A story about how fate will carry us where we need to go whether we are willing passengers or not.
After being jilted not once, but twice by the only woman he’s ever truly loved, Brian McAlister has all but given up on relationships. Then, on special assignment for the DA's office, he steps into the middle of a politically sensitive murder case where he crosses paths with a beautiful ex-socialite-turned-social-worker, Holly Cavanaugh Winter.
Widowed, practically penniless, and reduced to shopping at Walmart, Holly is dreading the approaching holiday season. However, her angst isn't due to her husband's untimely death the previous December 25th, but to a secret that could reveal itself unless she can find a way to avoid the coming Christmas. To make matters worse, she unwittingly stumbles into the throes of Brian’s case and the manhunt for a killer who now has his sights set on her.
His case unraveling, Brian finds himself tasked with keeping Holly and her two daughters safe while bringing an assassin and the powerful man who hired him to justice.
This is not your typical Christmas story. Nor is it your typical romance novel. . At first I felt like I was reading a typical "socialite meets Mayberry" type novel, but this isn't that book either. I enjoy a good romantic suspense, and this was a fun book for me to read. It has a lot of different elements that combine to make a story that kept me reading and neglecting my home for a full day.
Holly Winter, Southern socialite with the "perfect" life, has found herself widowed with two daughters to raise on a hospital social worker's modest income. Moving back to her hometown and living a decidedly middle-class lifestyle is not what she had planned. But, she didn't anticipate getting caught in the middle of a DA investigation or becoming the target of not one, but two men who want her dead.
Brian McAlister likewise finds himself in a situation he dislikes, but he can't say "no" to his mother and so he's filling in at the DA's office while his father deals with the effects of a heart attack. He's decided he'll never fall in love again and he definitely never wants to have a family, but there's no denying the connection he has with Holly. And he can't exactly stay away from her being as it's his fault her life is in danger.
The ups and downs, twists and turns of this story kept me reading even when I really should have taken a break. Both Holly and Brian have backstories that pull at your heartstrings and keep you hoping that they'll get a happily ever after - they deserve it after all they've been through. But, there are so many things working to keep them apart it seems that fate just might have a different plan.
Truly a book I enjoyed reading. While there were times I got frustrated, those twists and turns are what make an exciting book that keeps you reading until all is said and done. I will definitely be looking into the other Magic City books.
FYI ~ minor language, violence
Honest Disclosure ~ I received a review copy