Count on a Cop: Summer at the Lake

Author: Linda Barrett

Publisher: Harlequin SuperRomance

Release Date: May 12, 2009

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.0

Format: PRINT

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Widow and single mom Kristin McCarthy lost her husband, John, four years ago to a brain tumor.  Doing the best she can to raise their eleven-year-old daughter, Ashley, on her own, Kristin is blindsided when an unknown man rapes Ashley in a movie theater restroom. The little girl hasn’t spoken or gone to school since the assault, so Kristin borrows a friend’s summer house near Morningstar Lake in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York in an attempt to heal the hurt and fear they both feel.  When the beautiful notes of a saxophone float through the air from a nearby lakehouse, Kristin and Ashley both wonder who could be playing such beautiful music, not realizing their lives are about to be changed forever by its player.

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.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Sherri Myers

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