Kell Jameson is a hugely successful defence lawyer, independent and smart, who has made something of herself since her youth as an orphan living in rural Georgia. Eliza, when the lady who brought her up, contacts Kell for help, Kell responds immediately and travels to Hallden to help investigate a murder. Eliza knows that there's a lot of evidence that suggests she killed drug dealer Clay Griffin, and indeed she visited him the night he died, but she didn't actually kill him.
When Kell arrives in Hallden she bumps into the Sheriff, Luke Calder, and there's an instant attraction. However Kell can't be open with him and has to lie on occasion to protect her client - can they have a future when it's hard to trust each other. Luke and Kell, searching for evidence to clear Eliza, start to uncover something very big. Luke's also finding the local Police Chief Graves causing him difficulties over jurisdiction. Can Kell keep Eliza safe, can Luke persuade Kell to trust him, can they find out what really happened?
This book was well written with a good plot and a variety of characters. Kell herself was often difficult to like, although that didn't seem a problem for Sheriff Luke Calder. The mixture of courtroom stuff, police investigation and romance was well balanced and interesting. However I was very disappointed, at the end of the book, to discover that the story was in no way rounded off; I understand the author is writing more books about these events from the viewpoints of Kell's friends but it meant that this story seemed just stop with minimal resolution. It was a disappointment after the events appeared to be leading up to a grand showdown with the underlying events being revealed. There were also one or two plot unlikelihoods, such as Kell and the Sheriff stumbling on a secret location important to the story and also a potential client of Kell's keeping faith with her and agreeing to pay her more when she's significantly messed about by Kell.
Overall I enjoyed this book but was very disappointed that the story didn't adequately conclude and would have appreciated some hint of this on the back cover.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008