I’ve had the chance to read one of Heather Day Gilbert’s books before and I was 100% open to her newest release – a story with a lot of punch packed into a novella!
Katie McClure always dreamed of becoming an FBI agent like her father, but an injury has permanently sidelined her as a librarian in her rural West Virginia hometown. Katie’s peaceful life is torn apart when armed men burst into the library, targeting her. Her fears mount after a break-in at her apartment, and she reluctantly accepts an offer of protection from Ace Calhoun, the Manhattan bodyguard who rushed to her aid against the library invaders.
But Ace didn’t show up in Hemlock Creek by accident. Even as he hides his true motives for protecting Katie, he’s pulled in by her indomitable courage and her undeniable attraction to him.
With the Russian mob breathing down her neck, the clock is ticking for Katie to find out what happened to a bank stash that went missing years ago. To her dismay, she discovers her father was not the man she believed him to be…and neither is Ace.
As always, when it’s a good novella, I’m sad it’s such a short story and not a full length novel, but that’s good news, because that means it’s a creative story that is able to grab the reader’s attention early on.
I enjoyed the storyline and twists Gilbert takes the reader through and I thought she did a fabulous job being creative and unique. I would have liked to see more character development and growth between our characters, but then again that’s more Jamie complaining that it wasn’t a full length novel. Ha!
Overall I enjoyed the story and she has two more novellas coming out featuring Katie’s siblings, so be on the lookout!
I know I’ve asked this before, but I’m using it again! Are you into novellas?
(Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)