Goodreads ~ "I'd apologize for kissing you, but I'm not all that sorry."
Dancer Melanie Brooks had escaped small-town Oklahoma, giving up the country for Broadway's bright lights. Yet after her mother's funeral called her back, her own health issues forced her to stay. Now her tenant, too-hot-for-his-own-good Adam Benson, is giving her a reason to dance again. But has a killer set his sights on her too?
Adam knows a little something about fresh starts. As for his beautiful neighbor, he doesn't see a wheelchair—he sees a woman who understands. But as the heat grows between them, he can't avoid the feeling that more than her big-city past haunts her—and that danger has been lurking, waiting to strike
This is romance meets murder mystery.
The romance is between Melanie and Adam. In high school, Melanie made it clear that once she graduated she was heading to New York to be a dancer ... and that's exactly what she did. Years later she came home to care for her dying mother and ending up staying as she lost her dreams of being a dancer when an accident puts her in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Needless to say, she's very bitter.
Adam has had some tragedy ... his sister has died and his brother is in jail for murder. Adam's brother, Nick, has recently gotten married and is living on their ranch with his new wife and child. Adam wants to give them some space so looks for somewhere else to live ... Melanie needs to rent the top part of her house (she needs the money to pay the taxes so she won't lose the house). As they live together, the sparks fly. Adam is resistant because he feels he needs to get his life in order and Melanie is resistant because she feels she's not a whole woman since she's not in a wheelchair.
Two woman have been murdered in the last six months and it seems that Melanie is next on the list. There are a few suspects on the list which keeps you wondering.
It's a quick read ... I liked the characters. I found Melanie too negative, though. She has a hot guy obviously interested in her but she runs hot and cold because she thinks he deserves better since she feels she can never be a whole woman since she's in a wheelchair. Really!? She's lucky Adam was as patient as he was.
When I was reading this book, it seemed like it was part of a series (though it works as a stand alone too). I've since discovered that it is ... it's part of the Cowboy Cafe series.
I received a copy of this ebook at no charge in exchange for my honest review.