About the Book:
Title: Night Prey
Series: Nighthawk Security #6
Author: Susan Sleeman
Publisher: Edge of Your Seat Books, Inc
Release Date: October 15th, 2021
She lived for upholding the law…
Defense attorney, Malone Rice, doesn’t want to go to her fifteen year class reunion. Attending means running into her former high school flame, now Portland police detective, Ian Blair. But when the committee decides to honor her for her pro-bono work with homeless teens, she knows it would be churlish not to attend. She will have to go and make the best of it.
But now the law won’t save her.
As expected, Ian attends the reunion, but what Malone doesn’t expect—could never expect—is that Ian would find her standing over their classmate’s dead body. Or that she would still have feelings for the once bad-boy of their high school. Ian’s struggling too, between arresting Malone for murder and his age-old attraction to her. He walks a tightrope, until evidence surfaces that the real killer’s still out there, and Malone becomes his prey. Can Ian overcome his feelings to focus and uncover the truth before the killer strikes again and Malone ends up dead?
Oh my goodness! We’ve reached the end of the Nighthawk series. All the Bryd brothers are happily in love, and now, Malone gets her own book! Malone is Sierra Byrd’s sister-in-law, but the Bryd and Veritas family have basically adopted her. Poor Malone and Ian had a lot to work through, but I loved watching them come together.
When an old classmate tells Malone her parent’s death wasn’t an accident, she has to find out what he knows. But she could have never expected being a witness to a murder. Police detective, Ian Blair, has had a crush on Malone since high school, but he’s not going to let his feelings get in the way of doing his job. When he finds Malone standing over a dead body, he’s forced to arrest her. But when the murderer comes for Malone, they’ll have to work together to find the real story among all the lies.
Wow! This was an exciting book with a lot of twists that I was not expecting. I kept thinking I knew who the villain was, but then someone else would pop into the scene. I was really happy that Malone and Ian worked together though. I think because I know the main characters aren’t evil it’s always a bit frustrating to me when the protagonists doubt each other. So I was very pleased that Malone and Ian didn’t have all that drama.
Malone’s character was so interesting to me! She was living in the past in a lot of ways, and she had to learn how to move on. She wasn’t willing to accept God’s plan for her life, but He was faithful even though she was a little bit bitter. One content warning is that Malone was assaulted by one of her classmate’s in high school. She never told anyone, and she doesn’t tell an authority or her brothers in the book.
Ian was such a sweet guy! He had saved Malone from rape when they were in high school, and he was still determined to protect her. He loved Malone, but he didn’t believe that he could be a good husband or father. His parents were not great, and he was worried he was going to turn into them. I felt like his growth was really realistic. It was slow because he had believed this lie his whole life, and it was hard to accept anything else.
This book was such a rollercoaster! The plot was fascinating, but there were some loose ends that I would have loved to get resolved. It was a clean read in the romance section, but like I said before, there was an attempted rape that was still negatively impacting Malone, but it was not described with a lot of detail. And there are mentions of sexual assault, and the characters witness murders. But again Ms. Sleeman does not give a lot of details which I appreciate. I had a bit of trouble staying into the story, but overall, it was still really interesting. I would recommend this to anyone who loves suspense books and has fallen in love with the Bryd brothers!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.