Author: Nora Roberts
Narrator: January LaVoy
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: Audiobook ARC
Date of Publication: May 25, 2021
No. of Pages: 434
My rating: 4 Stars
The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a new novel of a mother and a daughter, of ambition and romance, and of a traumatic past reawakened by a terrifying threat…
Adrian Rizzo was seven when she met her father for the first time. That was the day he nearly killed her—before her mother, Lina, stepped in.
Soon after, Adrian was dropped off at her grandparents’ house in Maryland, where she spent a long summer drinking lemonade, playing with dogs, making a new best friend—and developing the stirrings of a crush on her friend’s ten-year-old brother. Lina, meanwhile, traveled the country promoting her fitness brand and turning it into a billion-dollar business. There was no point in dwelling on the past.
A decade later, Adrian has created her own line of yoga and workout videos, following in Lina’s footsteps but intent on maintaining creative control. And she’s just as cool-headed and ambitious as her mother. They aren’t close, but they’re cordial—as long as neither crosses the other.
But while Lina dismisses the death threats that Adrian starts getting as a routine part of her daughter’s growing celebrity, Adrian can’t help but find the vicious rhymes unsettling. Year after year, they keep arriving—the postmarks changing, but the menacing tone the same. They continue after she returns to Maryland and becomes reacquainted with Raylan, her childhood crush, all grown up and as gorgeously green-eyed as ever. Sometimes it even seems like the terrifying messages are indeed routine, like nothing will come of them. Until the murders start, and the escalation begins…
Adrian Rizzo's father was in a fit of rage and he nearly killed her. Only seven at the time, she was so excited to meet him. Well, she did meet him, but it nearly cost her life. Fortunately, her mother stepped in. Adrian then spent that summer in Maryland with her grandparents, and she had a wonderful time. Her mother Lina traveled all over the world, growing her fitness brand.
The apple did not fall far from the tree, because ten years later, Adrian developed her own line of products in the world of fitness. Life has it's challenges for Adrian, however, as she is soon frightened by a series of threatening texts. Is it because she has become a celebrity in the world of fitness, or could it be something else entirely? Meanwhile, Adrian's grandmother passes away and Adrian returns to Maryaland, and she runs into Raylan, a man a few years older than her and someone she had a crush on when she visited that long-ago summer.
Does Adrian's past or her present success in her field have anything to do with the threats she is getting? Furthermore, Raylan has his own drama. They are kindred spirits and the story shifts to an engaging romantic suspense, with all the elements.
Many thanks to St. Martin's Press and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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