My ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review of Ryder (Steel Shadows Investigations) by Amanda McKinney #TuesdayBookBlog

I killed a man.
Paid ten years of my life for it.
Then she blew through my front door, all train wreck and temptation.
A broken soul . . .
an invitation to danger.

Photographer by day, Ben and Jerry’s enthusiast by night, Louise Sloane isn’t known for her organizational skills or obsession to detail. But when someone from her past goes missing, she makes it her mission to solve the case—especially when the mystery becomes linked to the notorious serial killer, the String Strangler. During one of the worst snowstorms on record, Louise sets off to the small Southern town of Berry Springs, bulldozing her way not only into the investigation, but also into the home of a reclusive former inmate with eyes as cold as ice.

Ryder’s one goal in life is to be left alone. A desire unacknowledged by the five-foot-two-inch train wreck who breaks into his house in the middle of the night. He wants nothing to do with her and all her curves—until she uncovers his secrets and unearths a link to the past that changed his life forever.

As boundaries are shattered and relationships are questioned, a body is found on Ryder’s land, and it becomes apparent that the killer is closer than anyone realized. With his freedom on the line, Ryder must risk going back to prison or losing Louise forever.

RYDER is a standalone romantic suspense.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5

A story that is heartbreaking, has betrayal and twists and a woman with determination to find the person behind the murder of her friend.

Ryder lives a very quiet life. He likes his house minimal, clean, and quiet, so when he finds an intruder in the middle of the night, his world will be turned upside down and sideways by one small woman. He has no idea what is in store for him when he allows Louise to stay with him because she can’t find a room anywhere in the vicinity.

Louise is a quirky woman that has no path in life except for her photography business. She loves to take pictures, and she’s good at it, but she isn’t really happy with her life. She is disorganized, loyal, and determined. When a friend comes up missing, Louise organizes a search for the young woman and when the local authorities deem her friend to be less important than a local, Louise is determined to find her friend and get justice for her, she has no concept of the danger she could be in while doing this. When she stumbles upon and breaks into a house sitting on the hill on a large piece of land in the middle of the night, she finds herself in a cold, dark, minimal house.

I loved this story. It has so much in it. A quirky woman, a man that has been shunned by his town, danger, twists, betrayal, and suspense. It is full of action, and great characters. Louise is a woman on a mission and has no sense of the danger she has put herself in on more than one occasion, Ryder is a man who has lost so much already and just wants to live his life in peace and quiet, but that won’t be possible once he finds Louise. These two are complete opposites, but they are great together. I give this story a 5-star review and whole heartedly recommend it to readers that enjoy suspense, danger, investigators, quirky women and twists in their stories. This was my first read of the Steel Shadows Investigations series, but not my last for sure. I love Ms. McKinney’s books and she did not disappoint in this one.

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