Series: The Ash Trilogy

Review: If You Know Her by Shiloh Walker

Posted February 23, 2012 by Sherri in Reviews / 7 Comments

Review: If You Know Her by Shiloh Walker
If You Know Her by Shiloh Walker
Series: The Ash Trilogy #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Ballantine Books on February 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 358
Source: Author

Also in this series: If You See Her
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
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Book Description:

Book Description:
A Shadow in the Window…

Nia Hollister doesn’t scare easily. Come hell or high water, she intends to find her cousin’s killer. She returns to Ash, Kentucky, for answers. What she doesn’t expect is to ache with desire every time she sees Law Reilly. If any man can help her escape the nightmares for a while, it’s him. But can she allow herself to take comfort in those strong arms when a murderer still roams free?

Unknown to Nia, as she quietly slips into Law Reilly’s home, is that she’s being watched—by someone who is waiting for an opportunity to strike.

Timing is everything, though he can’t wait forever. If she’s not frightened, she soon will be. Nia has made a vow to find her cousin’s killer. She should be careful what she wishes for.


Sherri’s Review:
If You Know Her is the suspenseful conclusion of  Shiloh Walker’s Ash Trilogy. I would strongly suggest that you read the series in order because each book does build upon the previous one, with the mystery finally solved in this book.  Each book features a romance of two of the characters and weaves clues and scenes of the serial killer into the story.

We were introduced to Law Reilly in If You Hear Her and since then I couldn’t wait to read his romantic story.  Nia Hollister is the cousin of a victim of the serial killer and is tormented by her cousin’s murder. Even though her cousin’s murder has been solved, she returns to Ash to dig a bit deeper.  But is she digging more into the murder or the sexy guy (Law)she thinks could be connected with the murder?

It took me a bit to warm up to Nia. At first her inability to move forward after her cousin’s death was annoying for me, as I tend to dislike that in a personality. But it really wasn’t an ability to move forward, but more a desire to seek and discover the truth about the murder that was her motivator and after I recognized that I was able to accept her as a suitable heroine for my favorite guy Law and enjoy her character.  She is feisty and more than a match for Law.
Law has been one of my favorite characters from the series beginning. His disdain for everyone around him except for those he truly cares deeply about was amusing and refreshing. His wit often had me chucking out loud at times, not to mention the super hot scenes between him and Nia.  I’m glad that their romance wasn’t typical, as these two unique characters truly deserved their own story!

Interwoven with Nia and Law’s love story is the resolution of the serial killer that is stalking the women of Ash. What I found intriguing were the snapshots into the serial killer’s life within Ash and the suspense that that created in the book.  You know he is just hovering there on the edges and that the main characters are walking right next to him at times.

The book’s pacing was solid from start to finish, but the second half of the book really ramps up both the suspense and action. Once you get to this point you will not want to put the book down, as you know you are getting so close to having the mystery solved.  Overall, If You Know Her is an exciting end to a wonderful series.

Special thanks to Shiloh Walker for supplying an early review copy for the tour and The Book Vixen for coordinating the tour.  It has been a blast and I an thankful for being able to participate!  Check out the other tour stops to see what the other hosts thought:

2/20 – The Book Vixen

2/21 – Under the Covers

2/22 – I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!

2/23 – Urban Girl Reader

2/24 – Books-n-Kisses

Review:If You See Her by Shiloh Walker

Posted January 24, 2012 by Sherri in Reviews / 5 Comments

Review:If You See Her by Shiloh Walker
If You See Her by Shiloh Walker
Series: The Ash Trilogy #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Ballantine Books on January 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Source: Author

Also in this series: If You Know Her
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
A FACE IN THE MIRROR

Hope Carson may not look like a survivor, but she has escaped an abusive ex-husband and recovered from a vicious assault. Now she endures the painful memories and suspicious rumors surrounding her involvement in the attack. Her ex is a cop, so the last people she trusts are law enforcement officials—and she certainly doesn’t trust how the local DA makes her feel inside.

Remy Jennings should know better. He has no business falling for a woman who he suspects may have a deeply troubled mind. And even if he did make a move, she’d bolt like a frightened rabbit. But how can he deny a burning desire that threatens to consume him? As Hope’s past catches up with her in the worst way, Remy is determined to break through her defenses, earn her trust, and keep her safe in his arms—before it’s too late.


Sherri’s Thoughts:
I haven’t read a lot of romantic suspense novels, but if they are all like the Ash Trilogy, then I am probably going to become a junkie.

After finishing If You Hear Her, I could not wait to read If You See Her and it did not disappoint. Hope Carson and Remy Jennings were introduced in If You Hear Her and the promise of their story was just to much to wait for. I just knew it was going to be an emotional, roller coaster of a relationship and I was going to love every dip and curve.

Hope is a woman who has been through the hell of an abusive relationship.  She has come to Ash, Kentucky to visit her childhood friend Law Reilly and rebuild her life.  She meets Remy Jennings and there is an awareness, an attraction between the two of them, but due to Hope’s past she is resistant to become involved with anyone, and tries to push Remy away.

Remy is just one of those guys who just seems to good to be true but he lives up to that hype. He is strong but sensitive, and his tenderness towards Hope is very sweet to read.  I was cheering Remy all the way in his trying to earn Hope’s trust. Their relationship progressed slowly through the novel and at times it was a bit slow, but with Hope’s background it was truly realistic.

Interwoven with Hope and Remy’s love story is the pursuit of the serial killer that is stalking the women of Ash.  This mystery will have you tied up in knots trying to figure out who the killer is and even then I’m not sure you will really know who it is. Ms. Walker has done a masterful job of weaving this mystery, there are subtle clues in the story but even these facts don’t provide a clear indication of who the killer is.  I have a guess, but I’m not taking any bets that I am right.

I would strongly suggest that you read the series in order because each book does build upon the previous one. The final book in the trilogy is If You Know Her and will be published on February 28, 2012.

I give If You See Her 4 flowers and a sensuality rating of 3 flames.