Series: Holly Woods Files #1
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Humorous, Law Enforcement, Mystery, Romance, Small Town Romance, Suspense
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I’m an Italian-Texan woman in a family full of cops. I’m passionate and shoot before I think. You only f*ck with me if you’re stupid.
Photograph cheating spouses. Hand over the evidence. Cash my check.
That was my plan when I returned home to Holly Woods, Texas, and became a private investigator.
Finding the dead body in my dumpster? Yeah… Given the choice, I think I would have opted out of that little discovery, especially since all three of my brothers are cops. And my Italian grandmother is sure the reason I’m single is because of my job.
Of course, my connection to the victim is entirely coincidental. Until I’m hired by her husband to investigate her murder and shoved bang-smack into the path of Detective Drake Nash. My nemesis, a persistent pain in my ass, and one hell of a sexy son of a bitch.
Shame he still holds a grudge from that time I shot him in the foot twelve years ago, or we could have something. In another life.
So now all I have to do is avoid my nonna’s blind dates, try not to blackmail my brothers into giving me confidential police files, and absolutely do not point my gun at Drake Nash. Or kiss him. Or jump his bones.
All while I hunt down the killer.
Sounds totally simple—until a second body proves that sometimes things that start as coincidences don’t always end up that way…
I’ve read a couple of books by Emma Hart, and I always love them. While normally I hold off on saying someone is one of my favorite authors until I have read a significant portion of their catalog, without a doubt I can say Emma Hart is one of my favorites, her storytelling just works for me, and her writing style just pulls me in no matter what the story is about. So when I saw some information come my way about Twisted Bond I knew I had to read this book and ASAP.
So I finally got around to reading it last night (yay) and I foolishly thought, I’ll just read a few chapters… yeah that didn’t work. I read the whole thing in one sitting. I normally can’t put Emma’s books down when I start them, but add in the whole mystery element to this book and I should have known I wouldn’t be able to put this book down. As always the writing was awesome, that goes without saying.
So Noelle is our heroine in the book, and the whole thing is told from her POV. I kind of love this chick. She carries Chuck Taylors in her purse (secret confession, I do too, I have a hot pink pair in my purse right now), she’s from Texas so she says Y’all as much as I do, and the girl has a stellar cupcake habit that I wish I had. So Noelle comes from a family of cops, and she herself used to be one in Dallas until something went wrong and she quit, ending up back in Holly Woods, Texas and starting her on P.I. firm. I wish I got more of the backstory from Dallas (but hey it’s the first book in the series maybe we will find out more later). I love that Noelle is close to her family, even when they are crazy. I love that she can take care of herself, although she might have too many guns, but then again given her life in this book maybe not. She’s got a great sense of humor and she’s super sassy, needless to say I loved her.
Our hero is Drake Nash, the cop assigned to the figure out who murdered the chick in the dumpster behind Noelle’s office. Needless to say, they clash, a lot. It’s kind hot actually the way they fight with each other. It’s like a constant push pull between them. He’s very demanding, constantly threatening to arrest Noelle, and well did I mention he is hot. There is a lot more that I could say about Drake but I recommend you read the book to learn more about him.
There are some great secondary characters in this book, from the best friend who enables Noelle’s cupcake addiction, the crazy grandma who is obsessed with finding her granddaughter a husband no matter how much Noelle tells her to knock it off. I love the people she works with and the people she is related to. The mystery behind who the killer is just worked for me, I was intrigued from beginning to end. I would easily recommend this book to anyone who likes a murder mystery with a romantic comedy twist. Check it out.