The hunt continues for whoever is killing grooms in the third book of the Coltons of Red Ridge continuity series, while a couple get the chance to discover if they can have another opportunity at a relationship. Lara Lacombe has created intriguing developments linked to the mysterious killings in a community, where several Coltons are trying to solve the crimes while one is even a suspect. The author adds many new details to what has been revealed so far, and the list of unknowns just keeps mounting along with some resolutions. COLTON K-9 BODYGUARD is an enthralling story of unexpected suspense and touching romance. I have become very caught up in the events happening in Red Ridge, and the many characters that have been introduced have also grabbed my interest.
With most engaged couples in Red Ridge fearful of a person called the Groom Killer, only a few weddings have been occurring lately. This has resulted in the bridal shop owned by Beatrix Colton not doing much business, and it will not until the individual responsible for murdering two men the day before they wed is caught. One night as Bea is closing the store, she hears a noise and is soon attacked.
Luckily for her, two local cops are checking out the area after receiving information about an unrelated crime. Micah Shaw and his K-9 partner, Chunk, find Bea, and he questions her after she gets needed help at the hospital. She and the former Army Ranger have history, but their relationship ended badly. With more murders taking place, Micah worries that Bea may be in danger, so he ends up watching over the woman whom he has never completely forgotten.
Just when there seems to be a promising lead in the Groom Killer case, the actual facts do not always make Micah happy. He wants the killings to stop, and his frustration is intensifying. This tension along with being forced to be around Bea is making the cop feel uneasy at times, but he still pushes forward with his investigation. I really liked Micah with his no-nonsense attitude, plus he was very loyal to those for whom he cared. The way in which he reacted with Bea, even when they had differences was admirable, and I so hoped these two would finally speak about the past. Lara Lacombe cleverly builds the anticipation of how their relationship will proceed, and my anxiety over their possible responses kept building. Bea is portrayed as a woman determined to take charge of her life, and I enjoyed seeing her make a point.
Several surprises occur in COLTON K-9 BODYGUARD, and I was certainly shocked at one unforeseen incident. While more answers are hopefully forthcoming, I did learn some key truths. Another aspect of the story that is highly interesting is Chunk and his many contributions to the police force. I was really entertained by his antics and lovable personality. The author definitely kept me engrossed, and the next book is set up perfectly.
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Series: Coltons of Red Ridge – Book 3
Publisher: Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Releases: March 1, 2018
Author website: http://www.laralacombe.com/
Rating: 4.5 Stars