Things aren’t always as they seem…
I’ve lived by that motto for most of my life. I’ve hid who I am, who I used to be, and what I’ve done from anyone who dares to get close to me. At nineteen I lost my parents. I thought nothing in the world could be more painful. I was wrong.
When I met Leo, my world seemed brighter. I felt hope for the first time in months. He promised me a life of luxury, but things aren’t always as they seem. Leo had a dark side, one that he hid from me. He pulled me under and held me captive, making death seem like the only way out.
It took me two years to escape. I ran never looking back until now. My life is finally coming together. I have people I trust, a job, and a safe place to call home, but things aren’t always as they seem.
One night, one phone call, one moment causes it to all crash down. Leo has my sister, and he wants to trade her for me. The one person I can trust is the only one who could also tear me apart… Detective Jeff Horn. He’s got secrets just like me, and seems to understand me better than I do myself.
How do I tell him my darkest secrets? How do I go back to a place that nearly broke me? How do I let him see Below the Surface?
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
Ok before I begin with the yummy that is Jeff and Lena I must say……to love these characters’ even more than possible I recommend reading the entire series. You don’t NEED to but the story will just be THAT much BETTER knowing what Jeff and Lena have been through before actually getting their book…..
Jeff….he really tried with Dani but his heart wasn’t all in it. His heart was already taken by a certain barmaid who was fun and flirty but closed off and silent about her real life…AKA Lena.
Lena…we don’t know her story until this book but YIKES it’s not a good one. Its full of sadness and heartbreak but survival!! Most of all SURVIVAL!! This girl does anything and everything to survive but once her loved ones are in danger she will sacrifice all to save them. She will even trust a man that she is scared of because the attraction and pull is so strong. The last time she had THAT she was betrayed and ruined.
The story does a lot of jumping through time because it is happening at the same time Mason and Dani’s book is happening. This is part of the reason I recommend reading the whole series to better appreciate all that is happening to these two people. When the time jump is finished we are in the present and the danger is full on at the front of the story. Lena’s past has caught up to her present. Jeff is there to help and protect her but once he SEES her past, he has more compassion and care for this woman. The two are so involved with each other but they seem to think the other only cares because of the case.
When the two finally begin to date…..the feels are crazy…omg the Christmas Tree Scene….WOW….I mean..yeah…Mason is my baby daddy but Jeff almost stole my heart….LOL
This book was a great addition to the series !!
Heather D’Agostino is an avid reader turned Bestselling Author of the Contemporary Romance Series The Broken Series, The Shattered Series, The Second Chances Series, The Cook Brothers Series, and Romantic Suspense series The Witness Series.
She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics.
She currently lives in Central New York with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats. When she’s not writing she can usually be found at the dance studio, soccer field, or one of the many other places that she plays ‘Supermom’.
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