. I had a hard time deciding if the second chance romance should have been spotlighted or if the mystery/suspense portion of the book was front and center. Unfortunately, I felt the romance took a back seat to the mystery. My other criticism was (and you might think I’ve lost it) the detail… there was almost too much in the way of mundane details that didn’t particularly add to the story. However, despite that, this book was good. I thought the plot was clever and it really sucked me in. I liked every characters. Seriously, all of them… well, maybe not the bad guys, but you get what I mean.
A great freshman effort and a nice start to what I think will be a great series!
This second book in the Harden Mysteries series brings us Dani and Sawyer’s story and it is pretty amazing!
Dani and Sawyer have a love-hate relationship. Sawyer, a playboy, wants Dani. Dani wants nothing to do with Sawyer and his playboy ways. One night, during a particularly tense situation, things get hot and heavy, but the next morning, it’s back to fighting for these two.
We get another Harden mystery. This time, Dani is the one in trouble and Sawyer is determined to keep her safe. I really enjoyed this one. The sparks fly between Sawyer and Dani. The great cast of characters is back and we get introduced to even more. They mystery is a doozy and there is even a return that I never saw coming! Stookes’s writing has improved since book one and I look forward to more!
Danger, intrigue, cute as a button kids, old friends and an amazing romance make Ultimate Deception a great read!
Lynn Stookes was born and raised in the amazing state of Texas, where she currently resides with her husband of five years. They have one rambunctious four year old son and three furry children, who create the chaos she couldn’t live without.
One day, Lynn took her passion (maybe obsession is more apt) for romance books and mystery shows and wrote her first romantic suspense novel, Fatal Obsession, Book 1 in the Harden Series.
When Lynn isn’t writing or working her day job, you can find her reading on her Kindle, spending time with her family and friends, or playing on Facebook. She loves running, coffee, and country music in no particular order.