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Summary

She lost everything once.... 

Autumn Perez was just 22 when she witnessed a brutal murder and gave up her entire life to put the killer behind bars. A decade later, witness protection has her settled in picturesque Verona Bay, teaching art at the local high school. It’s a quiet life...until she’s caught up in another harrowing event that prompts the U.S. Marshals to try to move her again. But Autumn is done running - she’s built a life, has friends. And now she’s pregnant after an intense one-night stand with her sexy neighbor. 

This time she’s standing her ground.... 

Sheriff Lincoln Jordan has been biding his time with Autumn, his talented, gorgeous neighbor. The attraction between them is undeniable, and after their one incredible night together he wants more - but she’s determined to keep him at arm’s length. When it becomes clear that someone wants her dead, he steps up to protect her. He needs to earn her trust, and fast. Because the threats against her are escalating...and the enemy is closer than they ever imagined.

©2020 Katie Reus (P)2020 Katie Reus

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  • Micahsmimi
  • 15-12-20

Sooo good

This was such a good read! This author is new to me but I am officially a fan. The characters and tone of this book almost reminded me of a mafia story which I love. Of course there was a happy ending. Despite that being predictable the rest was not. Good read

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  • carvanz
  • 15-11-20

Mystery, danger and steamy goodness

Audiobook: Narrators - Heather Costa & Jeffrey Kafer This was an awesome performance by both of these narrators! I already loved this book when I read it, but holy heck! Listening to it was like a whole new story. They each brought so much life and emotion to Autumn and Lincoln. I didn’t want to stop it when life demanded that I turn it off. I’ve always been partial to a romance that involved neighbors. Katie Reus always writes the type of heroes I love so I was especially excited to read this one. Autumn and Lincoln were wonderful together. I loved that they’d each been eyeing each other for a while before their opportunity arose. While Lincoln was plenty alpha, and thoroughly protective, he was sensitive to what Autumn wanted and as a result was gentle while he paced his moves towards her. This is a very fast read and I found it perfect to round out my afternoon. There is a bit of mystery, danger and suspense with a healthy dose of steamy goodness to balance it out. This couple was fire together and I loved every minute of their story!

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  • ~Mindy Lou~
  • 07-11-20

Loved This Couple!

I just love books that are set in a small town setting. The more the characters to get to know and loves always seem to bring me into their lives more. That's one of the perks of the Verona Bay series. Lincoln is also a huge reason why I enjoyed Deadly Past. He's the town's sheriff and has had a thing for his neighbor ever since she moved in. As we get to know Lincoln, he proves to be a true gentleman who is also very protective. He hinted at being a pretty possessive guy but unfortunately we don't get to see that side of him, only because he was holding back due to Autumn. Autumn has had some pretty crazy and scary experiences in her life that has shaped her into being a cautious heroine. This is the big reason Lincoln had to tread a bit lightly around her. While I would have loved to see him more Alpha in this, it was a big reason we got to see how much of a gentleman he was. I'm just as drawn to that characteristic that seems to be rare in books these days. Overall, this was an enjoyable read. As Lincoln courts Autumn, we have her past catching up to her and a few mysterious things that creep in that keeps us on our feet. We've already got hints for the next couple in the book and I'm very curious about a few of those hints left behind.

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  • Yvonne T. Cruz
  • 05-11-20

Great addition to the series.

I loved this as an ebook, and as usually happens, the audiobook brought it to life, making me love the story even more. Once again, this talented author gives us a story that engages us from the first page to the last . Whether you are new to her stories, or a long time fan like myself you will not be disappointed with the latest story in the Verona Bay series. Autumn Perez is the local art teacher, a talented woman whose childhood was heartbreaking and when she was about to start her career as a photographer ended up being at the wrong place at the wrong time and ending in the WITSEC program. Ten years later, she has come to love her town and is fascinated by her neighbor, the local Sheriff. Lincoln Jordan has been attracted to Autumn and has been bidding his time . A one night stand was not enough . He wants more , but Autumn’s secret past, keeps her away from romance. That is , until her past catches up with her, and her night with Lincoln resulted in an unexpected surprise. What happens when her past puts her and others in danger? Will Autumn ever be free to have a full life? I can’t wait to see what else the author has in store for us in the next story. In the meantime, we got a chance to visit characters of the previous book and see how they were doing.