Let the dead stay dead…
Despite a traumatic childhood in Cold Creek, Ohio, the Lockwood sisters have reunited there for the wedding of youngest sister Tess to the town's sheriff. Maid of honor Kate Lockwood is determined to break through best man Grant Mason's defences. An anthropologist, Kate makes her living studying the dead. She is particularly interested in the prehistoric Adena civilization that once called the area home. A large burial mound sits on Mason family land, and Kate wants permission to excavate. But Grant refuses and tells Kate to stay away from the mound.
Kate respects Grant's desire to honor his grandfather's belief that the dead should not be disturbed. However, the more she researches the more it becomes clear that Grant is hiding something. When one of Grant's friends is killed—and the sheriff is away on his honeymoon—the couple joins forces to assist the deputy in the investigation.
When Kate comes under attack she is certain it is connected to the burial mound. Grant seems concerned for Kate's safety, but despite their explosive attraction she can't help but be suspicious of his motives. Can Kate trust the man she's come to love, or will the wrong decision be her final act?
Published October 28th 2014
Current GoodReads Rating: 3.72 Stars
I'm usually caught reading romances, but this was a new title at my library as an audio book so I decided to give it a try. It started off a little slow and with my dirty mind all that mentioning of "getting her hands on his mound" made me smile (I guess that's what I get for reading so many romance books). After overcoming that phrase being the topic of discussion so many times the story started building along with the characters and their connections with one another as well as the twists with characters. The only thing that took it down a star was the delayed delve into the story at first with the wedding that really could have been taken out besides the fact it was her excuse why she had come down into the small town. The relationship between her and Carson was a little messed up for me, with the innuendos and how he carried the inappropriate relationships through his years of students and manipulated young adults. I also was frustrated a little with how much of the story was bickering about the exact same topic about the mound. It seemed like that was half the dialogue and took away from more development that could have happened elsewhere. So many ancient mentions that I got a little lost, but the ending made up for it finally having some tipping point with the suspense and some action on all sides of the story. That poor sheriff that was on his honeymoon is going to have a lot of overtime and cleaning up to do now that he's back home after all that mess. I gave this read 3.5 stars.