Brianna Chapman has learned to handle just about anything. Witnessing the murder of her parents had that effect. Knowing the unsolved arson had been meant for her is the one thing she can’t handle. Instead of dwelling, she stuffs her guilt soundly into her subconscious through diving into the teaching job she loves by day and the dirt of the landscaping business she owns by night. Her habit of remaining aloof to personal relationships is, well, working.
Will her guilt be as easy to keep buried if the killer comes back to finish the job?
In the midst of juggling a scorched yard, dead animals on her doorstep, and her vandalized car, the one thing she didn’t count on was the staggering Nathan Reed. A nationally renowned woodworking artist, Nathan and his two priceless nephews move into the run-down historical house behind her and over Black Creek. They have a canny way of maneuvering around her aloof demeanor and into her heart. Will they still want to be part of her life when they discover she is haunted by past memories and hunted by present dangers?
R.T. Wolfe has set the standard when it comes to "romantic suspense" or "mystery romance" with the fantastic job she has done here with Black Creek Burning. I found that once I started reading I was sucked in and couldn't stop. I started in the evening and stayed up until 4 am when I was to tired to continue only to pick it up first thing so I could finish.
Brianna is an amazing heroine and exactly what you want in a lead character she is strong and self assured, she is able and willing to stand on her own two feet but isn't so full of her own need to be independent that she can't see a very good thing, like Nathan, right in front of her.
Nathan is full of support and kindness, he gives Brianna room when she needs it and is he shoulder to cry too. He has adopted his nephews after they lost both parents in an accident and is a brilliant artist when it comes to wood working. He is handsome and not willing to let Brianna throw up any road blocks in their relationship.
I loved the plot twist and turns, I adore Nathan and also his darling nephews, This one kept me guessing and I had an idea of who it was then threw that out for another idea more than once. It was a fantastically written mystery as well as a great love story with enough spice to keep it fun.
Black Creek Burning©/R.T. Wolfe/Short excerpt/Chapter 6
“When is the rest of your family coming?” she asked before she realized how that sounded.
“Rest of my family?” Nathan tilted his head toward the boys who were gleefully battling scar-faced monsters driving Corvettes and Camaros.
“You made reference to your wife.” Her eyes moved around thoughtfully. He said that, hadn’t he?
“I would not have made the reference, since there isn’t one. I’m divorced.”
“Yes, you did. You said your family was at your parents’ home when I came to bring your dog back to you.”
The two of them centered the table under her traditional, crystal chandelier.
“The boys were at my folks and they are my family. You know, you wouldn’t have to move your kitchen table if you had one for your dining room.”
“I told you, it was burned,” she said quickly.
“I guess I thought you were being sarcastic. How did it happen?”
“That’s a subject I don’t have time for.” She turned and started upstairs. “I need to change.”
She felt his fingers, rough and possessive, wrap around her arm. Gently, he turned her around. He held on carefully when she tried to pull away.
As she looked into the blue, he whispered, “I’m sorry. I know what it’s like to suddenly lose someone you love.”
Shaken, she felt exposed as she responded, “I never said I lost anyone.”
Nathan released her arm and lifted his hand near her face. He paused as she watched him before running the backs of his fingers down her cheek.
“True. I’m going to work on setting around your stack of folding chairs.”
As she moved up the stairs, she laid the palm of her hand where his fingers had touched her and swore she felt heat.
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R.T. Wolfe’s romantic suspense, Black Creek Burning, is the first in a series set in beautiful upstate New York. She enjoys creating diverse characters and twining them together in the midst of an intelligent mystery and a heart encompassing romance.
It’s not uncommon to find dark chocolate squares in R.T.’s candy dish, her Golden Retriever at her feet and a few caterpillars spinning their cocoons in their terrariums on her counters. R.T. loves her family, gardening, eagle-watching and can occasionally be found viewing a flyover of migrating whooping cranes.
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