Redheads like Maggie O’Connell are nothing but trouble. But Trace Rawlins, a former army ranger turned private investigator, takes the case anyway. After all, he knows a thing or two about women.
Trace can sense that something is wrong–Maggie isn’t telling him everything. If these menacing calls and messages are real, why won’t the police help her? And if they “aren’t” real, what is she hiding?
As Trace digs deeper to find the source of Maggie’s threats, he discovers a secret that no one was meant to uncover. And the only puzzle left to be solved is whether the danger comes from an unknown stalker…or from the woman he’s trying his hardest not to fall for.
In the fourth The Raines of Wind Canyon book, photographer Maggie O’Connell has a stalker, but the cops refuse to help her. So she hires a private investigator.
PI and owner of Atlas Security, Trace Rawlins has a penchant for redheads, and Maggie is as red as they come. He finds it hard to trust her, though, after she lies to him and omits certain truths that hinder the investigation.
I really liked Trace. After what he went through with his ex-wife, I totally understand his trust issues and the way he feels stuck when his ex keeps hounding him. He’s calm and protective, but Maggie brings out his temper in ways he can scarcely comprehend.
I liked Maggie at first. She’s tough and independent, and the sudden appearance of her half-sister gives her someone to care about. She’s not in touch with her emotions, and she always runs when things get too personal. After a while, her refusal to give Trace a real chance really started to bother me. They had great sex, but they refused to talk about what they wanted or their future together. They’re both at fault for that, but she didn’t care when she made him angry or when she hurt him. She would laugh and use sex to calm him down while Trace was dying on the inside.
The mystery around the stalker and the arsonist were very interesting. I had no idea who was doing it, and I loved all the clues and possible ideas the characters were coming up with.
The side characters were great—Annie, Ben, Jake, Rex, Alex, etc. I’ve only read a few books in this series and I read them out of order. I read book 8 first, Ben’s story, so it was fun to see him still in his playboy glory.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and the characters.