In this third book to the series Ellery and Agent Reed are on a more personal investigation. Reed was just a baby when his biological mother was murdered. Now Reed and Ellery are in Las Vegas looking for answers to who killed her. Family secrets start to come out and we see more into Reed’s family as Ellery supports him.
The heart of the series here for me is Ellery and Reed and their growing relationship. I love the strong bond they have between them both as partners working together to solve a crime and their friendship and with their growing feelings for each other. Joanna Schaffhausen sensitively explores Ellery’s traumatic past and how that affects her relationship with Reed. Now Ellery needs no hero as she is her own but Reed fits the title with his caring ways. There is some exciting tension here and their chemistry is sweet with some heat. They go together like sweet chocolate and chilli peppers.
I didn’t find the mystery here in the story all that compelling but that final twist was so dang good!! The ending wrapped up so well!! I highly recommend this series.
From my review for the first book to the series The Vanishing Season
Joanna Schaffhausen does a good job creating a strong and interesting yet flawed character here with Ellery and I liked her right from the start. I was intrigued by her tragic past and how her past tied to her present life.
The suspense builds as clues and hidden secrets are revealed and the tension rises between Ellery and Reed leaving us questioning who to trust and not to trust. Joanna Schaffhausen weaved the past with the present well for a satisfying ending.
From my review for the second book No Mercy
I loved the dynamics even more here between Ellery and Reed. I can’t believe I am going to say this but the romantic tension between them had me turning those pages as fast as I could to see more of that dynamics. They grow closer here in this one and become a little reckless in their own investigation that created even more tension and I couldn’t help but cheer them on.
I received copies from the publisher