A perilous homecoming…
Everlasting is the second book in the heart-soaring and electrifying Evers, Texas, series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lori Ryan. A true masterwork of contemporary romantic suspense, it is the story of a beautiful artist returning home to danger, and to a love she never imagined. Exiled by her father, the town sheriff, at age four following the murder of her mother, Katelyn Bowden is finally coming back to tiny Evers, against the wishes of her now-dying parent.
The new sheriff, ex-New York cop John Davies, fears Katelyn’s life is in jeopardy from a killer who was never caught. Though she resents the handsome lawman her father has always loved like a son, Katelyn is confused by the passionate sparks that fly whenever they are together. But, will John be able to save her when a murderer finally emerges from hiding?
The second book in the Evers, Texas series and Lori Ryan has nailed it again. Lori does a fantastic job of mixing suspense and romance without it being overdone. This book was excellent. My heart broke for Katelyn, thinking that you are expendable to her only parent, is not something I would wish on my worst enemy, and seeing someone else get all the love and attention you are denied has to be hard. John didn’t really know what it was about him that she didn’t like, but he couldn’t help but to be grateful to her father, a man that had taken a chance on him when he needed someone to believe in him. With tumultuous beginnings like these, it’s hard to see how these two could come together in any way, but putting aside their differences to take care of the person they have in common, with a few not so random accidents thrown in for good measure the relationship between the two quickly heats up. Now if they can only figure out who has it in for her, and how that connects to the decades old unsolved murder of her mother, they might have a fighting chance at happiness. I really thought that the author did a fantastic job with this book, but I am only giving it 4 stars because I thought that the authors attempt to throw suspicion onto a different character was a little transparent. I felt the ending was a little predictable, but still thought the story was well written and the depth of her characters was amazing. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, to see what Lori has in store for us next.