Rochelle Marks is working hard to build a name for herself that has nothing to do with her pinup-girl curves. She’s made mistakes in the past, and now she’s trying to stop her little sister, Stacy, from making worse ones. Rochelle’s done with being nothing more than someone’s good time. Even if that someone is the one-night stand who turned her life upside down before vanishing—and who’s just arrived in Paradise, Idaho, looking to pick up where they left off.
Tech mogul Travis Cochran’s hard-won new priorities have brought him to town as a university lecturer, but he’s come for something else, too: the smart, sassy, gorgeous woman who’s been in his head for months. When Stacy’s choices draw her big sister into a web of down-home crime and cold-blooded murder, Travis’s mission gets a whole lot more urgent. Now convincing Rochelle to trust him isn’t just about winning her back. It may be the only way to keep her alive.…
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Another winner in the Paradise Idaho series from Ms. James. TURN ME LOOSE is the third book in this series and it does a great job of not only furthering the story arc but standing on its own. I loved the opportunity of catching back up with the characters that I met in the first book but didn't feel that I had to read the second book first.
One of my favorite part of TURN ME LOOSE is the fact that Rochelle isn't wet behind the ears. She has been divorced, has a good job and stands on her own two feet. That doesn't mean that she doesn't want to find Mr. Perfect but he isn't needed to make her life complete. Her biggest issue is trusting that things will work out as they didn't with her first husband.
Travis had met a gorgeous woman right before his life fell apart and he lost her number. Accepting a temporary position in Paradise, he was very pleasantly surprised to find Rochelle again. Convincing her to accept him since he just disappeared last time is another story.
Another character that has an important role in this story is Rochelle's youngest sister Stacy who is living with Ro after she overdoses at a party. She definitely adds a bit of teenage melodrama to the story which helps lighten the tension that everyone is feeling when a murdered teenager is discovered.
I do recommend this book and this series to anyone who enjoys their romance with a touch of suspense added in. There are some sex scenes but nothing over explicit. I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for the next book in this series.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.