ALMOST FOREVER: An Austin Heroes Novel (Austin Heroes #2)
Justin Archer is a Texas Ranger through and through, a loyal man devoted to the dangerous job he loves. But when the grisly discovery of a skeleton in a local vineyard turns an old missing-persons case into a vicious homicide, Justin finds that the toughest challenge of his professional career will be keeping his hands off his chief suspect: the dead man’s beautiful, young trophy wife. Did Lori Roberts kill for vast material gain? The only thing Justin knows for sure is that their chemistry is instantaneous—and overpowering.
Lori worked hard to build a new life for herself and her daughter. She turned her husband’s struggling vineyard into a thriving enterprise, and now she stands to lose it all over something that happened eight years ago. Justin could lock her up and throw away the key, but Lori desperately wants to trust him. More than that, she wants to let him into her wounded heart. Because Lori’s been running from the past for a long time . . . and she’s ready to start living for the future.
This is the second book in this series. It opens with a discovery of a body in a field and it has been there awhile. Turns out eight years and a Texas Ranger Justin Archer is assigned the cold case. He first must drive out to a winery and notify the widow that they found her husband and the condition he was in. he is surprised by the look of the winery and by who many people are there. He is a beer drinker. He is surprised that the widow is not that old and is very good looking, and that she has a nine year old daughter. Once he makes the notification he begins to dig into the case and he finds out that the husband was not a very nice man, he had multiple affairs, and spending money they didn’t have, and was planning on selling the winery before his death. It is looking like the wife, but she cashed in a life insurance policy and the more he looks into it the more he is thinking she is innocent. They are also starting to become attracted to one another, and this gets him kicked off the case. This is a very good story of who done it with another mystery also going on. Along with the Justin and Lori working on themselves to see if they can have a relationship. A very good story. I got this book from netgalley. I gave it 5 stars.
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