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Review: WHEN NOONDAY ENDS by Carmen DeSousa

Hope you are all having a good week so far. It is half way over!

Carmen DeSousa is really good at writing mysteries.  She categorizes her books as romantic suspense, and but they have more of a mystery quality to them in my opinion. I am always thinking throughout her books, “Who really did it?” When Noonday Ends is the second book in her Nantahala series.

Official Summary:

When a new attorney accepts a pro-bono case of an abused woman suspected of attempted murder, he ends up with more than he bargained for. She’s the ex-wife of one of the oldest and wealthiest families in Ashville, and her in-laws will stop at nothing to conceal family secrets—even murder.

Unable to ignore his attraction, he gets closer than he should. But when all evidence points to the woman he’s falling in love with, he will risk everything—his reputation, disbarment, maybe even his life to uncover the truth

My review:

In this book of the Nantahala series we read about hero Tom Turner and heroine Shelby Castle.  Tom was involved in the first book so if you haven’t read Land of the Noonday Sun, I highly recommend you read that one first, as things will make a little more sense in this one.

Tom sees Shelby for the first time in a courtroom and is drawn to her immediately. His friends and family think it’s because she looks like his ex-fiancé.  Tom sees something in Shelby that no one else sees – innocence.  He has to decide whether or not he wants to take her case.  However, once he has made up his mind to defend Shelby, her ex-husband Carlin (whom she is accused of killing) is released from the hospital and drops the charges.  Tom assumes his job is done and that is the last time he will see Shelby.

The plot thickens.  Next thing we know Carlin does in fact die and Shelby is once again arrested. From here the story continues to take twists and turns that you don’t expect.  Carlin’s father, Clayton will do anything to protect Shelby and his grandson so he hires a hot shot attorney to represent Shelby.  While Tom really wanted this case, he is okay with it because now he can act on his attraction to Shelby. We are also are introduced to June, Shelby’s crazy ex mother-in-law as well as Shelby’s protective, older brother, Andy who actually admits he killed Carlin to try and get Shelby released from jail the second time around.

Shelby is a woman who has been physically abused by her ex-husband and is sick of all these men trying to run her life. She just wants to get away from everything and protect her two-year-old son Justin.  She finds comfort and safety in Tom.  He falls hard and fast for Shelby and treats her with nothing but love and respect, which is different than she is used to from a man in her life.

Carmen does a fantastic job of balancing the romance and mystery of the story.  You will find yourself reading as quickly as you can to get to the end of the story and figure out who committed the murder and what will happen to Shelby and her son. I loved all the surprises in the story and thought the ending was perfect.  I enjoyed revisiting old characters such as Chad, Cassandra and Michelle. I hope we get to see Michelle’s story next!  There were lots of teasers about her love life in this one.  If you are looking for a romantic mystery that keeps you wondering until the end of the book, I recommend you try When Noonday Ends!

How far would you go to save your child?

 

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  1. Edie Ramer

    The way you describe it, I can see it as a movie. It would be a great one. I’m going to check this out!

    As far as how far I would go to save my child? I’d do anything I could.

    1. carmendesousa

      Thank you, Edie, for your comment. And I’m with you…anything for my children and family.

  2. carmendesousa

    Dang, Amy! You gave me chills with that last line… ‘How far would you go to save your child?’ And now I wonder why I haven’t thought of using that as a promo piece. You’re absolutely correct. I’ve said it before…I wouldn’t be the woman walking away from a kidnapper without being bloody. He’d have to drag me behind the car before someone stole my babies, and they’re now 15 and 20, and I’d still throw myself in front of a car for either of them. Awesome line, and I am sooo using it, since that was Shelby’s number one concern. 🙂

    That said, thank you for the wonderful review! As always, you teased your readers, I believe, but really didn’t reveal anything that they won’t know within the first chapters. Like Tom, I move hard and fast into my story, as you know.

    Thank you again for the wonderful review. I’m so pleased you’ve enjoyed my books enough to read every one of them, and that, as they say, is the real proof in the pudding.

    Cheers!

    Carmen

  3. Amy

    It is really hard to write a review and NOT reveal any spoilers, but I try hard. I couldn’t quite move on with my review without mentioning Carlin’s fate, but I don’t think it was a big spoiler, since it happened so early on. It was more about who did it and the journey to HEA – at least for me. 🙂

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