Synopsis from Goodreads:
A lot’s happened since Claire’s world turned upside down. No longer alone and now an enrollee in the NSW Police Academy, things are finally turning around. Claire hasn’t given up on her quest for justice; she’s allowing herself to share her life while perusing it. But when a call for help comes in from her friend Jess whose been attacked and isn’t the first victim, her plans are placed on hold. With her officer boyfriend, Talon by her side Claire’s set on a new quest to find out who the serial rapist of Lakes End is before he strikes again and Jess can finally feel safe. But what happens when Claire is forced to face some truths she had hidden long ago?
Can her heart let go of the need for vengeance to make room for love of her life?
The second installment in Kerri William’s Moore Trilogy picks right up as Claire and Talon are trying to lead a more or less normal life after the ordeal that they had just gone through. She now has a family she can call her own and is surrounded by people who love her. Claire is still the same feisty, bullish woman intent on getting justice for her father and her brother. Now that she knows who their killer is, it becomes more personal for both her and Talon. He is determined to give Claire her closure even if it means walking away from her. When Claire is called back to her town for a crime that hits close to home, old feelings emerge and she is not sure that she wants to revisit that part of her past. Talon tries his best to protect her from further hurt, but he knows that she needs to relive what happened to help the other victims and to capture the perpetrator.
Kerri Williams is coming into her own as a writer. Not only is this second book much more well- written but it packs so much more heart and romance without sacrificing the swift and heart pumping action we have come to expect from this series. Claire and Talon are finally expressing their love for each other but the remnants of their past remain unsolved and thus threaten their future together. The difference from the first book rests in the author’s newfound ability to render her main characters’ emotions on paper. Despite their pain, there is so much tenderness between Claire and Talon. You can feel it, you can see it. You want to help ease their anguish but you know that you can’t change the truth. They have to face it and face it bravely. And Claire does just that. Despite Talon’s efforts to shelter her from harm, she faces it head on. What changed? This time she is so sure that a life without Talon is no life for her at all.
The cast of characters from Book I are back, and so is the danger and suspense brought about by old and new personalities. The story continues to move at a quick pace and Claire’s coup de grace at the end of the book just warmed the heart of a hopeless romantic like me. I am attached to Claire and Talon. There’s just no denying that. Bring on Book Three!
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