NYPD hostage negotiator Rick Cooper had been a cop for twelve years when a failed hostage situation resulted in the deaths of three people including a little girl. Doubting his ability and feeling guilty, he packed up his therapy dog, a German shepherd named Quincy, and his saxophone, and headed to the one place he felt would help him figure out what to do, Morningstar Lake.
When Kristin and Ashley meet Rick, their sax-playing neighbor, they aren’t sure if they want to be friendly with him once they learn he is a cop. Since the police in charge of Ashley’s case have pretty much given up ever finding the attacker, they really don’t trust cops much. However, Ashley and Quincy quickly become attached to each other and she begins talking to him. Can they help each other to heal from all the trauma and pain they’ve each been through?
SUMMER AT THE LAKE by best-selling author Linda Barrett is from Harlequin SuperRomance’s Count on a Cop series. I have always loved and enjoyed Ms. Barrett’s down-to-earth, likeable characters and realistic storylines. This story was sometimes painful to read as it told the tale of a little girl who was raped and all of the hurt that resulted from it. I just wanted to wrap her in my arms and let her know I cared about her. Rick seemed like a nice guy who just needed to work through his grief and I felt for Kristin and couldn’t imagine myself in her position. Ms. Barrett’s SUMMER AT THE LAKE touched a soft place in my heart, and I recommend this wonderful story of romance, love, and healing to anyone in search of a great read.