My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Dallas police detective Remy LeBeau is a man with a dangerous past. Hand-picked by his boss to investigate the death of a young red-headed cowgirl, he knows he needs to maintain a low profile to keep that past from catching up with him. When the medical examiner ties this girl’s murder to the infamous Rodeo Sweethearts killer, LeBeau must tread carefully as he opens cold case files to find the murderer. The deeper he delves into the case the more exposed he and his only witness become – a witness that bears an unmistakable resemblance to the murdered women.
Cody Lewis is a rising star in the world of professional barrel racing. She only needs a few more wins to secure a position at the National Finals Rodeo. When she finds the murdered girl in her horse trailer, she is all too aware of her own ties to the killer that terrorized the Dallas rodeo circuit five years before. Determined to hold on to her dream, she isn’t going to let fear or the gorgeous Cajun detective interfere.
This first offering by Crimson Romance debut author, Winter Austin, has all the elements of a great high stakes romantic suspense. Both main characters are fighting their own demons and an irresistible attraction to each other while trying to stay alive. The heroine is a strong female who stands on her own two feet. I love strong female leads. The age of the little woman waiting for the big, strong hero to ride in and rescue her is over. Cody Lewis is one tough lady. Remy LeBeau is a smokin’ mix of tough cop and sexy Cajun. He makes my toes tingle when he talks. I love his knight-in-shining-armor tendencies tempered by respect for the strength of the woman he wants to protect.
I was unable to put this book down and when I was forced to, the characters stayed in my head urging me to drop everything and curl back up to finish their story. They have stayed with me ever since I did. Thankfully, Relentless is Book I in the Degrees of Darkness Series. Book II, Retribution, is due out June 10, 2013. I am counting the days!