DEEPER THAN NEED
This is a novel full of tension: There is lots of sexual tension, which makes the romance more real, and there is the tension of a slowly revealed evil, which lurks beneath, bubbling under the entire plotline. The characters lack some of the crystallized focus that is so lovely in many of Walker’s works, but this is book one in a series, so we can expect more details later.
Trinity Ewing needs a new start, a sort of reboot for her life, and she thinks she has found the perfect place for it. She is rehabbing an old house in Madison, Ind., so she and her young son can build a future there. She has found a good contractor in Noah Bennington; she likes his work, even though he is too attractive for comfort. Now if things can just go smoothly, she’ll be on her way. Noah knows that Trinity cannot possibly know about the history of her house, or she never would have bought it. He hates being there, but she is a lovely woman with an adorable little boy, and he cannot abandon her to the shadows that haunt the house. But when a body is found in the basement, it brings his old demons front and center, and he is not the only one. These two damaged people could find their way to a happily-ever-after if the old evils would just leave them alone. Can they escape the past? (ST. MARTIN’S, Jun., 384 pp., $7.99)