Having been a huge fan of this authors books I was excited for the start of this multi author collaboration. I’ve read some of the other authors but now that I’ve met the characters in the police dept I’m definitely going to be reading all the other books in this series. Jon and Ava were both very strong characters. From the first page to the last I was hooked. It had everything, suspense, mystery angst and love. The plot is intriguing and I can’t wait now to discover how this stores evolves. Highly recommend this book
Dark Falls is the name of a twelve book series set in Dark Falls, Colorado. Each stand-alone volume is written by a different author and follows police procedure of the men and women working in the Serious Crimes department of Dark Falls Police Department. Congratulations to Lori Ryan, the author of book one titled Dark Falls with a totally believable plot, her exceptional writing clearly introduces all the various characters, bringing them to life for the reader. I found Dark Falls a compelling read and was delighted to receive this ARC, my review is completely unbiased.
5.0 out of 5 starsSuspenseful, with plenty of action and a slow yet sizzling relationship
4 November 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book introduces the players, the team of the Major Crimes Division in Dark Falls. John Sevier is the first one we center on, divorced and not really thinking of a relationship since long hours and late night calls aren't conducive to such things.
With multiple jewelry stores being hit, John's thoughts go to the woman he once loved, the woman who left. Her family owns a jewelry store and although it is far more upscale than those being hit, he's concerned.
Ava left school when her father became ill, working the jewelry store while finishing her degree online. The store is a true family business, with most of the designs created by her sister Janna and others commissioned from local artisans.
John visits after a clerk is injured during a robbery, to be sure Ava's security systems were all working properly and ascertain she had a guard during working hours.
To say that John and the rest of his team were frustrated is an understatement. The eyewitnesses couldn't give any kind of a description because the perpetrators were totally covered up in nondescript clothing, and ski masks. We on the other had get to see the bad guys and some of their plans, and see the aftermath of the escalation in the robberies.
John keeps in touch with Ava as things escalate and the chemistry between them is powerful. There is a slow build to this relationship as John not only gets to know Ava again, but also learns to interact with Janna.
Hold your breath suspense and action, romance that gets hotter with every encounter and so much more!
I will definitely be reading all the books in this new series!
4.0 out of 5 starsA wonderful blend of excitement and romance
21 October 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
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This first book leaves me with high hopes for the stories to follow in this multi-author series. If you like to blend excitement with romance, then this book is for you. Ms. Ryan is very successful in giving us a good balance of the two without one overshadowing the other.
Welcome to Dark Falls, where law enforcement is trying to solve multiple jewelry store robberies that appear to be done by the same people. Detective John Sevier is a part of this investigation and is concerned about Ava McNair, a former college girlfriend who owns a jewelry store in town. Worry about her safety prompts him to visit the shop. Old sparks reignite as he spends time there in an effort to maintain the shop’s safety. I’ll save the rest so as not to spoil the story for you.
Featured characters in the story are well developed. I enjoyed the friendships between the officers, family relationships, and the blossoming romance. The investigation follows a believable timeline and does not feel rushed. As a person who reads few thrillers, I found this one exciting without being gruesome - a combination that kept me turning the pages.
This is an amazing beginning to this multi author series of romantic suspenseful books with John a detective at Major Crimes at Dark Falls reconnecting with the first love of his life from college Ava who owns a jewelry story. There was a string of robberies of jewelry stores that were esculating in violence and John had to warn her and make her more vigilant at her store in case they decided to rob her store. This is where their exciting love story begins as he spends more and more time with her. An unrelated incident side lines him from work so that he can protect her and her sister Jenna by spending more time at their store with them. It is amazing how he figures out who the robbers are by going to a funeral with Ava and seeing mourners that fit the perks descriptions. It comes to an exciting conclusion as John protects Ava from the violent criminal. It is so romantic as John and Ava fall back in love and get their happily ever after. I cannot wait to read the next book in this unique series as this first book was fantastic.
This is the opener for a multiauthor series that focuses on the Major Crimes Unit of Dark Falls, CO, though location really doesn't play into the storyline. It could be anywhere. Detective John Sevier is working along side his unit to solve an outbreak of smaller jewelry store robberies. He can't help but think of his ex girlfriend from college who works in her family's jewelry store at a mall. So when the robbers escalate, beating an employee of the last store they've targeted, he stops by to warn Ava.
Ava McNair regrets the day she broke up with John Sevier years ago in college. She has never forgotten him, and when he appears at her father's jewelry store to warn them about the escalating robber foursome, she is afraid to hope for more than renewing acquaintances and becoming friends. But John has gone into protective mode, staying near when he can, not realizing the robbers already have Ava on their list of potentials.
Dark Falls by Lori Ryan is the first story in a series written by different authors. This excellent start has me intrigued about the rest of the series. From the introduction to John Sevier to the end, this book grabbed my attention. John & Eric seemed to be the perfect pairing for partners in the force. Ava and John dated in college & broke up but he hasn’t been able to forget her. Now, a string of burglaries gives him an excuse to contact her. The chemistry is still there.
The suspense in this story grabs your attention from the first. The interactions between John & Eric perfectly describe the sense of family & friendship that develop between partners. I loved the way John was able to connect to Janna, Ava’s autistic sister, when others couldn’t. This was a great romantic suspense!