Love is a dangerous choice.
Murder is the last thing homicide Detective Nick Sheridan wants to deal with when he retreats to the small, coastal town of Freedom, Texas. His last case–possibly his last ever–was the most horrific he’d ever seen. No, he wants to drink, forget, and find a warm, willing woman.
The Last Shot Bar & Grill seems like the perfect place to do that.
Della Rose, single mother and waitress at the Last Shot, is anything but warm and willing. Della has baggage; she pegs Nick as a cop the moment she sees him, and no matter how hot he is, she’s not interested. When her boss, Charlie Banks, is murdered and the local police chief writes it down as a robbery gone bad, Della is forced to turn to Nick for help.
Soon, Nick is unwillingly drawn in to the mystery of why Charlie was murdered and what the gunmen wanted. As Nick and Della enter a red-hot affair, Nick falls hard for Della, but Della has no intention of a serious relationship.
Della and her family are in danger. Nick’s instincts are to protect and serve, but Della’s are to push away anyone who might hurt her. Even him.
Can they catch a murderer and solve the mystery without Della’s life being torn apart once again? And can they put aside their past long enough to trust their love?
Read on for my thoughts on Last Shot. No true spoilers, promise.
There are novels that simply have to be read to get the full impact from them. When I say that in a review it is not me being coy as a reviewer or as some odd marketing ploy to get you to purchase the novel. My interest is not whether you buy a novel or borrow it from the library – how you read is your business. What you read matters to me as a reviewer. This is one of those novels that for me to try to put into my own words why you should read it is very difficult to do. Why? Because this is a story you really need to experience.
Della’s past, hell, most of her life has been beyond horrendous. To say that she has been abused is a vast understatement. She had a hard shell around her now, which is completely understandable. The bright spots in her life are her daughter, Allie and her best friend, Mary Lou – and Charlie, the grumpy, old man who is her friend, her boss and owns the bar where she works. Life plods on as it does every day with very little difference – until the day that everything changed, forever.
Nick is a burned out as a murder detective can possibly get. He had thought he had seen the worst that humans could do to each other, but this last case had proved him wrong. There was much worse. At this point, he didn’t know if he could go back to what had been his life’s work. He needed space, time, an endless supply of liquor and a woman to help him forget wouldn’t be turned down.
Well, he got the liquor part when he pulled into Freedom, Texas – the rest, well that is more complicated. Della and Nick are two wounded souls about to be launched into danger, hot and steamy sex and perhaps a love that can redeem them both – but none of that is going to be easy.
Last Shot is an emotional roller-coaster that I can only strongly recommend that you pick up, find some time to get lost in Della and Nick’s story and experience for yourself.
*I received an e-ARC of Last Shot from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
**Any review is just one person’s opinion. You might feel the same or totally different. The only way to know for certain is for you to read it. This was my opinion of this particular book.**
Last Shot is available in paperback and for the Kindle