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Hannah Blake had finally decided to put her unrequited love for her boss, Xander Finley, on the back burner to get on with her life when she finds a dead body at the office. As Hannah and Xander work with the police to investigate the “White Rose” serial killer, Hannah finds herself at the center of the investigation when the killer decides Hannah is his new “true love.”
When Hannah’s life is threatened, Xander is forced to fully look at his life and realize what losing Hannah would do to him. As the killer gets closer, Xander and Hannah get closer but Xander finds it difficult to convince Hannah that his feelings are real and not just a product of the situation.
For the most part I really enjoyed this book. The character development was great, the plot moved along well and I really liked that the main male character was not drop dead gorgeous. (I mean really, how many times do we meet a Brad Pitt?!) I really liked how the characters had a long relationship with each other and that love had grown with that relationship. The White Rose killer story line was believable and had me mentally pointing the finger at several different characters as the novel progressed.
This is not the first book in the series and there were several moments where I felt that I needed to have read the first books to really understand what was going on. I also really struggled with all the minor characters. There are a lot of minor characters and we are given some background history on almost all of them. I really struggled to keep all of them straight in my head and found myself having to stop to reread portions of the book to try and figure who was who.
The book was left wide open for another in the series and there were minor story lines that flowed throughout the main thread that could easily be picked up in other novels. I will definitely read the next book in the series. I love it when the characters I have fallen in love with are in other books. I would recommend reading Common Grounds.