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* Blog Tour/Book Review * BUTTERFACE by Avery Flynn

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* Blog Tour/Book Review * BUTTERFACE by Avery FlynnButterface by Avery Flynn
Series: The Hartigans
Published by Entangled: Amara on July 30, 2018
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It’s true. I’m not what most people would call “pretty” and, well, high school was rough. Fast forward ten years and life is good…

Until a bunch of jerks think it’s hilarious to put the “butterface” (AKA me) on a wedding Kiss Cam with the hottest guy ever—and that old humiliation hits hard.

I recognize him immediately. The sexiest cop in Waterbury and totally out of my league.

But then he kisses me. And we totally forget the room, the crowd, everything.

Then he tells everyone we’ve been dating for months.

Soon everything starts to feel too real, from adorable fights over “necessary” tools to fix my broken porch to surviving a free-for-all dinner with his six siblings to picking up where our last kiss left off.

But there’s something he’s not telling me about why he’s really hanging around, and I’m pretty sure it has to do with my mob-connected brothers.

Because this is not a make-over story, and Cinderella is only a fairy tale…


What a delicious story! So on the average day, we pick up a novel depicting a gorgeous heroine who turns every head around right? Well, our dear Avery Flynn has decided to give it to us straight and showcase one of us that isn’t so perfect for a change! It’s fun, it’s sad, it’s oh so true … and best yet, it teaches a message if you’re willing to open your eyes and see it. Words hurt people … and we all deserve love and true friends as much as the next person! I adored Gina and Ford together, the secondary cast of family and friends were great additions, and the overall plot was interesting. Looking forward to more in the series!

Wedding planner Gina Luca knows she’s not pretty. Life has been one hard lesson after another in what’s expected and acceptable and she’s just simply not it, but she’s top notch at what she does, dependable, and the bomb when it comes to being a friend, so it’s not all bad! She thought she was over the mob mentality anxiety that grew from her childhood trauma at the hands of the other not so nice kids, but when she has the bad luck of being stuck by the most handsome man in the room on a Kiss Cam at a wedding, she’s mortified! They can’t expect this guy to kiss her … he’d never live it down!

Detective Ford Hartigan is only too happy to get his hands on her, but isn’t sure why she seems so put off by him. Once he catches wind of the razzing she gets on a fairly regular basis, he gets why she thinks he wouldn’t take her seriously … but he’s here to tell her that he does. He likes her … a lot! Only problem is, his job just might be pushing him in her direction as well to see what kind of info might be floating around about her mobster brothers!





“I love the heck out of this book! It’s super fresh and hysterical.” — Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author

Butterface, a hot romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author Avery Flynn, is AVAILABLE NOW!

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Looks aren’t everything.

It’s true. I’m not what most people would call “pretty” and, well, high school was rough. Fast forward ten years and life is good…

Until a bunch of jerks think it’s hilarious to put the “butterface” (AKA me) on a wedding Kiss Cam with the hottest guy ever-and that old humiliation hits hard.

I recognize him immediately. The hottest cop in Waterbury and totally out of my league.
But then he kisses me.
And we totally forget the room, the crowd, everything.
Then he tells everyone we’ve been dating for months.

Soon everything starts to feel too real, from adorable fights over “necessary” tools to fix my broken porch to surviving a free-for-all dinner with his six siblings to picking up where our last kiss left off.

But there’s something he’s not telling me about why he’s really hanging around, and I’m pretty sure it has to do with my mob-connected brothers.

Because this is not a makeover story, and Cinderella is only a fairy tale…


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“Do not disrespect the Kiss Cam, Hartigan!” someone bellowed out as the chanting crowd grew more restless. And louder.

“One quick kiss,” he said, his tone grim with a thread of something more vulnerable underneath. “Then, they’ll leave us alone.”

That’s when Gina’s gaze moved from her own face, blotchy with embarrassment on the screen, over to him. The tips of his ears were scarlet, and he was tapping the tips of his middle finger and thumb together like he was keeping rhythm for a ska band.

