Reviewed by Zara B.
Janice Kay Johnson’s Everywhere She Goes—the next book in her The Mysteries of Angel Butte series—is a dramatic tale that brings together the dangers of the past and present for Cait McAllister. On the run from an abusive ex-boyfriend, Cait runs home to the brother who was always there for her as a kid—the same one she feared after her mother ran away with her at an early age. But deep down she trusts him and she needs him to feel safe.
But the past has a way of catching up with you, and Cait finds herself not only in danger from the abusive ex but a new threat that stems from the past. In the midst of her turmoil, she finds herself embroiled in a relationship with her boss!
Noah Chandler has emotional scars that keep him from believing in happily ever after. But there’s something about Cait that tugs his heart-strings and his protective instincts. Throw in a complicated relationship with her brother and there’s a lot going against these two. But love has a way of conquering even the most stubborn fears making way for the sweetest of futures.
I adore Ms. Johnson’s writing style. Her characters are always realistic and down-to-earth. She has a knack for intertwining a mystery into her romance that keeps you guessing and making her stories thrilling page turners. Everywhere She Goes encompasses almost all of her superb writing, plot and character development. It kept me wondering and on-edge. You felt for the heroine and her brother, the confusion over the past and the need to make a future relationship solid between the two, and you found the hero very appealing.
There were a couple of negatives in this one (that I’ve never had with her others). First, I despised how everyone referred to the hero as ‘ugly’ rather than ‘ruggedly handsome’ or some such. It is one thing for the hero to have some self-esteem issues and worry about something mentioned in his past, something that may have tainted the view he has of himself. It is so another to have the brother of the heroine basically say he is ugly. That wasn’t appealing as a reader and made me feel kind of negative to the brother (who is a hero in another book and very likeable). Then again the brother has reasons to despise the hero, so maybe it was born from that but still not something I liked reading. The other thing is that the heroine and hero walked a fine line in their relationship and were okay with basically lying about it while still sort of flaunting it. I realize the marriage statement near the end was real on the hero’s part but it was almost a shock to the reader because I didn’t feel like anything led up to that…but all is forgiven by the end because the hero and heroine and brother all make peace and there is so much that happens you can tell these two are meant to be together!
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About the book…
Standing between her…and danger
Returning to her hometown is Cait McAllister’s chance to stand on her own. That means taking a break from men and relationships. Then she meets her new boss, the intriguing Noah Chandler. As the mayor, he’s got bold plans for Angel Butte. As a man, he’s so tempting that Cait’s vow of independence is in jeopardy.
The most persuasive part of him, however, could be the way he looks out for her. Because when a threat from her past puts her in danger, Noah is there to protect her. And there’s no way she can resist a man who has so much invested in keeping her safe.