Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★★
Reading Time: 5 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Finding Justice from Rachel Brimble in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
Old friends, new secrets
Sergeant Cat Forrester lives by her own set of rules. When her childhood friend is murdered, Cat’s world is thrown into chaos. Especially because Jay Garrett—a man from her past—is a suspect, and he needs her help to prove he’s innocent. After all, they once shared, how can she say no?
The attraction flares between them, and getting involved with a suspect is a huge risk. But the more time Cat spends with Jay, the stronger the tug on her heart. He is the same caring, irresistible man she remembers. Yet she can’t let her emotions interfere with the case—solving it is top priority. And as she digs deeper, she discovers Jay has secrets that may jeopardize any possible future together.
First Line: “I’m a suspect, Cat.”
I think my eyes are secreting an aphrodisiac juice. Bottle UP this juju potion! Are those heart-shaped clouds in the sky real? Yes. Yes, they are.
Love, avenging, revenging… Finding Justice isn’t the typical Harlequin romance, my friends. I was taken aback by the deliciously damaged characters. An alpha male with a haunted past. A cop whose mother is suffering addiction. These characters are so… dark. So real. So enticing.
We are first introduced to Cat, the cop. She tends to go, well, overboard with her drunk-driver cases. Her father was killed by a drunk driver, and she continually denies that the death of her father has anything to do with her tenacious passion to lock up all the drunks in the world and punish them forever! YaaaOK, sister.
Cat realizes that her co-workers aren’t taking her seriously. To make the situation worse, as Cat discusses the proper punishment for a drunk, she gets a call from the local pub asking her to come pick up her mother because she’s – you guessed it – drunk. Cat is humiliated. Ashamed. When she arrives home with her intoxicated mother, she gets a call from Jay (her one-hit-wonder from way back when and ex-best friend) asking for her help. The only thing Cat wants to do is take care of her mother; not talk to the sultry sultan of sin.
Let me take a minute to fan myself… Ok I’m back. Do I have a fever?
Jay is a MAN. He is also a suspect in a murder case; one that involves Sarah, a friend both he and Cat shared. Jay calls Cat for help; he is desperate and vulnerable. Is this a setup? Is he just trying to cause a scene to bring life back into their short-lived fling from the past? Jay is far too much trouble with his dark history of drug abuse…
Against her better senses, Cat leaves her mother in capable hands (so she thinks) and travels to help an innocent man. He is innocent, right? Oh boy, if Cat had issues getting personally involved in her drunk-driver cases, she’s in quicksand here.
What was she doing? Why was she even thinking about Jay’s looks? He was a murder suspect.
Cat is officially throwing a lusty rodeo for Jay the Suspectin’ Suspect! #BullsHaveCoolNameS
Maybe Jay’s plans to woo her are working after all. Too bad Cat can’t trust the man… but how can she expect Jay to tell her every detail of his life, when she can’t admit to him that her mom is suffering addiction problems similar to what he went through? Too many secrets, girlfriend!
And then the letter comes…. from Sarah… over a week after her death.
“If I’m dead, it’s my lover who killed me. I love you, always, Sarah…”
Staaahp. Did the killer hold ONTO the letter before sending it? What a perv! Sarah talks about drugs, her lover being an addict… wait. Jay was an addict.
“What have you done, Jay?”
I don’t know what Jay has done, but I can tell you what he hasn’t done! Let’s list it off: Jay doesn’t tell the police Sarah called him right before her death, Jay doesn’t tell Cat the truth (like she’d believe him anyways *snort*), and on top of that he is still in love with Cat after all these years.
Cat is convinced that she and Jay can go on with the investigation and say their goodbyes when the killer is caught. Jay is convinced he can make Cat love him again… even though she thinks he’s a killer.
“Say you’ll stay here forever and I’ll let you go.”
Woah now, cowboy. Was that… a threat?
This book. THIS BOOK! Finding Justice will inject you with sweet philter and set your heart on fire! Rachel Brimble created an absolutely intoxicating piece of work. It’s poetic, vivid, and sleep deprivingly good. A perfectly intricate plot slowly unravels to reveal two souls destined to be pulled apart, but they fight to stay together. Two beautifully flawed people are brought together to avenge the death of their friend, yet they only keep secrets from each other. Give me those addictive cyclic iterations of heartache! Tear up my little heart, sew it together, and tear it again!
Here’s to perfectly scripted suspenseful romance novels. May they forever hold a vice around our hearts.
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