Emma Thomas hasn’t been home in years. Only back in Staunton for a few months, she plans to put her investigative reporter skills to use in exposing the trafficking group using her peaceful, idyllic hometown to move drugs. But when she stumbles onto more than drugs, bullets start flying and she has to ask the one person she left Virginia to avoid for help.
Detective Adam Marshall has been working this cartel case for months. On the precipice of breaking the organization wide open, he can’t believe the one woman he’d never been able to get over now holds the key to closing his case. His head warns him to steer clear, but his heart won’t let him walk away when Emma’s life is on the line.
Thrown together by chance after so many years, Adam and Emma work together to break the biggest case of both of their careers and heal some old wounds in the process. Falling in love wasn’t on the docket for either of them, but things don’t always go as planned.
3 Heart Review by Ashley
Murder on the Mountain is my first book from Carolyn LaRoche and it was ok. The opening set the tone for the fast-paced and twisting plot. But I was missing the connection between the two main characters.
That's not to say it was bad. In fact I really liked Emma. She was brave and bold. Tenacious and tough. And also lonely. On the hunt for the story that would save her career, she had no idea what kind of mess she would stumble upon. As such, she had to turn to the one person she didn't know how to face, her former crush and best friend, Adam.
Adam was a bit of a tough nut to crack. He played things by the book (he is a cop after all) but where things with Emma were concerned, things got a little gray. Especially since what she encountered went hand-in-hand with his current investigation. And as the danger and threats kept mounting it was all he could do to stay one step ahead and keep Emma safe. It was all building and just when Adam thought he had a handle on things, the other shoe dropped.
I didn't see that twist coming and I was reading as fast as my eyes would allow to see how it would all end. While Adam and Emma dug deep into their shared past trauma, I still wanted more of them reconnecting after so many years living separate lives. All in all, Murder on the Mountain was an action packed, suspenseful second-chance romance.
About the Author
Carolyn LaRoche grew up in snow country but fled the cold and ice several years ago. She now lives near the beach with her husband and their two sons. She’s been known to lug her laptop to the baseball fields and keeps a notebook by her bed to jot down the next big story idea in the wee hours of the night.