The romantic couples who have been in the previous books of the Coltons of Shadow Creek continuity has gone through numerous trials and experienced conflicted feelings, and the final two stories are no exception. Regan Black and Lara Lacombe have imagined risky situations for their main characters to face, where lives are on the line and heartfelt entanglements are frequent. Several new people are introduced while past characters make a return, and each one had important roles. The ongoing plot about Livia Colton always left some details unanswered in the prior books, and I now have all the facts. KILLER COLTON CHRISTMAS is emotional plus filled with unanticipated danger.
Special Agent Cowboy by Regan Black
Since her background history was seldom encouraging, Marie Meyers is thankful for all Colton, Incorporated has done to make her life better. Working as its digital officer, she tries to ensure that any news related to criminal Livia Colton does not negatively affect the company. When a group known for hacking makes the business its next victim, her own personal information appears to be targeted more than most. The FBI is called in to stop the leak of data, and Emiliano Ortega is assigned to watch over Marie because the severity of the threats keep mounting. Hiding the fascinating woman on his ranch located in Shadow Creek is the plan, but becoming emotionally involved certainly was not.
As evidence is gathered connected to the hacking case, Marie could either be a victim or perpetrator. Regan Black makes the story interesting as clues are gathered along with motives. Marie and Emiliano are opposites in many ways, yet these differences seem to draw them together and form an emotional bond. To discover what is actually going on, a big risk must be taken, where feelings and duty collide. I never knew what would happen next. Special Agent Cowboy builds suspense with intriguing and unexpected circumstances.
The Marine’s Christmas Case by Lara Lacombe
Although Dario Ortega would like to know Felicity Grant better, it seems the newly returned resident of Shadow Creek is not interested in the same thing. But when the private investigator needs assistance to uncover the person responsible for hacking into Colton, Incorporated, his technical knowledge is very much appreciated. As a former marine, Felicity has the drive to prove she can be successful at her new career, and she is willing to accept Dario’s help to solve the case. Yet to find the answers, the couple must spend many hours researching, and surprisingly some of it is spent thinking about each other.
In the concluding book about Livia Colton, a number of unforeseen truths are finally exposed. I was kept guessing until the very end, and enjoyed looking out for any cleverly placed clues. Dario and Felicity are really likable, and I wondered if they would be willing to take a chance with their hearts. These two did not see their lives going toward the same goal, so it was fun watching them come to several stunning revelations. The Marine’s Christmas Case has engaging conversations and plenty of honest reactions. Lara Lacombe has created compelling situations for her particularly appealing couple to deal with, and the continuity came to a satisfying finish in this entertaining story.
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Series: The Coltons of Shadow Creek
Publisher: Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Releases: December 1, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars