Others call her a hero.
Lexie Olympia calls herself neither. She’s getting the job done because she can. A beloved philanthropist by day who’s nicknamed Melville’s Sweetheart, Lexie has the city wrapped around her little finger. Having been a victim in the past, left behind with the killer still on the loose, Lexie knows what it’s like to live with that fear. Instead of biting her nails over it, she takes action. Drug lords, gang leaders, con artists, kidnappers, serial killers, anyone who leaves behind innocent victims are marked on Lexie’s list.
Local Private Investigator Clayton Addison finds there’s more to Lexie than meets the eye. Sweet on the outside, dark secrets that he’s uncovered underneath. Now that he knows what she’s hiding from the rest of the world, Clayton has to wonder if his time is ticking.
I’ve been a big fan and supporter of Keri Ford’s work so when I was asked to review her new mystery/suspense book (written under the pen name Charley Colins), I was glad to do it. I’ll admit, I don’t read a lot of mystery books because I’m really good at figuring them out early on which kind of ruins the story. However, this book left me totally stumped! I have some suspicions but even those I’m not sure about. What really intrigues me about this book though is that the heroine is a high society philanthropist who also happens to be a contract killer. Intrigued? I know I am and the thing is even after reading In Her Sights, I’m still intrigued because the story doesn’t end with this book. There’s more and I am so looking forward to see what’s up next for Lexie Olympia and Clayton Addison.
First off, I don’t think I could love two characters any more than these two. Lexi suffered a horrible tragedy as a child and was raised by a hodgepodge of people, and yet she is this uber kick-ass heroine and man I’d like to have her mad skills (only without the killing part because I’m a little squeamish). Honestly given her past, the associations, and they way she lives her life I was surprised when she let Clayton in. However, he’s a hard one to resist. A private eye working a case he doesn’t really want to work brings him in very close contact with Lexie. When he finds out not only who she is but what she does, it throws him and he has a hard time merging his perception of Lexie with who she really is. I have to give him huge kudos for not only being patient but really listening to her and understanding where she’s coming from. I love the interplay between these two characters from the start and honestly I was surprised they held off as long as they did before going at each other, but good things come to those who wait and these two together are very, very good.
I’ll admit I’m not so fond of the whole contract killer angle despite the fact that the people no doubt deserve it. I guess it just baffles my mind how someone can justify it, no matter what. I’m hoping in the next book we’ll understand this better.
Lexie and Clayton are both wounded souls and Charley (Keri) opened them up and let us see way inside their psyches. One thing I’ve always appreciated about her books is despite the length, her characters are well developed and that is the case with this one as well. There is a great cast of supporting characters and I can’t wait to learn more about all of them.
In my head I’m trying to classify this book because while there is some mystery to it, it’s got a lot of action, and then there is the underlying simmering heat between the two main characters. The romance aspect isn’t the main focus; I’d say the action is with the mystery coming in second. That doesn’t mean there’s not enough romance to keep you interested because the interplay between these two is hot, just be aware that there isn’t a lot of sex. After finishing this book I have a lot of unanswered questions which I’ll admit is driving me a little nuts, but I trust Charley (Keri) and know she’ll get around to answering them…hopefully soon!
I found myself enthralled with this book, maybe because it isn’t something I’d normally read, but I really think it’s because Charley (Keri) has a way of drawing you in to her stories and not letting you go. If you are looking for something new, fresh, and different…I highly recommend In Her Sights, I have no doubt you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!