To Capture His Heart

Shadow Mountain. (Matchmakers, Bk. 2). Oct. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781639930517. pap. $15.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Detective Nathan Winston and photographer Eva Caldwell work together on crime scenes. Then Nathan’s mother hosts her annual week-long house party that serves as a fundraiser and matchmaking event and hires Eva to photograph the party. Hoping to curtail interest from certain young ladies, Nathan asks Eva to pretend they are courting, although they both secretly harbor real feelings for each other. Shortly before the event, a villain who escaped justice threatens Nathan for imprisoning his family. As odd occurrences escalate into murder, Eva and Nathan investigate which guests might be caught up in the escaped criminal’s quest for revenge. While working together, Eva and Nathan fall deeply in love, but Eva’s past romantic history makes it hard for her to trust her heart or Nathan.
VERDICT Allen once again combines love and mystery in her second “Matchmakers” series installment (following The Matchmaker’s Lonely Heart). Readers will enjoy how the intrigue and romance increase in tandem, ratcheting up the suspense, while Eva’s competent demeanor that hides a bruised heart makes this love story all the more touching.
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