Natasha Whitaker is a real life private investigator. In small town Stirling Falls, the most interesting cases she manages to get her hands on nowadays are the typical cheating spouse cases. But, her P.I. skills are about to be put to the test as dead women start showing up in Stirling Falls. However, these cases look all too familiar to the long-time residents of this small, sleepy town. They’re all strikingly similar to the murder of a hometown woman years ago. How much of a coincidence could it be that her husband, who was suspected, but never convicted, is back in town to sell the home they once shared?
Tash, as she is referred to by those who know her well, is on the case. She was hired by her best friend’s beau, Adam (and brother to the hometown dead woman) to be sure that this time his ex-brother-in-law doesn’t walk free from a murder. The thing is there is no way Tash could have counted on Devin Archer being so hot. Who said murderers couldn’t be unbelievably sexy? The questions Tash has to answer are, is Devin the murderer that everyone thinks he is, or a man who truly doesn’t know how his wife ended up dead?
Asha King is heavy on the mystery with more than a fair share of erotica, BDSM, and some good old whodunit thrown in for good measure. She pulls back the red curtain on sleepy town Stirling Falls’ not so hidden guilty pleasure for those who are in the know and have the funds to pay for membership: a BDSM sex club on the edge of town. It’s here where Tash tails Devin, who apparently visits often, and ultimately manages to get herself into a few sticky situations that involve the club, voyeurism, submission, and spanking. But can Tash entangle herself from Devin’s sexy arms long enough to prove he isn’t the killer the town thinks he is?
Asha King is a new-to-me author. Initially, I kept wondering where the erotica or romance would factor into the storyline because there seemed to be a lot of suspense and mystery. But, don’t fret my friends because Ms. King wove it into the story so smoothly that I had to giggle at how cleverly the romance and erotica were folded into the overall mystery theme. Tash is a gutsy heroine never showing too much fear and most of the times ready with her pistol in her purse. Devin, on the other hand, is a broody, 100% male hero that seemed to both pull at your heart strings and make you shake your head at why he didn’t fight back harder against all the small-town tongue waggers who claimed he murdered his wife. Ultimately, this is one that is full of surprises but is a definite page turner for you to keep.
-Reviewed by Jaye
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