Sunday, June 23, 2019

Naughty Stranger by Stacey Kennedy - ARC Review

From USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy comes a thrilling, sexy romance about a woman in danger and a small-town police detective who will do anything to keep her safe.

After a sudden tragedy blew her world apart, Peyton Kerr fled her big city career and started over in Stoney Creek, Maine. So far, she’s loving small-town life–no one knows about her past, and her easy flirtation with Boone Knight gives her a reason to smile. But then someone is murdered in Peyton’s store, and her quiet, anonymous existence is instantly destroyed. To make matters worse, Boone–a police detective–is assigned to the case, and Peyton knows she can’t keep him at arm’s length any longer. She’s resisted the simmering heat between them–but now this gorgeous man is promising to keep her safe–and satisfied…

Boone Knight doesn’t want the complications of a relationship. But when he volunteers to protect his town’s newest–and sexiest–resident, he finally admits he’d like to explore their sizzling attraction. And after one incredible night, everything changes for Boone. Peyton is sweeter–and braver–than anyone he’s ever met, and with her in his arms, everything makes sense. He just needs to convince her to trust him enough to reveal her secrets, or risk losing her to a merciless killer who seems to grow bolder with each passing day.

I loved a lot about this story.  The instant attraction, the mutual respect, the fact that there was a connection between Peyton and Boone that you could really feel and relate to.  Both of them have been burned by things that happened in the past, and it made them reluctant to commit to a serious relationship...but willing to engage in a short term fling that didn't mean anything and wasn't leading to a relationship.

At least this is what they told themselves.  But it definitely isn't what ended up happening.  And, watching them sort it out, and realize that there was so much more than a one night stand was enjoyable...and hot.

There's a murder in her new shop subplot. While I figured out who was guilty almost immediately, the point of the plot wasn't who was guilty but the depth added to the story but the danger she is in. It was the catalyst for the realization that there was a lot more between them than a casual relationship that wasn't going anywhere.

I really enjoyed this title, and I am looking forward to the next one in the series.

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