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Janine Jornay Chase, a reporter in Colorado, wakes up terrified. The “Tea Time Killer” who stalked her dreams in Philadelphia, is back. He killed her parents, friends, and nearly killed her. Detective Connor Dawson wants to bring the man that murdered his brother to justice. He follows a string of murders across the map to Janine’s new home in Colorado. They dated but broke up when she became obsessed with them. On his brother’s body he found a note from the killer with Janine’s initials, just like her parents’ ...
Janine Jornay Chase, a reporter in Colorado, wakes up terrified. The “Tea Time Killer” who stalked her dreams in Philadelphia, is back. He killed her parents, friends, and nearly killed her. Detective Connor Dawson wants to bring the man that murdered his brother to justice. He follows a string of murders across the map to Janine’s new home in Colorado. They dated but broke up when she became obsessed with them. On his brother’s body he found a note from the killer with Janine’s initials, just like her parents’ and friends’ bodies. In his grief, he blamed her. Despite that, he stood by her during her recovery.
Connor battles a darkness that robs him of time. The episodes become stronger as they dig deeper into the murders. When forced to discuss it they come to believe clues are buried in the episodes and start cataloging them. Working so close together fans the flames of passion they both try to deny. They give in to temptation, despite their doubts and fears. Still, neither admits it is love.
After going over all the cases, they discover all the murder victims lead to the same foundling home; the one Janine’s adoptive parents used. While investigating it, they learn Janine is one of triplets, possibly explaining her psychic-type connection. Guilt weighs heavy on her realizing the killer could be her brother. Now she is even more determined to deny her love for Connor fearing her brother will see it and erase Connor from her life. Connor stops fighting his love for her. He doesn’t tell her knowing she would push him away out of fear for his life, as he fears for her life as her connection to the killer gets stronger.
On their way to the home of an adoptee on the list they worked up of possible victims, Janine connects with her brother. She talks him out of hurting the couple. Before she can find out where he is, he closes his mind to her. While she tries to reconnect, Connor receives information about a possible home base for Janine’s brother. The place is dark, depressing, and furnished like a monk’s cell. When they find fresh blood, Janine fears he might have harmed himself in frustration.
Later when Connor checks out a lead, the brother tricks him into going to an isolated location alone and kidnaps him. When Janine calls Connor pick her up, he doesn’t answer. Fearing the worst, she attempts to connect with her brother and learns what he’s done. When they are connected, she sees things through his eyes. In this way she figures out where he has taken Connor.
She arranges for police backup, goes to the location and faces her brother. He gives Connor the poison, but Janine has the antidote. When her brother catches her administering it, he becomes furious and beats on Connor, who is still bound. Janine finds Connor’s gun and fires a warning shot. Her brother charges her and the gun goes off in their struggle. Connor, fearing Janine is shot, breaks the last of his bindings and wrestles her brother off her. Collapsing once he knows she is safe, he is taken to the hospital. While he recovers Janine learns her father and brother are paranoid schizophrenics, explaining their strange delusions.
Janine blames herself for her brother’s pitiful life because she was adopted and he wasn’t. Connor understands the guilt, because it’s what he has been fighting since his brother’s death. He convinces Janine guilt can’t change anything. Ultimately everyone is responsible for their own choices. While captive Connor decided, if he survived, he would ask her to marry him, so he does. Janine is shocked and disbelieving.
They decide to work as a team to help kids, like her brother. Kids who have problems or just don’t get adopted. Together they can show them how to love rather than hate.
Posted March 8, 2013
Sandra did it again.....I could not put down the book. It is exciting, romantic and definitely keeps your interest. Can't wait for her next one.
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