By: Melanie P. Smith
When Rowdy Cooper is injured in the line of duty and forced to take a medical retirement from the police force it sends ripples throughout his entire family. His brother Coop, who works for the same department, is questioning the wisdom of remaining on the force. Coop’s wife, Maggie is having nightmares and is terrified her husband is going to die an early, violent death. Their son, Bryan, is acting out and fears for his father’s safety every time he heads off to work. Rowdy is depressed and struggling to come to grips with the fact he will never be a cop again. The men decided it’s time for a change. They relocate their small family to a ranch they inherited in Mount Haven. Rowdy hopes the change will give him the solitude he needs to work out and regain his strength. His brother Coop hopes it will finally help his family heal.
Bailey is on the run. So far, she’s been able to stay under the radar by working in dives and keeping to herself. The instant she got off the bus in Mount Haven, she fell in love with the tiny town. The people are friendly and the scenery is amazing. Her family would never look for her here. Maybe she can finally stop running and settle down. She is sure that luck is on her side when she lands a waitressing job at the local bar and grill. That luck turns to bad luck when the owner sells the place to a retired, cocky ex-cop. Rowdy makes her nervous. He is too perceptive for Bailey’s liking. There go her dreams to end a life on the run. But when her past catches up to her, the only person that can keep her safe is the sexy ex-cop that has turned her best-laid plans upside down.
A Blend of Suspense, Romance, and Action
- by Tom Benson
The only thing to make retirement worse for a career cop, is to be compelled to retire through injury. In this tale of suspense, romance, action, and death, a remote town becomes the hub of a wide variety of relationships.
The cast of characters includes the injured retiree, his serving brother and family, people hiding from their pasts, psychopaths, and a smattering of others, who all play a part in the interconnecting drama. Let us not forget the retired cop’s sidekick, Knight, an ex-cop K9.
The various aspects of the tale are cleverly interwoven to maintain a steady pace and hold the reader’s interest. If you like to be taken on a rollercoaster journey with a wide variety of well-developed characters, including the bad guys, then this story is for you.