If You See Her
Ballantine, $7.99, Jan. 31, 2012
Hope Carson may not look like a survivor, but she has escaped an abusive ex-husband and recovered from a vicious assault. Now she endures the painful memories and suspicious rumors surrounding her involvement in the attack. Her ex is a cop, so the last people she trusts are law enforcement officials—and she certainly doesn’t trust how the local DA makes her feel inside.
Remy Jennings should know better. He has no business falling for a woman who he suspects may have a deeply troubled mind. And even if he did make a move, she’d bolt like a frightened rabbit. But how can he deny a burning desire that threatens to consume him? As Hope’s past catches up with her in the worst way, Remy is determined to break through her defenses, earn her trust, and keep her safe in his arms—before it’s too late.
If You See Her is the second in Shiloh Walker’s dark and gritty romance suspense trilogy. Not only does Ms. Walker continue to deliver her trademark scorching hot love scenes and dynamic, personable characters, but she raises the bar with more action and intrigue to keep you hooked ’til the last page.
New revelations and clues are revealed through an engaging, fast-paced storyline. Throughout the series, Walker keeps the villain and his motivations secret from book one—I can’t wait for the third and final book so that all will be revealed because I am apparently not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.
Hope and Remy are two fantastic, realistic protagonists. We first meet them in the first book of the series, If You Hear Her. Hope has come to Ash to hide and try to rebuild her life after divorcing her abusive husband. She has been battered and beaten, yet not broken. When her best friend is assaulted, she is considered a suspect and comes to Remy’s attention.
Remy remembers the first time he saw Hope, a scared woman whose fear touched him. He wanted, no, needed, to be the one to protect her from whatever or whoever had her.
“He wanted to pull that slender, sleek body against his, cuddle her close, promise her that she was safe, that nobody would ever hurt her again.”
His job as the DA is to charge her, but his gut tells him she’s innocent and digging into her past results in some interesting discoveries. Hope and Remy are both intelligent, independent, with a strong sense of loyalty, and have quiet, yet intense, personalities. The slow steamy sexual heat and tension these two generate permeates the entire story, weaving in and out like the scent of an expensive perfume. Plenty of heat flames the pages with little flickers of fire that slowly become a raging inferno. Their dance seems like walking a tightrope across a bottomless cavern. One false move...one misstep...and you’re done. Watching Hope discover what it’s like to experience true unfettered love is a joy to behold.
Ms. Walker does a wonderful job in translating Hope’s emotional fragility to paper. Her fear, anger, and sense of helplessness are all physically felt as you watch her struggle to reclaim herself.
“Don’t you get it? I’m a fucking mess. I tried to kill myself. Way to make choices huh? What the hell is wrong with me?"
Remy has his own issues tthat align with Hope’s. I enjoyed watching these two come to learn about and trust each other.
The ending is a whirlwind of intense emotions and action. While Hope and Remy’s romance is resolved, some of the bigger issues in the trilogy remain unanswered, leaving room to ponder, speculate, and guess what she has in store in the next and final book.