Friday, June 13, 2014

Deeper Than Need

In Deeper Than Need by Shiloh Walker, Trinity is starting fresh, and has moved with her son to Madison, into a wonderful old house she's renovating.  As soon as she saw the house she felt like she was home.  She was completely unprepared for the 'click' she felt when she met contractor Noah.  He is hot and she is going to be seeing a lot of him when he works on her home.

Noah has existed but never really lived since the disappearance of his teenage girlfriend.  He does not feel he has enough life in him to offer anyone, nor is he interested in relationships.  He keeps to himself a lot, and spends a lot of time helping troubled youth in Madison.  As Noah begins working on Trinity's home and seeing her every day, he is unable to deny the attraction and connection he feels for her.  He is also unable to avoid the past that confronts him every time he sees her house.  Noah's emotions are in conflict...

Trinity was so sure about her new felt so right but now that she's in it she is creeped out at night and hears things.  When a horrible discovery in her home bursts open a mysterious past, questions and secrets about the town she now calls home start to come out.  There is evil lurking, and some people want the secrets of the past to stay there.  Will the truth ever come out, or will it stay hidden in the shadows?  As the number of mysteries involving Madison become more abundant and unclear, the relationship between Noah and Trinity becomes clearer, as if they were meant to be together.  With pasts that haunt them both and the wariness only a broken heart can evoke, will they take the chance with each other?

Although there are 3 Secrets and Shadows novellas that precede Deeper Than Need, they are only very loosely tied to Deeper Than Need and this novel can be read alone.  Deeper Than Need is a much darker, much more complex story, but just as intriguing as the novella's.  I did expect there to be more of a relationship to the novella's, so that was a bit disappointing for me.

The main characters in Deeper Than Need are strong and outside of the mystery, Noah and Trinity's romance and feelings are believable.  Trinity's background is a bit more mysterious and the telling of it is more drawn out, but in an intriguing I want to get to know her way. They are both hurting and I loved how Shiloh brought them together.   There are a lot of secondary characters in Deeper Than Need, and Shiloh will give you POV's from some of them too, which really makes things interesting!  I did find that there were so many secondary characters they and their stories were at times difficult to keep track of, a little confusing, and a little distracting.  

Noah and Trinity's relationship was secondary to the mysteries surrounding the town of Madison in  Deeper Than Need.  Shiloh will keep you guessing with twists, turns and plot surprises.  She will keep you guessing for some of the story also as we wait for the next book in this series to come out.

Shiloh's writing is fabulous and the foundation of Deeper Than Need is strong, but I felt like it was a bit crowded in the book at times.

Romantic Suspense readers who like deep, layered plots will enjoy Deeper Than Need.

3/5 stars

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