Today's review is on A Dry Creek Bed by Avery Flynn
What happens to the psychological development of an eight-year-old who is left hanging upside down in a car wreck knowing that her father has been thrown out of the windshield, and watches her mother die? She develops a type of Attachment Disorder. She becomes unable to form meaningful relationships for fear of being hurt and left alone again. Walls are formed around her heart. This is exactly what happens to Beth Martinez.
Years later we find Beth sitting alone in a local Mexican restaurant. Quietly sobbing, she is surprised when her BFF's big brother Hank Layton; her childhood crush, stops by her table to join her. Sparks almost instantly fly between the two and the sexual tension begins.
Both Beth and Hank begin a game of cat and mouse where Beth is the mouse and Hank the ever persistent cat. He realizes after just one small kiss that she is the woman for him, and he will do everything he can to make her his. But there is also danger afoot. Someone is threatening Beth, and these threats lead to even bigger dangers.
While at a conference in Las Vegas, Beth is drugged and Hank comes to her rescue like a Knight in Shinning Armor. While heading back to her hotel, Hank realizes that they are being followed by two thugs. Barely escaping, Hank brings Beth back to his hotel where things begin to get out of hand. With the drug in her system, the walls around Beth's heart begin to crumble.
It all comes to a head when Beth gets shot. Hank can no longer deny his love for her. He will stop at nothing to protect her, even by sacrificing his life if need be.
I just loved the first book in Flynn's Dry Creek series and was looking forward to this second installment. Did I like this one as much as the first? No, but it is a VERY close second. I'm still looking forward to the next book where I hope there is a little more romance, a little more suspense, and a little more sex.
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3.5 of 5 stars