He was hiding it better, but the reality was he wasn’t enjoying this anymore than she was.

Glancing from the screen to the actual man himself, her lungs tightened. He was a big guy, and she wasn’t just talking about his broad shoulders that filled out his tux to a mouthwatering degree. He had to have at least four inches on her own five foot ten.

He glanced down, making eye contact, and for a second they weren’t the hottie and the nottie. They were two people stuck in a completely socially awkward situation that they had no control over.

She nibbled the inside of her cheek and considered her options before deciding that Ford was right. A quick peck would get the videographer out of their faces and divert the boisterous crowd’s attention to another couple happier to indulge in this bit of insanity. Then, she could finish up the last of her duties and go home to her peaceful, if totally messy, mid-renovation Victorian.

She let out a shaky breath, not sure she was making the right decision. “Fine. A kiss. Whatever.”

Gina had barely gotten the words out when his large hands cupped her face, sending electric shock waves through her that made her lips part slightly with surprise. He dipped his head down-and he kissed her.

The roar of approval from the crowd faded to almost nothing when he seemed to groan involuntarily. Her body approved and made an answering sound of its own. At her encouragement, his tongue slicked across her bottom lip, and her mind lost all reasonable thought. Teasing her senses and sending her heartbeat into overdrive, she softened against him, practically melting against his hard, muscular chest. Somewhere in the back of her mind she registered that people were cheering. She just couldn’t for the life of her care. The world turned electric as the air practically vibrated against her skin as he deepened the kiss. His tongue swept against hers in a brief but oh-so-potent move that had her clutching his lapel before she’d even realized she’d lifted her hands.

Then, almost as soon as it began, he lifted his head and stepped back, breaking the connection.

Dazed, she released his tuxedo jacket and looked around, catching sight of herself on the giant screen. Her face was flushed and her eyes hazy. She pressed her fingers to her still-tingling lips. She looked like a woman who’d been kissed senseless, which made sense because that was exactly what had just happened.

About Avery
USA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.


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* Review * GONE by Shirlee McCoy

* Review * GONE by Shirlee McCoyGone by Shirlee McCoy
Series: FBI: Special Crimes Unit #2
Published by Love Inspired Suspense on July 1, 2018
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Agent Undercover…Identity Exposed

The FBI: Special Crimes Unit series continues

FBI agent Sam Sheridan’s mission is to take down a human trafficking ring and save missing teens—until he witnesses a kidnapping. Blowing his cover, Sam rescues Ella McIntire. But she’s not safe yet. While searching for the truth about her cousin’s death, Ella came too close to a dangerous secret. And now only Sam can protect her from the men determined to silence her.


Gripping intrigue! We’re quickly pulled into the story as the second book in Shirlee McCoy’s FBI: Special Crimes Unit series kicks off. The characterization is strong as this pair try to figure out who’s guilty of what and whether they can count on each other to help get the bad guys. An entertaining read for sure!

FBI Special Agent Sam Sheridon is undercover on a missing teen/human trafficking assignment when he sees a woman being kidnapped and blows his cover to rescue her.

Ella McIntire doesn’t believe the stories that are being told about her cousin’s death, so while she’s in town packing up her belongings, she’s doing some investigation on her own. She never expects to get hit over the head and kidnapped in doing so! She’s super thankful Sam was there to save her, but she’s not sure how much info she can trust him with.


* Review * WHEN YOU KNEW by Jamie Beck

* Review * WHEN YOU KNEW by Jamie BeckWhen You Knew by Jamie Beck
Series: The Cabots #3
Published by Montlake Romance on June 26, 2018
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An unlikely couple must decide what truly defines family.

Gentry Cabot’s rebellious life comes to a screeching halt when a one-night stand leads to a sobering new reality: motherhood. Exhausted and overwhelmed, the former wild child struggles to raise an infant on her own. After a lifetime of feeling like the odd Cabot out, Gentry knows that what her son needs most is family. For his sake, she plans to rebuild bridges with them, but first she needs a little help on the home front.

