Felled by a cowardly shot to the back, Stanton Youngblood has just enough time before he dies to leave a single clue to his killer's identity: the word Wayne, scrawled in his own blood.
That word means everything to his widow. Leigh Youngblood was once Leigh Wayne, but she left her wealthy family behind thirty years ago when she fell in love with Stanton, a betrayal the Waynes have never forgiven. Now she publicly vows to discover which of her siblings thinks money and power are enough to cover up a murder.
Back in town to find his father's killer, prodigal son Brody finds his search for justice comes with an unexpected ray of light. He's loved Talia Champion forever, but when she said she couldn't marry him, he left town and never looked back. This time it's Talia who needs him, and it isn't in him to deny her anything.
But the killer still has a score to settle, and if that means spilling more blood—so much the better.
Great book. Leigh is completely in love with her husband Stanton. When he is murdered, he leaves a clue that she has no problems interpreting. She had been disowned by her family for marrying 'beneath' them and this was their revenge. My heart broke when I read Leigh's reaction to her love's murder. Then, her sons losing their father, oh my gosh, horrible.
Brody had left home because Talia had turned down his proposal. Now he is back to find who murdered his father and realizes there was more to Talia's rejection than he had ever imagined. Their rekindling of the relationship was great. I loved that in the book, though it did add another 'target' for the killer! The family dynamic in the story is great and I can't say enough about the writer's ability to weave an enthralling story. Family can be your best friends, or your worst enemies.
5/5, hands down. You need to go pick this up today!
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via netgalley). I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.