Summer Stalker by Nicole Helm

Posted July 25, 2021 by Marsha in 2021 New Release Challenge, 2021 Reading Challenge, Harlequin, Harlequin Intrigue, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

Someone’s watching them.

Someone they’d never suspect.

Reece Montgomery’s on an undercover mission to learn what unsuspecting B and B owner Lianna Kade knows about her husband’s murder.

However, the workaholic North Star agent finds himself in serious danger, not the least of which is his unprofessional need to protect Lianna and her son, Henry.

When the fearless widow proposes an ultra-risky plan to lure a killer, it will test Reece’s resolve not to fall for Lianna and her fatherless child.

Titles in the A North Star Novel series include — Summer StalkerShot Through the HeartMountainside MurderCowboy in the Crosshairs

This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Title:  Summer Stalker
Series:  A North Star Novel #1
Author:  Nicole Helm
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Published:  April 27, 2021
Publisher:  Harlequin Intrigue
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Summer Stalker begins the North Star series with an unexpected romance between one supposedly emotionless agent and one very untrusting widow somewhat on the run from her dead husband’s past.  Lianna and Reece are a, well, complicated and complex couple falling for each other right in the middle of some nail-biting danger.  Although I liked Lianna and sweet Henry so much, it was Reece who really stole my heart this time.  There were times when I simply ached for this man who has no real clue what love is, how it feels, or even how to react to being loved for himself.  The reasons?  Well, that complicated and complex personality comes into play once again.  Oh, come on now, you didn’t really expect me to give away major plotlines, did you?  But I will say that the story is amazing, and the characters are so real-to-life and endearing in so many unexpected ways while also in the midst of life-threatening situations.

The North Star agents might be done with one case, but more people could use their unique expertise and help in righting wrongs.  And they’ve just been contacted through official channels that “someone” wants to know more about Lianna, a widowed B & B owner.  Her husband was killed in a botched robbery, but there are a lot of unanswered questions that simply do not add up. Reece is about to go undercover to find those answers not knowing he’s about to lose that heart he doesn’t believe he has along the way.

Lianna is such a strong woman, she’s had to be in many circumstances.  Right now she’s content to manage the B & B, help her inquisitive son Henry enjoy his childhood free of his father’s past, and simply find some peace for herself.  All that is about to change with Reece’s arrival, and the danger that follows close on his heels.

I really enjoy the camaraderie between the North Star agents, much like a family with their quibbles and pranks… and having each other’s backs no matter what.  Reece and Lianna were a delight to watch as their emotions and affections for each other grew stronger.  And my heart did ache for Reece who really doesn’t understand his own feelings let alone have words to describe them.  Love just isn’t a word that he’s used much in his life, so Lianna and Henry came as a bit of a surprise to him.  Henry is a sweetheart, an inquisitive boy who has a bit of hero worship for Reece that will turn into a deeper emotion in time.  Henry stole just about every scene he’s in.  The danger is very real and extremely intense, the villain may come as a surprise but vile nonetheless.  Summer Stalker is a roller coaster ride of a story full of danger, intrigue, relationships, friendships, and learning to trust in love.  I had a blast here.

I own a Kindle edition of this title.

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