Humanitarian worker Ian Crawford has devoted his life to service. Forced to temporarily return stateside, he’s eager to head back to Haiti to expand the nonprofit he just founded in his late father’s honor. He can’t do that without money, so when Gentry offers a hefty paycheck for a short-term gig as a live-in nanny, he can’t afford to say no. Ian expects to deal with a barrage of privileged problems. What he doesn’t expect is how quickly being a makeshift father transforms him.

Despite his growing attachment to Gentry and her child, Ian still has his dreams, and Gentry wants a full-time dad for her son. When the baby’s father reenters the picture, will Gentry and Ian embrace the family they’ve formed or end up worlds apart?


Heartfelt, adorable and sexy to boot! We are quickly drawn in to the story of a mom who’s crying baby is grating on her nerves, then help arrives in the form of a sexy man who has the magic baby whisperer touch! The characters are both flawed in their thinking about themselves, but help each other to see another side that they didn’t realize existed. I loved them together … and the added mix of another man coming back into the picture really gave them a run for their money! Good story!!

Wild child Gentry Cabot has spent a lifetime living down to people’s expectations for her. She’s the black sheep of the family, the one no one thinks will amount to much, the one that will always bring the drama. A one-night stand leaves her with the unexpected blessing of a son who though he tries her patience and sanity, she adores. She has to get back to work soon or her family is going to use that against her too … but she has to find someone she trusts to leave Colton with!

EMT and humanitarian worker Ian Crawford happens to be in Portland visiting his Mom before he heads back to Haiti to continue his life’s dream of dedicating a training facility to his father in honor of his work helping ravaged countries. He finds himself needing some fast cash, so when Gentry offers him a temporary live-in nanny position, he can’t really pass up a free place to live and cash in his pocket to fund his trip back to Haiti. Only trouble is, he starts to really enjoy this read-made family he’s living in. She’s a dream come true, that baby’s a doll … but can he give up his dream for them? And when the baby’s father re-enters the picture, what kind of wrench will that throw into the scenario?


* Review * MAKE ME CRAVE by Katee Robert

* Review * MAKE ME CRAVE by Katee RobertMake Me Crave by Katee Robert
Series: Make Me #2
Published by Harlequin Dare on July 1, 2018
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“I crave you…”

Can their hunger be satisfied?

Roman Bassani will do anything to close a deal. Even chase down Allie Landers on her Caribbean vacation to make an offer on her company. He expects a challenge—but not their immediate intense attraction. After an accidental one-night stand they agree to put business aside—for now. The island lulls them into a heated sexual journey…but what happens to their opposing interests when they return from paradise?


Interesting enemies to lovers storyline! I was quickly drawn into the plot as two strong characters each put their stand point out in front of us quickly. When they come face to face and the attraction is out of this world hot, it’s fun to watch them decide to forget about business for a few days and simply enjoy! Fun read.

Businessman Roman Bassani goes above and beyond for his clients, so when he has an offer that has to be presented in a hurry, he has no choice but to track down the owner of the business he wants to acquire while she’s on vacation!

Allie Landers might be in need of investors to save her business from downfall, but she’s not willing to walk away from her passion project. She will stay at the helm and find someway to make it work … regardless of how she feels about the sexy man in front of her promising the moon!


* Review * BROKEN PROMISE by Tara Thomas

* Review * BROKEN PROMISE by Tara ThomasBroken Promise by Tara Thomas
Series: Sons of Broad
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on June 26, 2018
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Charleston Police Officer Alyssa Adams made a promise years ago to protect innocent women from harm. Now, she won’t rest until she can reunite every lost daughter with her family. Bring closure to every grieving husband. And, most of all, find out what happened the night her own sister disappeared, more than ten years ago…

As the eldest of the Benedict brothers, Kipling will stop at nothing to protect his family from a threat that aims to destroy them once and for all. But when a long-lost sibling is kidnapped by a powerful adversary, Alyssa is the only one he can turn to to get her back.

