My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it
Texas Ranger Jake Cavanaugh will do anything to rescue his kidnapped daughter from the clutches of a killer. And that means turning to Ella Terrell—his high school sweetheart—for help. The former FBI agent is lucky to be alive after her own encounter with the vengeful madman. And now history seems to be repeating itself this holiday season. Ella needs time to sort through the past—yet time is a luxury they don't have. For the kidnapper is taunting them with misleading clues and a ticking clock. But Ella will bring Jake's child home at all costs—even at the risk of losing her heart and her life….
So... I read this book at night and it totally freaked me out! I'd say the author was very successful at creating a tight-knit suspenseful thriller. Ella and Jake are both strong and independent characters dealing with the most stressful of circumstances, so the romance suffered a bit, but the author brought them together in a believable way considering the task they are focused on. The cat and mouse game the serial killer plays with them keeps the pace and investigation moving quickly, but there is still the feeling of needing to move faster to get ahead. I'd definitely recommend this book to fans of suspense and crime drama.
(Thank you to Harlequin Publishing and Love Inspired books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)