WHY I READ IT
CP Smith has quickly become one of my favorite authors with her strong lead characters and clever writing.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Author Nicola Royse dreamed of Scottish Highlanders as a teen then wrote about them as an adult. Always looking but never finding her own White Knight, she still held out hope that he would one day ride up on his trusty steed. He rode up all right, on a silver Harley with heat in his eyes and a detective’s badge on his hip while she and her friends plotted her first contemporary romantic suspense. Of course, life couldn’t’ imitate art without a killer on the loose, one that had Nicola and her friends in his sights.
Detective Dallas Vaughn dedicated his life to catching killers. Then one day he bumped into the girl-next-door, and all that changed. Now he’s her White Knight fighting against a Dark Prince—one who would love to see her dead.
I love when you know what you are getting when you read one of your favorite authors. When it comes to CP Smith, you know you are getting a fast paced story, multi-dimensional characters, well-written alpha males (something you don’t get very often these days) and strong, take-no-crap female characters. Property Of has all of this and more!
Within the first few pages of this book, I was smiling. I LOVED Nicola. Her character immediately jumped off the page at me. She was snarky, endearing, and someone I instantly wanted to be friends with. Nicola was a triplet with her brothers, Finn and Bo, who made me laugh every time they showed up on the page. Nicola was a fierce woman, but I really enjoyed watching her brothers make fun of her AND stick up for her.
“Nicola’s talking to her cats again.”
“What’s she saying this time?” Bo hollered back.
“Apparently, she thinks she’s gonna get drunk and then get laid.”
“Excellent, I could use a good workout. I haven’t beaten the shit out of a guy in years,” he answered.
Having an excellent group of friends is another quality that Nicola has going for her, even if she doesn’t have the guy she dreams about and writes about. Nicola writes Highlander historical fiction, and some of my favorite scenes were when Nicola would imagine herself as part of her books. She would talk in the historical language of her stories and it gave so much depth to her character. You weren’t just told she was an author. You see it and feel it. Nicola dreams of finding a man like the ones she writes about, but unfortunately, Nicola is convinced that men like that no longer exist.
She has yet to meet Dallas Vaughn………..yet.
“…Lord that mouth looked like it could kiss you so thoroughly you’d forget your name, your mother’s name and the boy you lost your virginity to.”
Dallas is everything you want in your alpha male. He’s broody; a man of few words, but the words he does use pack a punch. He’s a police detective working a serial killer case and he is bad ass while doing it. When Dallas meets Nicola, he’s decided he needs to know her better, but he thinks she is with someone already, which brings his broodiness to a whole other level. One of the many traits I enjoyed about Dallas was, what Dallas wants, Dallas gets… and it’s Nicola he wants, meddling twins be dammed.
“This shit you just pulled all evening, I get it. But just so you now, if I wanted her, you wouldn’t have stopped me. Are we clear?”
“And just so you know, you won’t be able to stop me either.”
Watching Dallas and Nicola navigate a new relationship while a serial killer looms in the background was a lot of fun. CP knows how to make romance and suspense work together. You never have to sacrifice one for the other. The secondary characters never really take a back seat, and are just as fleshed out as the main characters. CP paints a beautiful images for you to immerse yourself in while reading. You become a part of the story as you picture yourself in the scenes. The suspense and mystery will keep you guessing until the end. CP Smith gives us another outstanding story and I cannot wait to see what she has up her sleeve next.
“True love doesn’t happen in a moment of our choosing. It sneaks up on us accidentally in a single heartbeat, a single flutter, an inexplicable moment that changes our world and keeps us off balance until the day we die.”