ROMANCE

Don’t Look

Zebra: Kensington. (Pike, Wisconsin, Bk. 1). Dec. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781420151428. pap. $8.99. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
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Sheriff’s son Kir Jansen has just returned from Boston to his hometown of Pike, WI, for his father’s funeral where he runs into Dr. Lynne Gale, the local veterinarian. He hasn’t seen Lynne since high school, but the caring yet independent vet is still as lovely as ever. Before his death, Kir’s father was convinced that a murderer was planning to kill off the women of Pike. He even had letters from the supposed murderer to prove it, yet everyone, from Kir to the sheriff, believed this to be only the ramblings of the alcoholic Rudolph had become. Now that a woman has been slaughtered in a manner eerily predicted in the letters, Kir is spending his nights at Lynne’s house to keep her safe. As the bodies pile up at the same time as their romance heats up, Kir and Lynne investigate possible suspects to learn what his father is trying to tell him from beyond the grave and to stop a killer before Lynne becomes the next victim.
VERDICT Although prolific Ivy’s (The Intended Victim) latest is formulaic, readers will still eagerly turn the pages to see if their suspicions about the killer’s identity are correct and to insure Kir and Lynne will find their happily ever after. The physical romantic scenes are few and far between, as the focus of the plot is on the emotional connection between the two main characters and the elements of suspense.

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