Friday, June 14, 2013

Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard

Deadly Devotion (Port Aster Secrets, #1)
Book Description:

Research scientist Kate Adams and her colleague Daisy are on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy suddenly dies. Kate knows that if it hadn’t been for Daisy’s mentorship, she wouldn’t have the job she loves or the faith she clings to. So when police rule Daisy’s death a suicide, Kate is determined to unearth the truth.
Former FBI agent Tom Parker finds it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gives him a job as a detective on the local police force, not everyone approves. Tom’s just trying to keep a low profile, so when Kate Adams demands he reopen the investigation of her friend’s death, he knows his job is at stake. In fact, despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate looks a bit suspicious herself.
As evidence mounts, a web of intrigue is woven around the sleepy town of Port Aster. Can Kate uncover the truth? Or will Tom stand in her way?

My Thoughts:
I really liked this one.  When Kate's friend and mentor is found dead and believed to commit suicide, she doesn't believe it.  They were on the verge of a breakthrough and there was no way Daisy would have mixed the concoction that killed her.  Tom is not happy when Kate demands he reopen the investigation into Daisy's death.  He knows his job is on the line and is just trying to skate by under the radar but Kate is determined.
I really liked how quickly this story moved.  Kate's determination to find the truth about Daisy was so heartfelt that you had to root for her.  I wasn't sure I was going to like Tom but wound up thinking he was one of the best characters.  The plot was great with several viable suspects and yet you aren't sure about any of them.  
I rate this a 5/5.  
Thank you to Revel for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

*Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.*


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