U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan is not interested in restoring her relationship with her father, a law enforcement officer himself yet also a man who abandoned her as a young girl. But when he asks to meet her and seems suspiciously emotional, Mercy begins to wonder what her father has been involved in lately. She is not thrilled to learn that there may be a tie between her father and some very dangerous gang members, gang members who have suddenly become bolder as they have worked behind the scenes in St. Louis. Recovering from an injury, she is excited when her boss asks her to undertake a special assignment—that is, until she is paired with her ex-boyfriend U.S. Marshal Mark St. Laurent. Mercy is worried that her boss and Mark are keeping something from her, especially when an ice storm strands them at a remote location with the gang hot on their heels. She and Mark must put the past behind them and work to discover who they can trust before it is too late.
I enjoyed the Finding Sanctuary Series I recently read by Nancy Mehl and therefore was excited to start this new series. I appreciated her nod to law enforcement, a sensitive subject in this current age, and overall enjoyed the novel. I did think the beginning was a little slow, especially since there were too many points of view and a lot of characters to keep straight. I was disappointed that she gave us too much information from the villain’s perspective, which detracted a bit from the suspense. There was still a surprise further along, but it was a little predictable at that point. As I continued to read, however, the action built in a satisfying manner. I can’t say that I loved Mercy’s character; on one hand, I understood her strong need to be an independent woman, but her absolute stubborn desire to prove herself grew a little tiresome to me. Parts were rather unrealistic and the ending was rather abrupt, but nonetheless I look forward to reading more about the characters in the second novel. I recommend this novel to those who like contemporary suspense.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.