Book Review: Cross Her Heart by Melinda Leigh
The course of Bree Taggert's life was set the night her father murdered her mother while Bree tried desperately to protect her younger siblings. A Philly homicide detective, she spends her life hunting down men like her father and finding justice for their victims.
Now Bree's sister has been murdered, and she has to go back to the small town where she grew up to take care of her niece and nephew… and find justice for her sister. Her brother in law is missing, accused of the murder, but Bree can't shake the sense that there's more to the crime… particularly since Matt, former K9 handler and best friend of the missing man, is also looking into the case.
Bree and Matt make a fantastic team, and this is an absolutely stellar start to a new series. Bree has her flaws, but she's an incredibly strong character who it's easy to empathize with, and I was delighted to see she got her just rewards at the end of the book in the form of a job offer that suited her talents. A romance with Matt wasn't more than hinted at, but she was in no emotional condition for one and the ending leaves things open for them as a couple.
I honestly can't think of the last time I was so excited to read the second book in a series. This is genuinely excellent and I can't wait to see what's next for Bree, Matt and the found family they're gathering around them. Five stars for a fantastic read!
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.