Book Review: River Road by: Jayne Ann Krentz

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: It’s been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she’d been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party—by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Obviously Mason Fletcher—only a few years older but somehow a lot more of a grown-up—was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue.

Now, returning after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason had saved her from a very nasty crime that night—and soon afterward, Tristan, the cold-blooded rich kid who’d targeted her, disappeared mysteriously, his body never found.

A lot has changed in thirteen years. Lucy now works for a private investigation firm as a forensic genealogist, while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother—though he still knows his way around a wrench when he fills in at his uncle’s local hardware store. Even Summer River has changed, from a sleepy farm town into a trendy upscale spot in California’s wine country. But Mason is still a protector at heart, a serious (and seriously attractive) man. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside Sara’s house, and some of Tristan’s old friends start acting suspicious, Mason’s quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he’ll save her again. 

But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue . . .

Review: Lucy Sheridan has returned to Summer River after thirteen years to put her Aunt Sara’s affairs in order after a fatal car crash. She runs into Mason Fletcher, who she hasn’t seen since he embarrassed her at a party the day before was made to leave Summer River by her aunt. All grown up, Lucy is now a forensic genealogist and Mason runs a security firm with his brother. When Lucy and Mason make a grisly discovery in her aunt’s home, Lucy’s determined to find out the truth about what happened thirteen years ago and what is happening now…

RIVER ROAD is a novel set in an idyllic town with some very dirty secrets. At first our main characters, Lucy and Mason seemed awkward (and not just around each other), but as the story progressed they definitely became more human and relatable. The author eases the reader into what happened in the past, the ramifications on present events, and the myriad connections between characters. There is a small cast of shady supporting characters, each with their own agenda and motive (whether hidden or open). We’re given plenty of red herrings and false trails to follow, but the pieces all fall into place in an exciting story climax. Once Lucy and Mason opened up, I enjoyed the brewing romance there. I also thought it was intriguing how their lines of work helped them keep their wits about them, especially in scary and/or dangerous situations. If you’re looking for a hot sexy romance or a complex thriller, then this book isn’t for you. RIVER ROAD is definitely a light romantic suspense story dappled with humor throughout and a sweet happily-ever-after ending.

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