Romantic Suspense’s Rising Star Continues to Win Fans
Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.
Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead–and the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot. Worse, her friend can’t be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.
Sexual Content - 1/5
Violence - 2/5
Language - 0/5
Drugs and Alcohol - 1/5
Still Life (Chesapeake Valor Book #2) by Dani Pettrey. Avery played a small part in Cold Shot. You may remember her as the photographer that Parker hired. There was a bit of mystery about her background. In Still Life, we get to know a lot more about her as she tries to find an friend from her childhood who did not attend a very important art showing. Her friend was one of the models.
Avery is a relatively new Christian and this case takes her back to her old lifestyle and she has to battle the shame and guilt and remember that she is a new person now. She worries about Parker finding out about her old life and thinking about her differently. Parker is having his own battle of guilt as he still loves Jenna his first love from high school who was murdered before her 18th birthday and for having feelings for Avery. She's the first person he's had feelings for since Jenna.
I was so pleased that the author highlighted the characteristics that each of them loved about the other. It wasn't just a physical reaction a feeling that someone is attractive. For example, Avery is drawn to Parker’s curiosity and interest in solving problems and ability to read people. Not only does it make the relationship feel more real, it helps the reader connect with both characters even more.
In Dani Pettrey fashion. There's amazing chemistry between the characters, a mystery that keeps you guessing until the end, and a subtle faith element that makes you think and contemplate how it would apply to your life. This is a great cast of characters. You can't help but love each one of them. I was just as intrigued by Declan and Tanner’s relationship as I was by Avery and Parker's. Giffin and Kinley also make an appearance. Kate is still trying to find Luke who disappeared seven years ago. She thinks she's found a picture of him frome a private investigator she hired.
Although we find closure for Avery's friend. There is the underlying mystery around Jenna who's killer was never found and Luke who Kate is convinced is still alive. It will be interesting if he still alive to find out where he's been for the last eight years.
Sexual Content: kissing
Violence: nothing disturbing, friend missing, death
drugs/alcohol: drinking but not by any of the main characters,