Shadow Valley
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Shadow Valley

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by Kate Sherwood

What could be worse than having a long-over affair with your boss—the governor—hit the headlines? Professional and personal exile. Banished from the state capital to ride out the media storm in Shadow Valley, Montana, Megan Archer is tasked with promoting cooperation between local police and the federal agents investigating the area's drug

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What could be worse than having a long-over affair with your boss—the governor—hit the headlines? Professional and personal exile. Banished from the state capital to ride out the media storm in Shadow Valley, Montana, Megan Archer is tasked with promoting cooperation between local police and the federal agents investigating the area's drug trade.

When she's rescued from a near-drowning by handsome Joe Cody, Megan thinks things might be looking up. Until she finds out that her savior is an alleged drug kingpin and head of a notorious crime family. Yes, Joe has an edge, but the attraction between them is too intense to resist. She refuses to believe that the guy who saved her is a criminal.

Megan has a responsibility to the law, but in this case a job well done might mean Joe's downfall. And as Megan uncovers more secrets, it becomes clear that Joe's not the only one in town who can't be trusted. Something's rotten in Shadow Valley...

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The cold brought Megan Archer back to herself. At first it was confusing, then terrifying. Her situation returned to her in flashes: the feel of the car losing control as it hit a patch of ice, her feet stomping with the full strength of her body on a brake pedal that produced no response, the alien scream of metal as the car slid along the guardrail and the explosive, bewildering impact of the air bag. And now, water. Cold water, seeping into the car, up to Megan's calves already, and even deeper in the backseat.

She broke out of her daze and scrambled madly, but she couldn't get anywhere, and it took her far too long to realize that it was her seat belt that restrained her. She tried to control her rising panic, and forced herself to move slowly and calmly as she unbuckled herself and reached for the door handle. The handle gave, and she pushed the door open about an inch, just enough to let in an extra gush of cold, muddy water, and then it stopped moving. She pushed harder, threw her shoulder against it, but there was no give.

"Help!" she screamed, but it was pointless. She was on a deserted stretch of mountain highway. If there was anybody close enough to hear her, they'd already have seen the situation and come to her assistance. She fought free of the deflated air bag and shifted across the bucket seats just as the car lurched, settling deeper into whatever pond or river it had found. The water began pouring in faster. She jerked the handle of the passenger door. Locked. She hit the button to release it, but nothing happened. The knot of panic in her gut twisted and tightened, and she jammed her fingers down on the lock release, then slammed it with her fist. Nothing.

Her whole hand was trembling as her fingers moved to the window button. She took a moment to collect herself, to will the car to work. But when she hit the button, there was no response. She scrambled across and frantically turned the key in the ignition, couldn't remember which way it was supposed to go and so tried all the options, her fingers bearing down on the window button the whole time. The key turned, but there were no engine sounds, no lights on the dashboard and no movement of the windows. The water was up to her waist.

She pulled her legs up onto the seat and crouched there for a moment, trying to find a plan. She needed to get out. Oh God, she needed to get out. Doors and windows wouldn't work, so she needed to find another way. She whirled around to look at the backseat. It was a two-door car, but maybe she could get out through the trunk somehow. The hatch—did it have a release on the inside? She couldn't remember, and the water was deeper behind the front seats, but she scrambled back anyhow. She took a deep breath and plunged her whole body into the water, half swimming, struggling toward the back of the car. The water was so cold it hurt her face, and seemed to slow her brain, but she needed to keep going. Her fingers found the release for the seat, and finally something worked. She was able to pull the seat forward, but then had to pull away, bringing her face back to the front seat for a desperate gasp of air. The water was halfway up the steering wheel, but she couldn't take time to think about that.

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Shadow Valley 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: Kate Sherwood Published by: Carina Press Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Book Blog For: GMTA Rating: 4 Review: "Shadow Valley" by Kate Sherwood was a short good romantic mystery read. The two people that this read was about was Megan Archer and Joe Cody. We find that Megan had recently be caught up in a affair with the governor of Montana and has be sent to "Shadow Valley." In this town there seems to have a 'marijuana problem.' On her way to "Shadow Valley," due to a car accident, Megan is saved by Cody who just happens to the in"member of the biggest pot dealing family in town." You will find that there is a lots going on within this "the mystery of where Joe's been for the last ten years and what he's really doing in the area and with his family. There's the story between Megan and the governor which is ruining her life. There's the mystery of what is really going on within the different branches of law enforcement in this small town." However, It doesn't take long for Megan and Cody become interested in each other and this is where this story really takes off and I say you must pick up "Shadow Valley" to see how this author will bring it out to its readers. You will find all of the characters well developed and very realistic in their endeavors in this intriguing novel. This is definitely a novel that you will not know from page to page what would happen next in who is or is not trustworthy. If you are in for a good mystery that does have some sweet romance...then you have come to the right place then "Shadow Valley" would be recommended to you as a good read.
twocoulters More than 1 year ago
Thanks to the publisher, Carina Press, and NetGalley for the chance to read this early! This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I wasn’t disappointed. Although, its slow start, this story has a lot to offer and I'm glad I hung in there. It all makes sense after awhile and I was constantly off balance, trying to deduce the good guys from the bad ones. The romance between Megan and Joe was pretty intense. The characters were carefully created with intricate personality traits and characteristics that make them seem realistic. This was a tasty, sweet, romantic read – just enough tension to keep me intrigued. I look forward to other books by this author. Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own