As Alyssa and Kipling band together to find their lost siblings, a powerful attraction builds between them that they can’t ignore. As the truth comes to light, will one broken promise tear them apart?


An explosive conclusion to the mystery that’s been haunting the Benedict family! If you’ve been following along with the series, you will recognize both of the main characters of this story. Kip has been flirting with sexy cop Alyssa throughout the series and it’s finally time for him to make his move. We weave through more mystery and chaos before finally discovering who The Gentleman is and to what lengths he’s gone to and why in his quest to ruin the Benedicts. Really enjoyed the series and felt like this was a fitting ending!

Charleston police officer Alyssa Adams pledged her life years ago to helping victimized women and to bringing justice for their families, and in this book we find out where her passion came from. She had an older sister she adored that went missing a decade ago and was never heard from again. She’s determined to one day find out exactly what happened to her, and the way things are shaking out with the Benedict case, she might be getting closer than she ever though possible!

Kipling Benedict can’t deny a major attraction to Alyssa every time she’s been around during this family trouble of late, so any opportunity to get up close and personal with her is a pleasure … but this time, he really needs her help! Turns out their long-lost sister that they only recently learned of has now been taking by whoever it is that’s torturing their family. He needs Alyssa to help him figure out who it is and track her down before it’s too late!


* Review * CRAVING HEAT by Adrienne Giordano

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* Review * CRAVING HEAT by Adrienne GiordanoCraving Heat by Adrienne Giordano
Series: Steele Ridge: The Kingstons #1
Published by Steele Ridge LLC on July 29, 2018
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Maggie Kingston is a woman working in a man’s world…and doing a damn good job. Being Steele Ridge’s first female sheriff isn’t easy. Especially when your cousins are magnets for trouble. The Steeles do everything the hard way, but Maggie’s tougher than she looks. Nothing shakes this sheriff until her cousin brings one of his superstar players—and the accompanying media circus—to town. The press can’t get enough of the sexy quarterback. And neither can Maggie…

Jayson Tucker devoted his whole career to the New York Knights. So when the team takes a rookie’s side over his after a locker room brawl, he takes refuge from the spotlight. Except reporters aren’t the only ones after him. Someone wants Jayson benched. Permanently. When the threat becomes deadly, hiding won’t be enough. And in Steele Ridge, security comes in the luscious form of its gorgeous, no-nonsense sheriff.

Jayson’s always fought his own battles. The closer he gets to Maggie, the less he’s willing to risk her being caught in the crossfire. Yet Maggie is no damsel in distress. She’s more than capable of keeping her town—and her man—safe. But can she say the same about her heart?


Love when she least expects it! If you’ve been a fan of the Steele Ridge series, you will most definitely recognize the heroine of this book as the Steele family cousin, Maggie. She’s always riding to the rescue when they need it, and this first book in the spin-off series about her family The Kingstons is no different. She might have met her match this time in a take charge alpha male that gives her a run for her money! I loved them together! Great read, and I’m looking forward to more of the sibling stories!

Maggie Kingston has her job cut out for her as the Sheriff in Steele Ridge, but as we’ve seen time and time again from seeing her clean up after her trouble-attracting cousins, she’s up to the challenge! When Grif brings one of his high-powered clients to town, it brings a media circus like the town has never seen before and leads to problem after problem for Maggie. She’d be even more mad about it … if she wasn’t enjoying every sexy inch of this guy so much!

Quarterback Jayson Tucker just had his career crumble down around him after a moment of anger towards a teammate in the locker room played out in front of the media. He’s trying to pick up the pieces of the betrayal by the team he’s put his all into for all of these years, and finding out there’s something shady going on with a charity endorsement is just icing on the cake. Danger seems to be rearing it’s ugly head in his direction, and the law in Steele Ridge makes it her personal mission to make sure every inch of him is protected … and lusted after!



