The book summary reads like a fairly traditional romance. Autry Holton, DA with a heart of gold, is asked to defend a serial killer, putting her life in danger both from her defendant and a stalker. Stanton Reed is the sheriff and Autry's ex-lover, put in the unenviable position of trying to defend her while at the same time hating that she's defending a guy he's helping put away. And Autry's pregnant, a complication Stanton never expected or wanted, given his lack of success raising two boys from a previous marriage. But after the shock, Stanton discovers the baby is not quite as unwanted as he'd believed...
There were a few elements I didn't like about this book. As someone who hasn't read the previous books, I was occasionally confused by past events that weren't fully explained. The beginning was abrupt; we're dropped into the middle of some fairly significant action without knowing what is going on or who is involved. Some of the actions of the main characters were inexplicable. The hero and heroine, after having seemingly insurmountable and irreconcilable differences, decide to not only move in together for the heroine's protection but also give their relationship another chance with little discussion and no real thought.
So. That out of the way, let's talk about what was entirely and completely right about this book. Consistent plot may not be the author's strong suit, but emotion certainly is. There were times I had to put my phone down and stop reading because I was crying in public...and today was the second time I've read the book. I felt for these people. I wanted to hang out with these people, and party with these people, and comfort these people all over the course of the book. I felt like I understood these people. I knew why Stanton had issues. I understood what Autry wanted out of the relationship. I desperately wanted these two to work things out, even though sometimes I wanted to throttle them for refusing to talk.
And even though, as I've mentioned, the plot didn't always make sense, it was also a pretty riveting book. At least three distinct times events happened that really and truly shocked me, but in retrospect I could see where the author was building exactly what happened. It was intricate and clever and anything but predictable.
So while the book isn't perfect, it is very VERY good, especially if you want to read a book that'll reach out and grab you and put you through the emotional wringer...and then leave you disappointed that it's over. As for me, I'm off to track down some of the other books in the series!