A routine investigation turns deadly
Now they’re running for survival
SWAT officer Colby Vale and horse rancher Piper Caraway are left to die in the remote wilderness of the Blue Ridge Mountains. But for Colby, death is not an option. He vows to protect Piper as they navigate the treacherous way home. Surviving against nature is difficult. Fighting their attraction is harder. But when their tormentor makes his move…living to tell their tale may be impossible.
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4 1/2 STARS! Fast paced, full of action and sexual tension! With the next book in her Tennessee SWAT series, Lena Diaz brings us Colby's story. He's dedicated to his job and isn't really looking for more until he meets Piper and with a quickly escalating situation, finds himself smack dab in the middle of falling her when they're in the worst danger of their lives. The story line is quick to draw us in, and easily keeps our attention throughout. Very entertaining! Horse rancher Piper Caraway has gotten herself into a situation she can no longer control! All she wanted was to have her horse safely home, but this trip to Destiny, TN has turned into one disaster after another. Who is to blame for all of the secrets and lies that she's stumbling across? SWAT officer Colby Vale doesn't know Piper from the next person, but he certainly won't sit by and let her walk into danger alone! Abandoned in the mountains with no hope in sight of getting out before they freeze to death, Colby is determined to see this through and get Piper back to civilization ... the attraction they start to feel for each other on intensifies that desire!
Detective Colby Vale, of the Destiny Police Department, was not even on duty when he noticed a person hanging around the horses’ tents at the local fair, and of course, he cannot help himself but have a look to see if anything nefarious is going on. Piper Caraway is hoping to bring back home the horse that was stolen from her, but she couldn’t stop thinking that the good-looking guy she had spotted earlier looked like a cop, so she had to act quickly. Still, it was not quickly enough, Colby surprised her, and did not quite believe her story. Piper is not one to be deterred so easily, but Colby still caught her, and things did not quite turn out how either of them expected. That’s how they became stranded in a forest. What an aptly chose title, because our heroine is really STRANDED WITH THE DETECTIVE! While this is the fourth book in the Tennessee SWAT series, it stands perfectly on its own. And isn’t Lena Diaz the clever one! I’m not particularly a fan of the “close proximity” trope; it often seems too contrived, but this is brilliant! STRANDED WITH THE DETECTIVE is very compelling because while the story, at first, seems rather cut-and-dried, it’s definitely not the case. The plot is very complex and solid, and so well-written and so well-balanced that the romance feels entirely organic, and what a gorgeous romance it is! Both Piper and Colby are very appealing characters, people I would love to have as friends, and they are so very well-matched. I loved that a lot of the “detecting” was done through conversations between Colby and Piper; it felt natural, and it was a very clever way to bring the characters closer. STRANDED WITH THE DETECTIVE is such a smooth and pleasant ride, that it’s over before you know it! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.