* Review * SANDPIPER SHORE by Debbie Mason

* Review * SANDPIPER SHORE by Debbie MasonSandpiper Shore by Debbie Mason
Series: Harmony Harbor
Published by Forever on June 26, 2018
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There's nothing Jenna Bell loves more than a happily-ever-after. That's why being a wedding planner is her dream job - until the groom is Logan Gallagher. She's had a crush on him since . . . well, forever. And now she has to make his day magical as he walks down the aisle without her.

As a secret service agent, Logan's already married - to his career. A wife was never in his plan, until he finds out he needs to marry the woman he's been protecting. He takes his latest assignment in stride, but when he sees Jenna again, he can't deny the attraction sparking between them. Can he really say "I do" if it means saying goodbye to the woman of his dreams?


A quirky case of I do, but I don’t! Various tidbits of humor spread throughout a complex plot coming together to form a large mystery and revelation. You have to be willing to spread your mind to fully appreciate a lot of the aspects of this series … but if you can, it’s cute and has a lot of great characters in if. Enjoyable!

Matchmaker turned wedding planner Jenna Bell’s life has been in a bit of turmoil of late. Snookered out of her true desire, betrayal by one she thought shared her future, secrets revealed that break her heart yet again. She’s not so sure she can handle one more thing on top of it all … especially when that one more thing is planning the wedding of the man she has been crushing on and thought reciprocated her feelings!

Secret service agent Logan Gallagher comes from a naturally dramatic family. There always seems to be something going on at Greystone Manor, so it should be of no surprise to add one more thing to the list. He isn’t sure why the wedding planner seems so out of sorts with him, but he’s going to get to the bottom of what he can’t recall before it’s too late!


* Review * DEVOTED TO PLEASURE by Shayla Black

* Review * DEVOTED TO PLEASURE by Shayla BlackDevoted to Pleasure by Shayla Black
Series: A Devoted Lovers Novel
Published by Berkley on July 3, 2018
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Bodyguard and former military man Cutter Bryant has always done his duty--no matter the cost. Now he's taking one last high-octane assignment before settling down in a new role that means sacrificing his chance at love. But he never expects to share an irresistible chemistry with his beautiful new client.


As the star of a steamy television drama, Shealyn West knows fame well, but it has come at the expense of her heart. With a blackmailer watching her every move and the threat of career-ending exposure looming, Shealyn hires Cutter to shore up her security and keep her safe, never imagining their attraction will be too powerful to contain.

As Shealyn and Cutter navigate the scintillating line between business and pleasure, they unravel a web of secrets that threaten their relationship and their lives. When danger strikes, Cutter must decide whether to follow his heart for the first time, or risk losing Shealyn forever.


Secrets always have a way of coming out! An interesting story of finding love when you least expect it in the midst of a scandal about to happen! The main characters are both fairly complex with their own backgrounds telling their own story while their futures are both in turmoil playing out with them pretending things they don’t want to be doing anymore. I enjoyed it!

Actress Shealyn West has experienced great success in her career, but her fame has also had consequences. No privacy, having to pretend to date a costar for the good of her image and show, and the latest downfall is a blackmailing scheme come to light about a past mistake she’d do anything to take back. She decides to hire a bodyguard to shore up her security before this all plays out.

Former military man turned bodyguard Cutter Bryant is planning on making the ultimate sacrifice of his own happiness for a friend after he settles this upcoming job. When he steps into the middle of Shealyn’s life, he quickly realizes that there’s more to her story than she’s told him. He sets out to find out the details of what’s going on and figure out a way to take down the enemy. In the midst of doing so, he and Shea are drawn to each other and start a relationship … but when she finds out he’s promised elsewhere, it all starts to fall apart!


