Search Me by Katie Ashley

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Twenty year old Lane Montgomery never imagined her usually boring summer in the boonies would require her to trade her toe shoes for hunting boots or her monotonous college textbooks for treasure map deciphering. Never would she have imagined after breaking her grandmother’s precious Native American statue, danger, a lost treasure of Cherokee Gold and a hostage situation would arise. Nor could she predict that the one man destined to protect her and her family was her childhood nemesis and former crush, Maddox Diaz.

Returning after three years in the Army, twenty-three year old Maddox Diaz is confronted with more than he bargained for when agreeing to help his childhood buddy and deepest regret, Lane. Suddenly he is thrust into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with armed and ruthless treasure seekers that results in car chases and gun battles all in the presence of the one girl who still manages to haunt his dreams and drive him wild with desire.

Lane is determined to deny the sizzling chemistry with the man who stole her virginity and broke her heart. She just wants to stay alive with her heart intact. Will she be able to resist the man whose body sets fire to all her senses?


~Laura’s 4 1/2 Star Thoughts~

What can I say about Search Me….I really enjoyed this book.  It was a thrill ride, filled with some mystery and plenty of emotion.
Lane Montgomery has spent her summers vacationing with her parents and working at Maudie’s Mountain Brewery and Orchard.  Maudie is like a Grandmother to her.  She help to raise Lane’s dad.  
Lane and Maddox Diaz have been friends for a long time.  They have spent their summers together working for Maudie and hanging out.  Maddox was always teasing her.  And Lane had a crush on him.  Though they were a few years apart in age, you could feel the tension of the attraction that they had for one another.  The last summer that they are together Maddox breaks Lane’s heart.  He has joined the Army.  
When Maddox is medically discharged from the Army, he returns to the Brewery to work for Maudie.  He finds himself face to face with Lane.  Acting as if nothing has happened in their past.  Lane still holds the hurt close to her heart and vows to not let him back in.  
When Maudie is hurt, Lane and Maddox are thrown together to solve the mystery of an Old Indian Map, that they have found inside of a painting that Maudie has purchased.  What happens next is nothing short of a thrill ride.  While trying to decipher the map, they are chased, shot at and coerced into giving up the map and what treasure they may find, all for Lane’s fathers freedom.  Lane’s love for Maddox is challenged and slowy her walls begin to crumble.
I give Search Me 4.5 stars.  I love Katie Ashley and cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.