Series: Recovered Innocence #1
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Mystery, New Adult, Romance, Suspense, Workplace Romance
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Cora. . . . I got my driver’s license on my sixteenth birthday so I could visit my brother in prison. Five and a half years later, he’s still locked up for a murder he didn’t commit and I’m still trying to find a way to set him free. Then I hear about Nash Security and Investigation, a private detective agency that helped exonerate a wrongfully convicted man after thirty-nine years in prison. The problem? They’ve already taken on the one pro-bono case they’ll accept this year.
Leo. . . . I’m this close to finishing law school—and never working another day at my dad’s P.I. office—when Cora Hollis walks through the door. She’s got a box of files, a handful of leads, and an independent streak a mile wide. She fascinates me and I can’t say no. Suddenly I’m volunteering to help her find a missing witness who could be the key to her brother’s case. But nothing is what it seems and giving in to the attraction between us could be more dangerous than finding the real murderer.
Okay, truth. I love this book. I just do. I was not super enthusiastic about the blurb or the cover, but I like the idea of P.I.s and I liked that Cora was so invested in her investigation (or so it seemed from the blurb), so I figured why not, I’ll try it. I’m so glad I did, because I loved it. I picked it up when I couldn’t fall back asleep, though I’ll read two or three chapters and then go back to bed, didn’t work out, I read it from beginning to end in one sitting, and now I’m tired cause I didn’t get to sleep. No regrets though.
Cora, our heroine, is lovely, and interesting, and has blue hair (my pink hair self loved that about her), and most interestingly, Cora is on pause. There no other way to explain it. I don’t like stories where the heroine is a virgin, it doesn’t read authentic to me, I’m sorry by when I read a romance and the girl 22-25 years old and a virgin, I don’t believe, you have to back it up with some kind of reasoning cause I just don’t by it. But with Cora, I did! When she was young, before 16 I believe, her brother was convicted of murder and rape of his ex-girlfriend. Cora has devoted her life, getting emancipated when she was 16, investigating, using all her money to try and free her brother, just everything about her world is about her brother. Her life has literally been on pause since I would guess the moment that girl took her last breath. There are a few moments in the book where you really see how emotionally stunted she is, because she just doesn’t allow herself to have any kind of life without her brother, if her brother doesn’t have a life, neither does she. It’s both sad and somehow super inspirational, I mean being that devoted to someone, having that much belief in someone else is kind of inspiring.
Leo, is the guy who works at the P.I. agency and is helping Cora with her investigation. He’s smart and interesting, and in the beginning kind of self-centered, yeah go with that. But working side by side with Cora, he shifts, he really devotes himself to this case and to her. And suddenly he isn’t the guy who is just looking for a good time, but instead he’s the guy who is super emotionally invested in this girl. He is kind of perfect for her, that’s all you can really say, he’s great. He’s respectful, and kind, and resourceful, devoted, he just kind of awesome, I loved him. Sign me up.
I loved the investigation in this book, it was interesting, sometimes exciting, sometimes nerve-racking, it was a good mystery. There was just the right amount of danger and emotional investment. The pacing was just right. The chemistry with Leo and Cora was good and they were funny sometimes, super sexy other times, they were just really well rounded. I just really loved this book, it was just the right book at the right time with all the right elements to make it work for me.