Book Review, Mystery/Suspense

Book Review – Expired Return

Expired Return

by Lisa Phillips

Pepper stood up. “How dare you.” She could spit fire at him right now. She’d loved and supported Victory since the day she was born. “You know nothing about me.”

“What’s this?”

Pepper whirled around at that voice. Heart. Breaking. She loved that gruff, commanding voice more than anything else in the world.

He wore a look a lot like Aiden’s. Blank, which she knew—or hoped—had to do with protecting his heart because he still cared for her. Except he probably hated her.

Donaldson sat back in his chair. “Allen.”

Former police officer Allen Frees had both hands on the wheels of his chair. He wore a fire department uniform of slacks and a white shirt. Emblems. A badge. His life of service hadn’t ended when he landed in that chair after a building blew up over his head.

As far as she’d been able to tell, it barely slowed him down.
She’ll give everything to protect her family.
He always knew she was the one.

Veterinary tech Pepper Miller lives a quiet life in Last Chance County. She’s watching her niece until her sister shows up…if she ever does. When Victory’s father demands he take over her care, Pepper knows something has gone wrong. With a new drug in town, and her sister embroiled in a dangerous bargain, it’s up to Pepper to protect the people she loves.

Even if it costs every secret she’s ever kept.

Fire Department liaison Allen Frees lives with the injuries he sustained as a police officer in a raid gone wrong. He’s put his life back together but getting the truck crew and engine squad to succeed might be his toughest assignment yet. When Victory is nearly kidnapped at a community event, Allen steps in to help Pepper keep her niece safe. The one thing he couldn’t fix was the love he lost, but he isn’t going to let Pepper walk away this time.

No matter what walls he has to break down.

Last Chance County returns in this blazing new series from Sunrise Publishing.

Last Chance Fire and Rescue
Book 1: Expired Return
Book 2: Expired Hope (coming soon)
Book 3: Expired Promise (coming soon)
Book 4: Expired Vows (coming soon)

Last Chance County
Book 1: Expired Refuge
Book 2: Expired Secrets
Book 3: Expired Cache
Book 4: Expired Hero
Book 5: Expired Game
Book 6: Expired Plot
Book 7: Expired Getaway
Book 8: Expired Betrayal
Book 9: Expired Flight
Book 10: Expired End

My Review

This is a book that I’ve had on my kindle and been needing to finish and review for awhile.

I don’t make a habit of posting negative reviews, and I don’ t intend to start now.

But, I do feel a need to be honest, so I will try and articulate my thoughts.

This book just didn’t resonate with me.

Now, for a few disclaimers….I haven’t read anything else by this author, and I think that had a lot to do with it. I was jumping into the middle of a small-town series, and knew nothing about any of the characters or the setting.

On top of that…there have been some hard things we’ve had to face recently, and…I’ve found it a bit hard lately to sit down and read a book.

Now, with those out of the way, back to the book at hand.

This is a suspense novel, full of mystery. The story centers around Allen Frees and Pepper Miller. (I’m guessing some of their history was probably in an earlier novel, but I really don’t know) They’d dated, and then Pepper had broken up with Allen. They both still cared for each other.

There are a lot of people to get to know, and in spite of it being a small town, there is lots of drug dealing going on, and unsavory characters showing up. Pepper’s niece almost gets kidnapped, and Pepper also gets attacked, in her own home.

There is just, all around, lots going on, lots of action, suspense, and mystery.

This is also a story of second chances. The author gives a beautiful picture of redemption.

If you enjoy romantic suspense, don’t be afraid to try this book. Obviously, we don’t all have the same tastes, and you may find this book is exactly what you were looking for!

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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