* Review * LAW OF ATTRACTION by Alison Bliss

* Review * LAW OF ATTRACTION by Alison BlissLaw of Attraction by Alison Bliss
Series: Tangled in Texas
Published by Entangled: Amara on June 25, 2018
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For single mom Bobbie Jo Weston, finding a husband is not on her to-do list. She's focused on turning a run-down chicken farm into a Bed and Breakfast. She agrees to let a friend’s nephew stay with her in exchange for his handyman skills, but she wasn’t counting on the super sexy Seth Landry being that guy.

Seth has a special skill-set, all right, but it has nothing to do with hammering nails. As a retired member of The Resistance—an elite group of ex-military soldiers—his dark, unsettling past haunts him. He needs a place to lay low, and an out-of-the-way B and B is nothing short of perfect. The blonde beauty doesn’t trust men, and he doesn't plan on sticking around long enough to change her mind.

The closer they get, the more they can't seem to keep their hands off each other. And while Bobbie holds on to her fear of watching another man walk out of their lives, Seth's mere presence has put them all in jeopardy. The only way to ever be free of his dangerous past is for him to accept one last mission...


Bobbie Jo finally finds her man! If you’ve been a fan of the Tangled in Texas series by Alison Bliss, you will recognize Bobbie Jo and her boys, the best friends a girl could ever want! It was a lot of fun to watch her sassy self find a man who could hold his own with her, but could also make her feel treasured for a change! Good characters, a solid plot and lots of fun.

Bobbie Jo Weston has her heart set on making a better life for her son when she buys a 20 acre farm and plans to turn it into a bed and breakfast. The place needs a ton of work and there’s only so much she can get done in a day, so when an opportunity comes up to have an extra pair of hands around the house, she takes it!

Seth Landry appreciates all that his uncle is doing for him in setting up a work for keep arrangement with Bobbie. He’s needing to lay low and heal his mind a bit after leaving the military like life he had been leading. Things happened in his past that he can never walk away from, but spending time with Bobbie and her son are like a breath of fresh air. They can’t deny their attraction for long, and he adores her kid as well … but when his past comes back to haunt him, will he have any kind of future left in this town?


* Review * BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris

* Review * BRING ME BACK by B.A. ParisBring Me Back Published by St. Martin's Press on June 19, 2018
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She went missing. He moved on. A whole world of secrets remained—until now.

Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone—never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story.

Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close and now they intend to remain together. Still, there’s something about Ellen that Finn has never fully understood. His heart wants to believe that she is the one for him...even though a sixth sense tells him not to trust her.

Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla—hiding in plain sight. There are other odd occurrences: Long-lost items from Layla’s past that keep turning up around Finn and Ellen’s house. Emails from strangers who seem to know too much. Secret messages, clues, warnings. If Layla is alive—and on Finn’s trail—what does she want? And how much does she know?

A tour de force of psychological suspense, Bring Me Back will have you questioning everything and everyone until its stunning climax.


Worlds collide and secrets abound in the latest thriller from B. A. Paris! We are led to believe one thing, but told secrets along the way, but nothing can prepare us for the truth! It’s a bit out there because we’re hearing from different points of view and different time periods, but you can’t help but be riveted and want to keep turning the pages to get to the truth!

Finn McQuaid was in love with Layla Gray … newly engaged, enjoying life! While on vacation, he stopped at a rest stop, locked the doors and left Layla sleeping in the car … when he came back she was gone. Simply vanished. No clues, no answers. At least that’s what he told the police and wants everyone to believe … but there was more to the story.

Ten years later, life went on for Finn and he’s now engaged to Layla’s sister Ellen. Their grief over never finding Layla or discovering what happened to her drew them together and now they plan to share their future together. That is until strange things start happening. Items from Layla’s childhood start showing up around their house, Finn hears from the detective that someone says they saw Layla in their old neighborhood, emails start showing up from an anonymous person who seems to know more than any person could. What’s going on here? Is Layla alive? If so, what is where is she?