This novel had lots of action and danger among the pages. Dealing with gun smuggling across the border, U.S. to Mexico, made for some fast paced action. The mystery of who was behind it all added to the suspense.
Gabriella, former DA turned restaurant chef, finds a dying man with bullet wounds right outside her restaurant as she’s leaving one late night. On his lips is the name of her brother, Jake, who’s in law enforcement. Thus begins a tangled, twisted story of how to locate him after he’s gone missing. Her ex-fiancé Eli, homicide detective, joins in the search despite their troubled past. Many characters come to light, law enforcement, relatives, journalists, and the shady criminal ones. There are murders, kidnappings, bombings and car chases. All the fun stuff. And romance for sure.
Gabby had my mouth watering a time or two. Even among all that was going on she baked to relieve stress. I could almost taste her brownies and strawberry shortcake! The one thing I found taxing was the Spanish. Knowing it was very close to Mexico and even though a Spanish glossary was included in the front of the book, I got tired of flipping back and forth to find out what the words meant. Although they were sporadic in the writing, I know no Spanish but wanted to make sure I knew what was going on.
I did appreciate the fact that the author spent lots of time living in Texas and was very familiar with Laredo where the story took place. She was able to incorporate her knowledge into the story and make it extremely real and believable.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.