Monday, 30 December 2013

Book ~ "Always and Forever Love" (2013) Lynn Crandall

From Goodreads ~ The presence of a ghost in her life doesn't alarm Lacy Aegar - in fact it makes her happy. Two and a half years ago when her dead husband, Nicholas, reappeared in her life as a full-bodied spirit, she questioned her sanity. But with Nicholas's explanation that things about life are not as she's always believed, she settled into a pleasant routine of working with her sister at their private investigation business and enjoying home life with her now eight-year-old son - with Nicholas never very far away.

Lacey's complacency and sense of stability is sent topsy-turvy when she runs into Jackson Carter, the son of powerful and influential business tycoon William Carter. Typical of the Carter reputation, Jackson's slick, new private investigating business is siphoning off clients from the Aegar sisters' business, creating financial difficulty. It's a recurring nightmare for Lacey, who has already seen damage done by the Carter family, and when she encounters Jackson, she wants nothing to do with him.

But things are not what they seem when it comes to Jackson Carter, either. Unbeknownst to Lacey and her sister, Jackson is fighting a battle to preserve his business, too, and his integrity. For him, it's a fight for his soul, and he enlists Lacey's help because of her unique investigative skills and open heart. When she uncovers a mole in his business, she also discovers that one of his clients' drug trials has been given the green light to go to the next phase based on falsified data. As they work together to save both their businesses, Jackson and Lacey not only face death, they come to grips with their feelings about love and life. With Nicholas's help, Lacey comes to understand that love is always and forever, but in choosing Jackson, she chooses a full life, a life worth living.

Lacey and her sister, Sterling are private detectives.  Jackson Carter has a rival firm which doesn't make Lacy happy.  Plus Jackson's father, William, is a ruthless businessman who will do anything to succeed which makes her like him less.  When no one takes him seriously, Jackson's nephew, Jason, hires Lacey when his dog, Snickers, disappears.

Walking into the master bath, Lacey stopped short. “Geez! Now, that’s a bathtub,” she exclaimed. Her voice echoed slightly against the marble tile walls and gray slate floor. Jason waited patiently at the doorway while her gaze moved from one opulent element to another. A large white and gold marble whirlpool tub, deep enough to disappear in, was framed on three sides by frosted glass windows and a small garden of palms and feathery ferns. On another wall stood a shower stall sporting a gold rain-head showerhead and etched glass doors.

“Hi, Uncle Jake.”

Jason’s greeting jolted Lacey out of her skin. Retreat was impossible. She turned to face the square shoulders, tall frame, and solid jaw of a dark-haired man. “Uncle Jake, I presume?” She wasn’t doing anything wrong, so why did she feel her as though Brad Pitt had just caught her picking her nose?

“I know who I am. Who are you and what are you doing in my bathroom?” The man’s voice was clipped velvet. His arm circled Jason protectively.

She stuck out her hand. “I’m Lacey Aegar. And as for what I’m doing here …”

“I hired her, Uncle Jake. She’s going to find Snickers.”

She looked from Jason’s cherubic face and up into the glistening brown eyes of his uncle and felt her composure melt into the cold slate beneath her feet. “Umm…I’m a private investigator. And your nephew has asked me to …”

“I think you’ve seen enough, Ms. Private Investigator or gossip columnist or whoever you are.” The man grabbed Lacey’s elbow and began to usher her briskly out of the room.

“But Uncle Jake—”

“If you’ll just hold on a minute I can explain.” Lacey’s face burned at the man’s insinuation. With Jason at his heels, the man swept Lacey down the stairs and was heading toward the front door, where she spread out her hands and planted them against the hard wood. "Stop,” she demanded, whirling around to face him head-on. “I’m not leaving until I finish what I came here for, and that’s to help Jason find his dog.”

With her keen powers of observation, Lacey finds Snickers, which impresses Jackson ... so much so that he wants to hire her to find out who is sabotaging his business.

Lacey's husband, Nick, was a cop and had died in the line of duty.  For the last couple of years, he has been visiting her ... yes, visiting her.  Believing this is enough, she focuses on her work and her son.  But when she meets Jackson, this all changes and she fights the attraction she has for him knowing that if she makes a life with Jackson, she will lose Nick forever.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I thought it was okay.  It's a fast read ... everything happens pretty quickly.  It was an interesting to have the mystery but also have the supernatural aspect.

    24 comments:

    Masshole Mommy said...

    This sounds like a nice lazy Sunday afternoon book.

    Goddess Fish Promotions said...

    Thanks for hosting!

    lorimeehan said...

    The book sounds good.

    MomJane said...

    I really love the story line. A woman who is truly smart, kind and loving. The whole thing is fascinating to me.

    Elise-Maria Barton said...

    It would be a blast of my sister and I were private investigators! Watch out criminals and cheating husbands lol. Great review!

    Lynn said...

    Thank you for having me on your blog today!

    Lynn said...

    Masshole Mommy, you're a reader after my own heart. Thanks for visiting today!

    Lynn said...

    Thank you, lorimeehan!

    Karen H in NC said...

    Hi Lynn,

    I've heard of you before but have never read your books. I'm looking forward to following your tour to find out more about you and your writing. Thanks for the excerpt and I enjoyed watching the trailer.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    Lynn said...

    What you've mentioned, MomJane, were aspects that really interested me to write. Thank you for visiting!

    Lynn said...

    LOL! That's what I thought, too, when I first started the story idea. Thank you for visiting!

    Lynn said...
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    Lynn said...

    Thank you for your kind words, Karen. Thank you for stopping by.

    Melinda Campbell said...

    Thanks for this wonderful opportunity! I'm not a believer in ghosts personally, but I definitely do acknowledge that there are things that happen that can't be explained by human reasoning. ^_^

    cloud.weaver.girl AT gmail DOT com

    STEPH said...

    I'm not sure if I believe in them or not... I seem to more at night

    Lynn said...

    Thank you for your kind words! Exploring ways of processing experiences is what I'll all about, even in the form a fictional ghost, Melinda.

    Lynn said...

    Yes, don't we all question things after dark, Steph?! Thanks for visiting!

    Eva Millien said...

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing the excerpt and giveaway. Happy New Year! evamillien at gmail dot com

    RT Wolfe said...

    Love the excerpt. Best wishes, Lynn!

    magic5905 said...

    No, but I love to watch and read about them.

    Catherine Lee said...

    I like Lacey in this scene. She seems like a smart, strong character.

    NOW, ghosts, on the other hand, are less believable for me. I'm a hyper rational person and not really a ghost believer.

    HiDee said...

    We all get comfortable in our lives and it's hard to make changes outside of our comfort zone - especially when it comes to love. I enjoyed reading how Lacey coped. Good luck with this book, Lynn!

    bn100 said...

    No, I don't

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    Mary Preston said...

    I'm a believer.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com