Paperback, 337 pages
Expected publication: December 4th 2012 by Montlake Romance
ISBN 13: 9781612185651
Source: Author, for the purpose of an honest review
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: She Can…, book #2
Best read in order: No, each works as a stand-alone
I love the way Melinda tells a story. I now know when I pick up one of her books that I just need to set a day aside. I have to read her books in one sitting. I can’t put them down. She paints the pictures for the setting so perfectly that as a reader I feel like I am there alongside of her characters. The characters flesh out to the point that they are real people. The multiple points of view are an incredible addition to her books. I love seeing what the villain is going through from his point of view. I love to read how the questionable character reacts to what is going on around him. Knowing motives before the identity of the villain add suspense to the novel.
Rachel has moved back to her home town to rebuild the family farm after her riding career was ended due to tragic accident. Vandalism and threats keep the rebuild progress slow. She blames herself for her sister’s marital problems. Rachel has always helped others. She has helped others so much that she doesn’t know how to accept help from others when it is offered. Now that she has a stalker that is doing more than just harmless pranks she needs all the help she can get.
Mike O’Connell, Westbury chief of police still feels like he has failed as a protector. His failure to catch a serial killer living in his own town has left him with some guilt. There has been a recent escalation in theft and vandalism. He has a town councilman, and a developer breathing down his neck about his failures. Now he has to deal with an independent woman who and can’t stop thinking about even though there is a conflict of interest there.
Mike and Rachel initially appear as total opposites. The more you read them and get to know them you realize they are so much alike. They both give there all to whatever they are doing. They share a need to care for those around them, passionately. Mike and Rachel also seem to neglect themselves to care and provide for those around them. They are both amazing people that deserve to find their own happiness. The fact that they found a happily ever after with someone so well matched for them is absolutely amazing.
If you have read She Can Run you’ll be pleased to know that Jack, Beth, and Henry have small cameo roles. She Can Tell is the second book in the She Can… series. It does work as a stand-alone though. Had I not read book 1 in the series I would have assumed Jack and Beth are just additional friends and townsfolk.