I was really thrilled to be contacted to take part in this blog tour for Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
Love. Lies. Murder. A lot can happen… COME SUNDOWN
Bodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family’s resort in Western Montana, there just aren’t enough hours in the day – for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn’t have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all grown up and returned to the ranch. Then again, maybe Callen can change her mind, given time…
But when a young woman’s body is discovered on resort land, everything changes. Callen falls under the suspicion of a deputy sheriff with a grudge. And for Bodine’s family, the murder is a shocking reminder of an old loss. Twenty-five years ago, Bodine’s Aunt Alice vanished, never to be heard of again. Could this new tragedy be connected to Alice’s mysterious disappearance?
As events take a dramatic and deadly turn, Bodine and Callen must race to uncover the truth – before the sun sets on their future together.
I’m aware that Nora Roberts is popular but this is the first book I’ve read by the author. It definitely won’t be the last though.
Set against the background of the family owned and run Bodine/Longbrow ranch in Western Montana now a luxury spa adventure holiday resort centre, Come Sundown is an addictive mix of romance and psychological thriller.
Local young girls are going missing and two of them end up as victims of a vicious and apparently random killer. One of the young women is an employee at the ranch and friend of Bodine Longbow the granddaughter and manager of the ranch.
There is also the long standing mystery of the disappearance of Alice, aunt to Bowdine and known as the rebel of the family who left the family home twenty years ago, went off in search of adventure and excitement never to return.
Running parallel alongside the narrative of the happy productive close family of different generations is another story, a disturbing tale of a young woman kept as a captive in appalling conditions and used as a sex slave come baby machine by an unhinged individual that she has to refer to as “Sir”. It was at times quite hard to tear myself away from that story to read about everyday life on the ranch but the stories are connected and intertwined. The true identity of “Sir” is slowly revealed in nerve jangling segments.
Back at the Bowdine/Longbow ranch appears local cowboy Callen Skinner, a former Hollywood stuntman with rippling muscles who is an old adolescent crush of Bodine. I can imagine that he has a heady body odour of horse and saddle soap!
Their reignited romance simmers along before virtually scorching the pages with the heat of their eventual relationship.
Nora Roberts obviously has the knack of weaving a good story and keeping the reader interested. If I had one gripe it was that at times there was a bit too much flirty dialogue between Bodine and Callen that was a little too wordy and I felt my attention wandering so I skipped scenes between them but this could be because I am more of a crime fiction fan as opposed to a reader of romantic novels. It could also have been that I was so engrossed in the story that I saw any dialogue as extraneous!
I liked the family and the dynamics between them all, the story with its mysteries, red herrings and good old-fashioned family values. Combined with the chilling back story it all made this book a very addictive read. I read through it quickly hoping for a happy ending and a denouement to the chilling side of it and if I put it down I wanted to get back to it to keep on reading.
I was given an ARC copy of this book that I chose to review.