Melanie P. Smith
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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 little bit of everything...
This book is truly... addicting.
When it opens, we meet Rowdy and his brilliant partner and I'm already set on edge wondering if they're both going to get out of the sticking situation that soon arises...
I'm later treated to a great cast of brilliantly designed characters who are all not too far into the process of starting over in a small town, and whose paths cross or are... intermingled is more like it.
It makes you think "everything happens for a reason" as things just ... coincide.
We're also treated to small town life - I absolutely love small towns and the quirky characters that tend to be involved - Mount Haven did not disappoint in this regard.
There is suspense and there is romance - and I do not mean together. The budding romance is in the midst of some intense action. The reader is repeatedly treated to the POV of the deranged antagonists in this fun adventure - making it all the more juicy.
I highly recommend this read - whatever genre you favor as it's got bits of many going on.
Very entertaining and I got sucked in to the point that, I missed it when I had to step away.
A really fun read.
*I did receive an advance copy for free in exchange for my honest review.
Good Police Story...
I like a good police story. I've read most of Joseph Wambaugh's books and enjoy them very much, especially his earlier works. You can tell immediately he is very knowledgeable of the inner workings of police work, and it reflects in his writing.
Recently I read Mount Haven by Melanie P Smith. The cover didn't shout police story but I was intrigued by a small icon of handcuffs in the title. What a pleasant surprise this book was. Mount Haven is a police story, a good police story, told by an author who obviously knows the subject matter.
The book starts in high gear and doesn't let up anytime soon. I was immediately drawn into the story line and was kept wondering what was going to happen next. I felt like I was right there with the characters. A very good read. Hope to see more like this one from this author.