By Reese Patton
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
When the corpse of a missing woman surfaces in the river, the discovery leads journalist Merideth Gardner and fake boyfriend, billionaire publisher, Ian Stirling into uncharted territory. She discovers evidence of a murderer hunting vulnerable women in the city. And a cover up. Finding the truth behind the killings consumes Merideth.
As she dances closer to the edge of danger, Ian’s need to keep her safe may prove to be an even greater threat to their arranged relationship. Getting the story of the century could put Merideth and his paper at risk. Killing it will destroy everything she’s worked for. To protect the woman he secretly loves, Ian must witness the destruction of his perfectly constructed world.
Loaded Questions is the final book in the suspense-filled Romance series, Billion Dollar Headlines. If you enjoy sarcastic heroines, sexy alpha males, and plot lines filled with intrigue, then you won’t be able to put down Reese Patton’s thrilling tale about a man finally winning the woman he loves.
I feel somewhat guilty reviewing this book, even though I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Why? Because I didn’t read the previous books in the series. This is my first recommendation if you’re considering this book – read the others first so you hit the ground running, especially as it applies to understanding the contractual relationship existing between Ian Stirling and Merideth Gardner and, consequently, why Ian would be considered a realistic suspect in the murder cases. I have to admit, it took me longer than I wanted to figure out what was going on and who was who and how Ian and Merideth got involved in the first place. I also didn’t have that ingrained sense (which I should have felt going in if I knew their past) of love between Ian and Merideth.
Though I didn’t really find the story overly suspenseful – at no point did I really feel, deep down, that Merideth was in danger simply because, I did like the sub-plot about identifying the real story and doing the right thing; turning on the light switch, as Gerry called it. Merideth eventually doing the right thing – as well as her camaraderie with Ian’s grandfather – were my favorite parts of the storyline. Solving the case seemed to come pretty naturally – I didn’t find a lot of surprises or twists. The book is a quick and easy read, however, and some of the secondary characters – namely Ian’s grandfather and Stone – really added to the storyline.
Not really, UNLESS you have already read the previous four books and are interested in finding out how the story concludes.
Original review posted on Amazon and Goodreads on July 31, 2016.