This Colton cop falls for a ready-made family 

A serial killer is on the loose, and true-crime filmmaker Esmée da Costa is on the case.

K-9 cop Brayden Colton, the prime suspect’s half brother, works hard to stop her prying, but sparks fly as he falls for Esmée and her son.

When Esmée and Brayden’s little family comes under siege, can they save all they love?

Colton and the Single Mom by Jane Godman is the 4th story in the multi-author series, The Coltons of Red Ridge.  For a complete list of titles, authors and review links please visit the Coltons of Red Ridge page.

Title:  Colton and the Single Mom
Series:  The Coltons of Red Ridge #4
Author:  Jane Godman
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Published:  April 1, 2018
My Rating:  4.5 stars

COLTON AND THE SINGLE MOM is the most intense and suspense-filled story yet in this series – although, I suspect that won’t last as we move ever closer to finding out who the real Groom Killer truly is.

Brayden is the most vocal of the members of the police force to proclaim that his half-sister Demi is not a serial killer, in spite of growing evidence against her.  The last thing he wants to be is saddled with a documentary filmmaker who, no doubt, will blow everything out of proportion and convince the entire world of his sister’s guilt before she is found, arrested and tried – if they don’t catch the real killer first.  So he’s been avoiding the lady, but that won’t work for long since his boss is intent on him doing this interview and the lady herself is quite determined to talk to this wants to remain silent K-9 officer.

Esmée is an intriguing character.  She’s battling her own demons, yet in spite of that, she’s determined to find out what really happened in this small town with what appears to be a serial killer ending the lives of grooms immediately before their wedding can take place.  She’s not convinced that Demi is the Groom Killer and her slant on this documentary will change Brayden’s opinion about her work.  That and the almost instant firey attraction he feels for her.

Although Brayden and Esmée are the love interests in COLTON AND THE SINGLE MOM, I can pretty much guarantee that you’re going to fall in love with little Rhys and one brave, adorable canine police officer by the name of Echo.  These two steal scenes constantly, unashamedly and they will definitely steal your heart.

The action is fast-paced in COLTON AND THE SINGLE MOM and will have you flipping pages quickly (or at least, I did).  There is a very real danger to Esmée and Rhys developing, and watching Brayden deal with that danger is heartstopping and shows this man’s true colors.  I fell in love with this new family unit and hope to catch glimpses of them throughout the rest of this series.

I don’t want to give anything away for you should experience this one firsthand, but I absolutely was glued to the pages, and that’s not something that happens a lot.  But when it does, when finding out what happens next is more important than any of the other things I should be doing, well, that’s when I know I’ve got a winner and a keeper on my hands.  Loved this one, and would recommend it and the entire series to any reader who enjoys a good love story, putting puzzles together, heart-stopping danger and the adorableness of a little boy and one special dog.  Yeah, I had a blast with this story.

*This review originally appeared on a blog of mine that simply no longer exists.*

I own a Kindle edition of this story.

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