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Police Officer Peyton Clarke and Real Estate Agent Tory Stevens are complete strangers who experience an instant attraction during a moment of shared misery: trying on bridesmaids dresses. But their flirtation comes to an abrupt end when Bradley Richter enters Angelina's Bridal Boutique determined to end every life in the store. He's deranged, heartbroken, and sure of his sharpshooting skills, but he has miscalculated. Two survive.

Peyton is determined to capture the guy who killed 11 people, but for Tory, the tragedy is a wake-up call to open herself up to more than professional success. She and Peyton learn that love can be found in the most hopeless of places. They escaped death once, but will they survive when Bradley's determined to make his kill rate 100 percent?

©2018 Kris Bryant, Maggie Cummings, M. Ullrich (P)2021 Bold Strokes Books INC

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  • J.B.
  • 07-02-2021

Great Read

Thoroughly enjoyed the character study, romance, and the thriller moments drizzled throughout the story. The authors did a fabulous job bringing each of their characters to life, and Bradley's chapters...well they did give me the heebie jeebies as he became more and more unhinged as the story progressed. Tory & Peyton had great chemistry and a sweet romance. Melissa Sternenberg did great narrating this story and keeping emoting each character and personality.

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  • Sab
  • 23-03-2021

Ihave mixed feelings

it was a promising story, different that promised suspense and romance, but there is something unreal about it, both Torrey and Peyton are so busy with their love, especially Peyton that for a long time the story doesn’t deal with the killer... Peyton is a police officer, shouldn’t she be on her toes as he is at large?
Narration was good not as excellent as usual with Mellissa Sternberg, but it is good.

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  • Moonzfool
  • 15-02-2021

Loved it!

The authors: Ms. Bryant, Ms. Cummings and Ms. Ullrich did a fabulous job keeping me on edge between the budding romance and the killer’s movements. I honestly didn’t notice any gaps or inconsistencies or tells to show that there was three different authors. It was done well. I am one that submerges myself into books especially audio books. I enjoyed the two main characters and love HEA story. Melissa Sternenberg did a wonderful job narrating. She is great! Definitely recommend this book!

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  • Jude
  • 13-02-2021

Excellent thriller/romance

I loved this book. I am impressed at how well each author’s writing meshes with the others’. They each have their own voice and yet they work wonderfully together. It felt like I was getting the best of each (even though that’s not really fair to M. Ullrich), hearing each of their voices distinctly while completely forgetting there was more than one writer. They work seamlessly together. Each author wrote a character – Tory, Peyton, Bradley – and the story is told from each character’s point of view.

What Tory and Peyton went through and the ensuing PTSD made them all the more relatable to me. I won’t compare our experiences but I know that strange feeling that something wonderful came out of an event that killed and maimed so many and traumatized even more. Not that they wouldn’t have been relatable otherwise. They’re lovely in a normal, not-Hollywood way. They have normal people flaws and qualities. Tory, for example, can be quite judgemental, especially when it comes to bridesmaids dresses. Both Peyton and Tory are endearing and they feel very approachable and caring. I loved them both, I felt their fears but also their joy and wonder at finding love in the strangest circumstances. I also liked that the authors kept the PTSD to a minimum. It’s there, everywhere, always, but it’s not the story being told and it doesn’t overshadow the romance.

My only issue is that I wish the authors hadn’t written Bradley as deranged. It wasn’t necessary (not all mass shooters are crazy) and it plays unnecessarily into mental health stereotypes. I’m also not a fan of being in the bad guy’s head but with three authors writing, it makes sense. Apart from that, I loved everything, except Bradley, of course, whom I hated. I also like Melissa Sternenberg’s narration a lot. She doesn’t have the most distinctive voices for the different characters, but honestly, I’d rather have a well-read story than bad acting and Melissa Sternenberg’s reading is perfect: the intonations, the rhythm, the breathing, the small touches of vulnerability… It serves the book impeccably.

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  • Sondra A., Cobb
  • 08-02-2021

Narrator Ruined Book

I had high hopes for this audiobook as i am a fan of all 3 writers, but they chose the wrong narrator (or the wrong narrator was chosen for them? not sure how that works). Sorry, but Melissa Sterneberg has the opposite of a sexy voice and all her characters sound the same. I almost gave up on the book several times. I wasn't sure who was talking half the time. The story was good, but lost umph along the way. Wish Kris Bryant wrote the whole book and had Abbey Craden (swoon) narrate or Lori Prince... bet the whole thing would have been much better.

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